Which type of parasite control is best for your pets?

How often should you give your dog a bath? Probably more than you might think.

"Veterinary dermatologists are now recommending twice weekly baths during the allergy season and once weekly the rest of the year," said Dr. Marty Becker with

That's why he's now switched from topical flea and tick control - where you put the liquid on your pets back - to an oral medication that they swallow.

"What happens with some of the topical products is they lose their efficacy with repeated baths," he said. "So, if you have a pet that does a lot of swimming or if you're going to give them lots of baths for skin problems, then you might want to look at one that doesn't lose its efficacy from bathing."

This advice from If you use a spot-on parasite treatment, make sure to apply it several days before or after bathing for maximum distribution and effectiveness.

And make sure you use the right product on the right pet. A dose for a large dog could hurt a smaller one. It could be extremely dangerous for a cat.

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