For older pets with joint problems, smaller dogs, or pets that just want to live a life of leisure, pet ramps can be a huge help. Pet ramps can be used to make it easier for your dog or cat to hop into the car, onto your bed, or onto the living room couch. Here are 10 of our favorite for your cat or pup. These pet ramps are sturdy, lightweight, and durable, making your next road trip cross-country more convenient and safe for you and your pet.
1. Pet Gear Tri-Fold Ramp
Starting off as compact and small enough to be easily carried anywhere, this ramp unfolds to a length of up to 71 inches, 3 times its folded length, apart from the maintaining its 19.5 in. width. The 4 in. thick ramp is able to hold weights of up to 200 pounds without giving in, and with its skid-resistant surface, dogs will find it fairly easy to ascend its incline and into the trunk of a car, or wherever they need to go that would have otherwise caused a headache.
- Rubber grippers to steady ramp
- Anti-skid surface
- Large width for safety
2. Solvit Pet Ramps with FREE Dog Training Clicker Bundle
Resembling a slide of sorts, with borders on both sides for added safety, this 62 in. ramp can be folded in half for easy portability. Weighing just 10 pounds, it is also light, adding to its conveniently compact size. Once unfolded, the ramp can be easily placed in an inclining position to help a dog get to heights otherwise too difficult to reach; the high-traction surface helps with this.
- Safety release hatches
- Lightweight and portable
- Easy to clean
- Traction sandpaper not highest quality
3. Pet Gear Tri-Fold Ramp 71 Inch Supports 200lbs
Impressive numbers are needed to qualify a dog ramp to make the top-10 list, so by measuring a total 71 inches and able to hold up to 200 pounds of weight, this ramp easily justifies its inclusion. Those numbers are made possible by the heavy-duty construct, supported by rubber grippers at the bottom, and good traction on the surface for easy climbing.
- Built-in handle
- Strong and lightweight
- Good length
- Small width
- Unstable under great weights
4. Pet Gear Pet Ramp
Despite all the standard features, this ramp’s specialty is in its stability, the key of which is in the free-standing design, meaning the ramps doesn’t depend on the surfaced it inclines. At 56 inches, it is long enough to help a dog into most cars, beds, and other standard destination, all thanks to the supportive legs going as high as 23 inches. The 16 in. width also means it is safe and minimizes chances of a dog slipping off.
- Foldable and portable
- Stable and secure
- Durable construction
5. Solvit Deluxe Telescoping Dog Ramp
As a foldable ramp, extending from 39 inches to 72 inches, its portability is unquestionable, especially when considering the mere 13 pounds it weighs and the built-in handle. Despite this, the ramp is able to support a stunning 400 pounds without giving in, enabled by both aluminum and plastic used in the construction. Four rubber feet keep the ramp stable, and the 17 inches of width guarantee this ramp’s suitability for safe use, no matter the size of the dog.
- High weight tolerance
- Safe and secure use
- Durable construction
- Anti-slip surface ineffective
6. Pet Gear Step and Ramp Combination
Ideally for dogs with joint problems, this simple ramp helps with difficulties getting to minor heights in a safe and reliable way, with rubber grips fitted at the bottom of the sturdy structure. The length of the incline measures up to 56 inches, most of which is covered by a non-slip carpet; its height reaches a total 23 inches, and the 16 in. width is also a number that plays well into the general safety offered.
- Freestanding structure
- Durable build
- Easy to put together
- Anti-slip carpet ineffective
7. Petmaker 18” Foldable Pet Ramp
Made from high-quality materials including mahogany, this durable ramp is ideal for helping small pets reach heights they otherwise couldn’t get to. The thick wood includes legs at the upper end, providing the ramp its freestanding structure, as well as giving it the 18 in. height it boasts. Padded foam compromises the bulk of the ramp, extending to a total of 30.5 inches in length measuring a total 15 inches in width, making it safe to use for pets as it is both wide enough to preventing slipping as well.
- Suitable for vacuum and spot cleaning
- Quality materials
- Freestanding design
8. Pet Gear Travel Lite Bi-Fold Half Ramp
Measuring 66 inches in length, starting off with half that amount when folded in half for easy portability, this ramp manages to blend a mix of both usefulness and convenience, making it a highly valuable item to carry around. The piece is fit with rubber grips at its bottom to provide stability and the surface of the ramp is fit with a carpet meant to prevent dogs from slipping.
- Good length
- Easily portable
- Rubber grippers
- Low weight capacity (150 pounds)
- Thin width
9. Solvit Wood Bedside Ramp
This ramp is one of the best due to the stable structure and quality design. With supportive legs fitted at its upper ends, and a landing area atop this, climbing up and down is made easy not only for dogs who can’t reach the 25 inches of height, but also for animals with joint problems. At 70 inches long and 16 inches wide, it is also impressive in its reach, along with all the safety and stability offered.
- Freestanding design
- Good traction carpet
- Durable material
10. 46” Folding Solid Wood Pet Indoor/Outdoor Carpeted Ramp
As a simple ramp for small dogs, and one that can be easily folded in half and carried around, this light wood ramp is ideal. It can be easily carried around, and with a total length of 43 inches when unfolded, it can reach as high as is needed. Safety measures are provided in the rubber grippers at the bottom of the piece, the traction carpet on the ramp’s surface, apart from the 16 in. width being protective enough.
- Easily portable
- Traction carpets included
Earlier this month, we featured 10 of our favorite dog beds for large dogs. Now it’s time to give a shout out to the small dogs and puppies out there wanting a comfy bed!
These ten are great options if you’re looking for a new dog bed for your pup. If you’re looking for a bed with a therapeutic cushion, check out number 1. If you need a dog bed can be easily cleaned in the washer/dryer, consider number 2. If you want a bed that’s warm and cozy, try out number 7. And if you want to see the cutest dog ever, go to number 8!
1. Good Life Solutions Luxury Pet Bed with Therapeutic Cushion
Enclosing a polyester fleece cushion, one that provides as much comfort as is possible, a 6-inch-high wall serves to safeguard sleeping pets and maximize on the comfort factor even more. The oval shape of the bed makes for 18 inches in length and 15 inches in width, enough room for small dogs and puppies. The middle pillow piece is removable and can be easily washed.
- 100% cotton upper material
- Durable material
2. BRINGLE Soft Memory Foam Dog Bed with Removable Washable Cover
Fitting this khaki colored mattress anywhere in the house should prove to be no problem, given its 17” in length and 11” in width, dimensions large enough for a small dog. As the interior is made from memory foam, not only is this pet bed comfortable, it also has therapeutic properties that benefit a dog’s physical health. The plush cover can be easily removed to wash/dry in the washing machine/dryer.
- Doesn’t clump
- Shredded memory foam
- Orthopedic construct
- 3” height
3. HappyCare Textiles Reversible Pet Bed
Designed in a simple and elegant way, this pet bed makes it easy for a small dog to hop on and off, thanks to the opening at the front, all without compromising on the comforting protection the bolsters provide. The middle cushion has an interior rectangular shape that measures 18” x 15”, enough for small dogs to feel comfortable in. Its suitability for machine washing also makes it pet-owner friendly.
- Soft and bulky bolsters
- Machine washable
- Reversible design
4. K&H Manufacturing Ortho Bolster Sleeper
Designed in the shape of a sofa, with an interior sleeping surface of 12” x 12”, this pet bed offers comfort both in sleep and when in need of relaxation, and its compact size suitable for small dogs means it is just as usable when on the go. The surrounding bolsters provide both a safe enclosure and comfortable support. This bed also has 3 inches of medical grade orthopedic foam, which makes this bed a great purchase.
- Made from recycled materials
- Soft and washable upholstery
- Available in 2 colors
5. Animals Favorite Dog Bed
This dog bed is ideal for small breeds, taking care to offer them as much comfort as they need. The raised sides provide security and comfort as it prevents sleeping dogs from rolling off. The material is also soft and durable, making this an ideal dog bed.
- Made with durable polyester material that’s easy to clean and maintain
- Removable cushion
- Raised sides
- Quilted design
6. Precision Pet Donut Bed
Though donut shaped, the interior of this bed is in no way hollow, instead covered with a velour fabric that provides comfort for sleeping dogs. This inner pillow is stuffed with polyester fill that is sourced from recycled materials, adding a positive environmental element to a cozy pet bed. The bolsters around the bed are thick, filled with stuffing, enough to safeguard a pet and provide comfortable support. At 17”, it is also spacious enough for small dogs and just about any puppy.
- Non-skid bottom
- Suitable for machine wash and dry
- Comfortable fabric
- No space in bolster for easy entry/exit
7. Aspen Pet Self Warming Beds
Made from faux lamb’s wool, the interior of this bed boasts both comfort and warmth as the heat-reflecting material allows small dogs to cozy around it, surrounded by elevated bolsters, making it ideal for use in the winter. Measuring 19” all around and specializing in its intelligent design in exchange for sheer space, the bed is suitable for smaller dogs.
- Heat insulating polyester
- Non-skid bottom surface
8. Best Friends OrthoComfort Deep Dish Cuddler
As a singular structure, covered completely in Sherpa, there are fewer beds that are as comfortable as this one. The versatile design, with elevated surroundings that can serve as a headrest around an already stuffed interior, allow the bed to wrap itself cozily around different sized animals. As if that wasn’t enough, the bottom is fitted with a water and dirt resisting nylon fabric, and maintenance of the bed includes suitability for vacuum cleaning, machine washing, and drying. All this makes it one of the best beds for small dogs.
- Versatile design
- Easy maintenance
- Moisture resistant bottom
9. K&H Manufacturing Self-Warming Lounge Sleeper
Dogs not only feel comfort when sleeping on this bed, but consisting of 2 layers of fabric, the heat that bounces off their bodies is reflected back to them, keeping them warm and cozy, all conveniently done without the need of electrical appliances. Measuring 16” in length, 20” in width, and a total height of 6”, it is a perfect fit for small dogs.
- Inner stuffing made from recycled materials
- Resistant to bites and tears
- Electricity free self-warming fabric
- Non-slip bottom
- Washable but no removable cover
10. Precision Pet Shearling Round Bed
Soft velour covers the entire sleeping surface of this bed, making it comfortable and cozy for small dogs. The bed is filled with polyester and made from recycled plastic bottles, and a non-skid bottom provides the necessary stability. Measuring 21”, small dog breeds will find plenty of space to comfortably rest.
- Comfortable and cozy
- Suitable for machine wash and dry
- Non-skid bottom
- Raised walls provide support for dogs’ head, neck, and back
Did you know the average adult dog sleeps between 12 to 14 hours per day? That’s a lot of hours sleeping. We wish we could spend that much time sleeping. Anywho, just like us, it’s important for dogs to have a comfortable place to sleep and to call their own. Here are 10 large dog beds we recommend for your dog so he can get a good night’s, or day’s, sleep.
1. AKC Casablanca Round Solid Pet Bed
Made from 100% polyester, this quality pet bed is not only comfortable enough for large dogs, but at a size measuring 21” round x 6” deep, it also provides enough space to accommodate for dogs of the appropriate size. The soft material can also be easily machine washed, and at a low setting, it can be tumble dried as well. It also holds up well against the expected chewing and other such threats.
- Comfortable with boundary
- Easily washed and dried
2. PetFusion Ultimate Pet Bed & Lounge
Covering this pet bed’s memory foam is covered by a twill made from 65% polyester and 35% cotton, a comfortable combination, and the fact that it is removable makes it easy to clean. The 4” foam is the true hallmark of the bed, providing both the support needed to carry a large dog and adding to the comfort the twill offers. Bolsters surround the bed add comfort and support to a piece that is with dimensions making it suitable for large dogs.
- Water and tear resistant
- Large 36” x 28” size
- Non-skid bottom
- Fabric is not very durable or waterproof
3. Serta Orthopedic Quilted Couch
Suitable as a relaxing couch, this pet bed is large enough to comfortably fit a large sleeping dog, and it will make any pet feel cozy. The main piece is a 4” thick orthopedic egg crate foam, wrapped in a comfortable quilt, measuring 34” x 24” in length and width respectively. The cover has a zip that allows it to be removed for washing.
- Bolsters for support
- Large and comfortable
- Thick layer
4. Majestic Pet Rectangle Dog Bed
What looks like a gigantic pillow, measuring 30” x 40”, turns out to be one of the best beds for large dogs. The simple design allows dogs to easily hop on and off the 8” thick bed. Its height offers all the necessary comfort, consisting of high-loft fill, wrapped in a cover made of polyester and cotton twill, and at the top, sheepskin that will make any dog feel comfortable. This removable exterior cover is easy to wash and it is fairly resilient.
- Tear resistant and durable
- Lacks bolsters for support
5. Trendy Pet Trellis Pet Bed
The exterior patterns and design show you how much quality is to be expected from this pet bed, but perhaps most important among what is immediately obvious is the size of the bed, measuring 27” x 35”. The bolstered center pillow is covered with an ultra-soft microfiber that provides the best comfort. The surrounding bolsters, on the other hand, are covered with a thick cloth that is resistant to tears and bites, apart from providing support all around a sleeping pet.
- Attractive design
- Large and tall
- Susceptible to damage after wash
6. LaiFug Orthopedic Pet Bed
As a mattress, which is what the design of this great bed permits it to be called, the interior makeup is key to making it one of the best, and with the 2-inch-high memory foam, it clearly is one of the best. The inner cover is waterproof, and to add to the bed’s resilience and durability, the outer cover can easily be washed, and once enough time has passed, it can just as easily be replaced. Measuring 46×28 inches, it is large enough to comfortably host large dogs.
- Good for dogs with joint problems
- Durable memory foam
- Removable cover
7. Serta Orthopedic Quilted Couch
The simple, rectangular shape of this pet bed shouldn’t put anyone off, as it has a lot to offer by way of comfort. The orthopedic foam provides a blend of both comfort and rigidness that is as hospitable to a tired dog as it is to one with arthritis. The crate foam measures 36” in length, 27” in width, and 4” in height. The cover can be easily unzipped and put into wash.
- Large size
- Comfortable foam
- Easy to wash
8. Majestic Pet Suede Bagel Dog Bed
They hardly come as large, thick, and comfortable as this pet bed. The 10” of height that it boasts is owed to the high -oft polyester fiberfill, and along with the soft waterproof cover, comfort and reliability are two things this bed certainly doesn’t lack. With interior dimensions of 46” x 30”, the bed is large enough to accommodate big dogs, but this size is added to by the surrounding bolsters that add 6” in width and length.
- Machine washable
- Large and durable
- Middle pillows sags after a while
9. American Kennel Club Sofa Pet Bed
Large dogs could not be happier than when they are on a bed that measures 40” x 30” in length and width respectively, and one that measures 8” high, indicative of its comfort. Its interior is made from a comfortable foam that any pet will appreciate. The middle pillow and surrounding bolsters are all part of a design that only maximizes an already comfortable bed.
- Non-skid bottom
- Made from recycled materials
- Removable and washable cover
10. Furhaven Pet Orthopedic Pet Mattress
The faux fur fabric that sits atop the piece is something that is sure to make pets feel cozy, and covering an area of 36” x 27”, it will accommodative large dogs in particular. The soft cover is water resistant, and it holds up well against scratches and bites. It can also be easily unzipped for washing. The 3” egg crate interior is thick enough to comfortably hold weight the weight of a large dog, and is rigid enough to make to support joints, making it the orthopedic bed it is.
- Large dimensions
- Soft cover
- Easily maintained
- Easy step on and off design means it flattens quickly
As the holidays approach, pet owners may struggle deciding whether or not they should bring their cat Mittens or their dog Spot with them on vacation. They might look at the laundry list of questions they have about traveling with their pet and feel overwhelmed: Which pet carriers are airline approved? How can they ensure there’s enough space in the car or plane for them? How can they make sure their pet is comfortable during the entire car ride or flight?
If finding the perfect pet carrier is the thing that stands between you and bringing your pet on your holiday vacation, look no further than the list below. We’ve reviewed 10 pet carriers, covering the pros and cons of all of them.
As a carrier approved by airlines, security is to be expected, and the design of this bag does not allow pets an escape. As pet owners, concern over a pet’s comfort is expected, and with a removable fleece bed at the bottom, as well as nothing harmful being in the way, comfort is assured. At 19” in length, 10” width, 13” in height, and able to carry up to 10 lbs., any cat can comfortably fit in this carrier.
- Secure straps
- Breathable material
- Storage compartments
With a sleek and simple design, this airline-approved carrier is suitable to carry cats in the safest and most comfortable ways, immediately evidenced by the mesh sides that allow for good airflow. Soft sides mean that a cat is offered all-round comfort and ventilation. Despite its comfort and light weight, the carrier is also sturdy enough to contain pets safely. The firm straps and ability to fold flat for storage add convenience to a quality product.
- Soft material
- Large 18” x 11” x 10” dimensions
- Side netting doesn’t last long
Made from a sturdy plastic, dotted with pores to allow for proper ventilation, it is clear to see that this carrier does well to blend security with comfort. The dimensions are rather large, accommodating cats of any size, as well as other added paraphernalia. The 2-door construction, each of which is securely fit in place, as well as the handle at the top of the carrier, add convenience to the mix.
- Durable construction
- 21” x 14.75” x 13.25” interior dimension
- Good air circulation
- No added comfort measures
Apart from being able to carry just about any cat, no matter how large, this carrier also manages to pack a whole range of positive features. Measuring 22” in length and 15” in both height and width, the nylon canvas material offers a lot of interior space, and it is able to hold weights of up to 45 lbs. This impressive feat is complemented by the comfort it offers, with a nap pillow covering the entire bottom surface, and netting on three sides to allow maximum air flow.
- Two side openings and top opening
- Handles for easy portability
- Moisture resistant
- Not officially airline approved
This carrier excels in maximizing space, with the ability to expand its 11” width size to 10” on both sides, giving it a sum total of 31” when all setup. At 18” in length and 11” in height, it is rare to find a cat carrier as large as this, something that many will find convenient. A fleece base adds enough comfort to accommodate to a carrier that manages to carry up to 14 lbs.
- Front and top openings
- Ventilated sides and top
- Features secure straps, a side pocket, and bowl
- Airline approved
For a cat carrier, the fact that it can hold up to 18 lbs. of weight says a lot about it, especially when considering how portable it is. The soft fleece ensures that a cat is comfortable throughout a journey, and with a side mesh, enough air is allowed in for comfortable breathing. The all-round zip also provides maximum security.
- Washable material
- Secure opening
- Folds flat for storage
17” long, 10” wide, and 10” high carrier aren’t necessarily bad numbers to begin with, even as exterior measurements, but this cat carrier has a lot to offer. The entire side length of both sides consists of netting that allows air to circulate without interruption. Openings at the front and the top also mean easy accessibility; a rear pocket helps with storage, and the fitted strap makes it easy to carry. The overall material is sturdy, holds up well, with PVC backing to make it extra durable.
- Plastic feet for ground support
- Soft padded bottom
- Dual zipper openings
- Easy to carry
- Low weight carrying capacity
There is more to this carrier than its attractive vintage look, featuring a shoulder strap and hand straps, both of which are sure to come in handy. Made from reinforced polyester, and durable side meshes, not only will cats find it impossible to claw their way out of this bag, but the build ensures it will last for many a journey. At 17.5” long, 10” wide, and 11” high, any cat can comfortably fit in this carrier.
- Good ventilation
- Durable build
- Airline approved
For security, it rarely gets better than what this carrier has to offer, featuring a steel wire front door that complements the sturdy plastic structure. A top opening, fit with a handle, makes life easier for owners; air holes and measurements of 19” long, 20” wide, and 10” high make it suitable for just about any cat, no matter how heavy.
- Sturdy construction
- Two-door design
- Air holes for ventilation
As a product that is both light and sturdy in structure, the added benefits of having a fleece bed for comfort, and both hand and shoulder straps for easy portability, make this a complete travel carrier. All 4 sides of the bag have netting that allows for great air circulation, but despite this, the quality and a zipper at the front of the carrier mean that pets are kept securely.
- Adjustable shoulder straps
- Washable fleece base
- Great ventilation
- Low weight tolerance (8 lbs.)
These pet carriers will make traveling easier for both you and your pet. If you find it hard to justify buying a pet carrier, they can be an early Christmas gift for your cat or dog this holiday season! Whether you’re traveling by car, plane, or train, you can bring your pet along for the ride with these pet carriers.
We’ve all had those rushed mornings, late work nights, or days stuck in traffic where you can’t feed Fido breakfast or dinner right on time. Or those weekends when we generously add toppings onto our dog’s food, unintentionally giving her health problems. With automatic pet feeders, you can ensure that you feed your dog the right amount, and on time.
If you’re considering getting an automated pet feeder, check out our list below. We’ve reviewed 10 automated pet feeders, giving the pros and cons of all of them. If you do buy one, let us know in the comments how it went! What did you like the most/least about the automated feeder?
The PetSafe feeder features all the standard designs that enable it to both store large amounts of food and easily release that into a bowl or dish below it. It also comes with the added benefit of a digital timer that can be easily programmed to dispense food regularly for up to 12 times a day. The amounts can be measured from anywhere between 1/8 of a cup to 4 whole cups.
- Anti-jam system
- Durable, easy to wash pet-proof build
- Includes stainless steel bowl
- Not suitable for large dogs
- Not suitable for wet foods
Specializing in high-tech functionality, this automatic pet feeder’s hallmark feature is its ability to allow pet owners control of through its Wi-Fi connectivity. This includes using a webcam to check up on pets and stay updated with notifications that confirm pre-programmed meal dispensers that are sent directly to any smartphone. The feeder doesn’t use batteries but connects directly to a socket for power supply.
- 6 separate compartments
- Suitable for wet foods, dry foods, and medication
- Online profile builder for multiple pet owners
With a tank that can hold up to 5.5 liters of dry foods, this pet feeder can be programmed to automatically feed one or several pets, multiple times a day. The LCD screen is easy to use, visible in the dark, and it enables owners to record their voices to call pets during meal times. The design is durable and secure enough to make it safe around all sizes of pets.
- 3 D-sized batteries
- Easy to use
- Dispenses amounts as small as ¼ of a cup
- Pet-proof design
- 24-hour AC power connection
- Ideal food recipe recommendations
- Restricted to certain food types and sizes
- Not long lasting
Three prominent pieces make up a whole and complete feeder, including the plastic tank (able to hold 5.5L of dry food), the center piece(holds everything together, measures the food and distributes it to the extended bowl piece), and the bowl. The LCD screen on the center piece allows users to program what time of the day the food is to be dispensed, how many times it is to be dispensed, and in what quantities.
- Reliable function
- 10-second voice record function
- Large storage
Apart from its unique design, this pet feeder operates in the simplest and most traditional of ways, passing food automatically from its pet-proof plastic container, able to carry 4.4 lbs. of dry food, through to the large bowl piece. With an automatic control function enabled by 5 buttons and an LCD screen, users can program the feeder to dispense food up to 4 times a day. A water bowl and detachable water bottle add a unique completeness to the feeder.
- Dual battery and power plug options
- Pet-friendly construction
- 12-second message recorder function
- Limited food types
- Unable to adjust amount of food dispensed
- Compatible with all smartphones
- Supports micro SD card
- Can provide 4 pre-scheduled meals a day
- Dual battery and power plug options
- Doesn’t support 5GHz Wi-Fi
In increments of 24 ml, this pet feeder is able to dispense 10 such portions, divided into a maximum of 4 meals a day. This accurate measurement capability is coupled with an LCD display that serves as a clear indicator of automatic functions that are fairly easy to program. The dispenser is detachable, and along with the secure lid, the entire feeder can be easily cleaned.
- Quiet and long-lasting motor
- Dual battery and power plug options
- 10-second voice record function
- Automatic functions may have program bugs
Able to store up to 10.6 liters of food, this large storage capacity allows for dispensation of up to 5 meals a day, in up to 12 measured portions of 25 grams, making this suitable for larger pets. This automatic functionality is easily programmed with the 8 buttons included, also allowing you to schedule the exact time you want the food to be dispensed. The build of the feeder is durable, secure enough to disallow pets from getting more than they should, as well as being safe to use.
- Large feeding capacity
- Built-in voice recorder
- Remote controlling
- Loud, immutable alarm beep
Apart from having a pet-proof design, this automatic feeder is ideal for larger household pets as it is able to store as much as 10.65 L of dry foods. In portions ranging from ½ cup to 2 ½ cup, up to 4 meals a day can be easily pre-scheduled, and with the 4 D-sized batteries along with a power plug connectivity, the feeder can be used 24/7.
- Built-in microphone and speaker to record messages
- Detachable tray for easy cleaning
- Large storage and accurate measurements
From the health benefits to the time saving aspects, automated pet feeders have made being a pet parent that much easier. And even if you decide to stay with the traditional pet food bowl, it’s cool to know that automatic pet feeders will always be an option if needed. They sure do show how far technology has come.
Most pet owners are aware of the importance of flea and tick prevention for their animals. Apart from being itchy, uncomfortable and painful for your pets, fleas and ticks can lead to more serious issues if left unchecked. They can soon lead to hair loss and many ticks carry a number of diseases, including serious ones such as Lyme disease. They can also cause a problem for humans if they get out of control as the pests could start affecting the household.
The bottom line is, the problem can not be ignored. Although more prevalent in the warmer months, fleas and ticks can occur all year round, especially as the animals roam around the grass and shrubs, If left unchecked, these pests can lead to serious problems.
There are numerous options on the market with new products being released all the time and it can be quite daunting when trying to determine which is the best option for your pets. There is also a lot of marketing hype around a number of products and claims that their product is the fastest, most effective or best on the market. It is important to cut through all the marketing noise to get to the real facts and the best way to do this is to understand more about the options available.
Another big thing at the moment is the use of natural remedies for flea and tick prevention. Some work a bit better than other while others are nothing more than old wives tales and are totally ineffective. The reality is, while some do offer some sort of protection, none are completely effective otherwise we would all be aware of them by now.
We will run through the various options available and the pros and cons of each type of flea and tick prevention products that are available. Once you understand the basics, it will be easier to determine what type or style of product would be the most suitable for your pet and the environment. Once you are clear on that, it will be easier to compare the various products on the market.
Each of these veterinarian recommended collar provides 8 months of flea and tick protection! It works the same way as your monthly preventative except you don’t have to remember to put it on each month. The collar is non-greasy, odorless, and features a release mechanism so your dog will be able get it off in the unlikely event of becoming trapped.
Keep in mind, if your dog swims more than once a month the duration of effectiveness reduced is 5 months.
Pros: Easy-to-use, works for 8 months, top rated, features release mechanism
Cons: Swimming decreases duration of effectiveness, dogs must be at least 7 weeks old and over 18 lbs.
Place this all-natural flea and tick repellent tag on your dog’s collar and be pest free for 1 full year! Absolutely no dangerous chemicals or pesticides are used in this product, instead it utilizes your pet’s own natural preventatives to repel fleas, ticks, AND mosquitoes! This product will begin working within 3 weeks.
As always, Only Natural Pet products include a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.
Pros: Satisfaction Guarantee, protects for a year, chemical & toxin free
Cons: Starts working after three weeks, potential to lose the tag
This product kills and repels fleas and ticks with no toxic effects to your animals or children! Not only can it be used on your pet, it can also be used on bedding, carpet, furniture, and fabric. This lemongrass scented liquid protects your pet from flea and ticks and revitalizes and invigorates your pup’s fur, stopping itching and comforting dry skin and hot spots.
Wondercide is made with cedar oil and lemongrass oil. Both of these have been used for centuries to protect from pests. Cedar oil repels pests and kills on contact.
Pros: Safe on all surfaces without staining, safe for dogs & cats, kills the flea and tick lifecycle, human grade ingredients
Cons: Strong smell indoors
This is Wondercide’s special non-toxic recipe that’s formulated for your backyard and garden! In addition to fleas and ticks, this 100% biodegradable bio-based alternative protects against ants, roaches, chiggers, and more. Use this product on your lawn, kennel, garden, around the swimming pool, dog park, or patio twice within a 7-10 day period to establish control and then once every 30-45 days to maintain.
This product is available in 16, 32, and 128 ounce sizes!
Pros: Safe for flowers, gardens, bees, and bugs, can use in laundry for pet bedding, kills over 100 types of pests
Cons: Doesn’t come with applicator
One spray a month of this highly effective spray gives your pet superior flea and tick protection for 30 days! Why is this product different than other products? As well as a monthly repellent, this easy to use spray bottle can be used as a “rescue” spray in the case of increased activity in severe cases of flea infestations.
This new size bottle gives you twice as much protectant and saves you money!
Pros: Good for rapid flea infestations, doesn’t contain toxic insecticides
6. Bayer Seresto Flea & Tick 8 Months Collar for Cats
This product is similar to the Seresto collar listed above for dogs! This non-greasy, non-scented collar gives you 8 months of protection from fleas and ticks. Just put it around your cat’s neck and be flea free!
This product is for all cats or kittens ages 10 weeks and older.
Pros: Lasts for 8 months, easy-to-use, odorless
Cons: Must be 10 weeks or older
Got a big fella/lady in your life? This monthly treatment is for dogs 55 lbs. and over! Killing adult fleas, eggs, AND larvae, this pack includes 6 pre-measured doses for the big guys. Treating flea larvae halts the entire process of your dog getting fleas, stopping them before they even hatch so they can’t attack.
This well-known brand kills 98-100% of fleas within a 12-hour period!
Pros: Top pet care brand, pre-measured
Cons: One treatment per month
Flea Away naturally repels fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes without any toxic chemicals or residue! This delicious, liver flavored snack works for both cats AND dogs! It’s essentially a water soluble vitamin complex made up to FDA standards. If your animal has allergic reactions to flea bites, this product also helps with that.
This product gets fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes before they bite your dog or cat.
Pros: Completely natural, used for both dogs and cats, vitamin complex
Cons: Must be given daily (sometimes up to three times), May take up to 30 days to see results
This flea and tick shampoo will leave your dog looking and smelling fresh! It’s formulated to make your buddy’s coat brighter AND prevent flea eggs from hatching for 4 weeks. It kills fleas, brown ticks, American dog ticks, and lice.
This shampoo is safe for puppies and kittens over 12 weeks old.
Pros: Safe for dogs and cats, Cleans and deodorizes skin, Brightens fur
Cons: Must be over 12 weeks old
Looking for something heavy duty? This flea spray contains Precor IGR, a regulator that targets flea eggs in the larvae stage before they have a chance to do damage. This can be used indoors (food areas included) and outdoors as well. This solution kills mosquitoes, cockroaches, fleas, flies, ticks, bed bugs and other pests.
Changeable tips make switching from indoors to outdoors a breeze!
Pros: Can be used indoors and outdoors, Kills fleas in their developmental stage, good for mosquitoes
Cons: May be cumbersome to carry for some
Other Products to Help Keep Your Pets Flea Free
A good bath every now and then is a good idea for your pet but it can be back-breaking work, especially with bigger dogs. It can get quite messy too. Some dogs quite enjoy a good bath while others hate it.
Medicated shampoos are available that will kill fleas and ticks immediately. The solution is relatively inexpensive but the process needs to be repeated ever week or two during tick season as the effects are short lived. It is a good idea to use in conjunction with other remedies, especially if you have a very serious problem.
If you are on a very tight budget and want to control fleas and ticks, a good medicated shampoo will be a good option in the short term.
Flea and Tick Dips
Dips can be a very fast and effective treatment for flea and tick problems but they are extremely strong and come with a number of warnings. They consist of a concentrated liquid that you apply the pet’s fur and leave on. It is normally diluted with water and poured over the animal or applied with a sponge. Because of the concentration and the fact that it remains on, they last longer than shampoos.
Always read and follow the instructions as they are powerful. They should not be used on pregnant or nursing animals and animals under four to six months. If you are in any doubt, consult your vet.
Spot-on medication is very effective and generally lasts about a month, eradicating and protecting against fleas and ticks for your pets. They can be purchased from your vet, over the counter or on-line and are quick and easy to apply. As with many products, you get good quality ones and poor ones. Do not be taken in by the marketing, carefully read the labels and note the active ingredients. Again, if you are not sure, consult your vet.
Oral medication, or pills, are also very effective and also last about a month. They disrupt the flea’s life cycle and kill fleas and ticks effectively. They are simple to administer and, as the animal takes them internally, there is no need for concern over other pets or children coming into contact with any potentially harmful ingredients.
Tick and Flea Collars
These are simply and fairly effective when used correctly but probably best used in conjunction with other remedies. The collar is worn around the neck and mostly protects the head and neck area. It should fit snugly so that you can just get two fingers between the skin and the collar. That way it will make contact with the skin and the active ingredients will transfer the animal’s fur and skin.
Keep an eye on the animal after fitting the collar to ensure they are not having any allergic reactions or discomfort. Read the instructions before use. If there is any excess length on the collar, cut it off to avoid the animal chewing on it.
Collars have improved dramatically over recent years and can prove a simple and cost-effective solution. Some can be effective for up to 8 months. They are also useful where your pet it sensitive to tropical treatments.
Keep Your Pets Flea and Tick Free This Year
Your pets are going to be exposed to fleas and ticks no matter where you are or what time of the year. It is important to take control before the problem gets out of hand and causes the animal pain and suffering that could lead to disease and even death in extreme cases.
There are a number of great options available and the choice will depend on the age and size of your pet, the environment and a number of other factors. Some animals react better to one treatment than another and some have adverse reactions to specific products or ingredients. Fortunately, there are effective alternatives so you can find one or a combination that will work perfectly for your pets and keep them flea and tick free all year round. That way you will have happy, healthy pets.