Archive - January 2021

Adopting a New Dog? Ultimate Guide to Monthly Treatments

There’s nothing like adding a new, furry member to the family. Adopting a new dog, however, can come with many unexpected surprises.

In this article, we talk about what you need to know about adopting a new dog, and what monthly medications you’ll need to make sure your pet is healthy.

Making Sure Your Dog is Flea and Tick Free

You don’t want to risk bringing home more than just your new dog. Fleas and ticks are common pests that might be lurking on pets. Adopting a dog in the late spring, summer, and early autumn can mean pests are in full force on your new pet, so investing in a flea and tick medication can help prevent infestations.

Fortunately, we have plenty of tick and flea medications you can use to ensure your pet is healthy and happy, and your home is free of pests. Here are our most popular flea and tick medications for dogs:

Bravecto Chews

This bestseller is a chewable tablet that is easy to give to dogs ages 6 months and up for the prevention of fleas and ticks. It works for up to 8-12 weeks, and is considered one of the longest-lasting chew tablets for dogs that is FDA-approved.

Trifexis Chewable Tablets for Dogs

Made for dogs as young as 8 weeks, and at least 5 pounds in weight, Trifexis is another chewable tablet that protects and kills fleas and parasitical worms. This medication is given once a month and comes in a beef flavor that dogs love.

Revolution for Dogs

For a topical medication that protects dogs of all sizes from fleas and ticks, Revolution is our best-seller. Administered monthly, this medication also protects against mites, parasites, and sarcoptic mange.

Preventing Heartworm

While fleas and ticks are easy to spot on pets, heartworms are less obvious. Heartworms enter your pet via mosquitoes, and can infect dogs silently for months. In order to protect your new dog from these dangerous parasites, you’ll want to make sure you have one of our heartworm treatment medications:

Heartgard Plus Chewables for Dogs

This easy-to-administer, chewable tablet for dogs is made to protect against and kill heartworms, roundworms, and hookworms for up to a month. Designed for dogs 6 weeks and up, you can give Heartgard Plus to dogs of any weight to ensure they are safe from deadly worms.


Sentinel is another popular, monthly heartworm medication that comes in a naturally-flavored, beef flavor. This medication can be used to prevent heartworms, as well as fleas, hookworms, roundworm, and whipworm.

Getting Your Dog Up-To-Date on Vaccines

It’s also a good idea to make sure your pet is up-to-date on vaccines. Though vaccines are traditionally administered in a pet clinic, you can now order them online with a veterinary prescription.

Canine Spectra 5

The Spectra 5 vaccine is ideal for puppies that are at least 6 weeks of age, who are in need of their first shots. The single-use syringe is ready for use upon arrival and protects your pet from 5 viruses: parainfluenza, parvovirus, adenovirus, hepatitis, and canine distemper.

This shot should be given every 3-4 weeks until your puppy is 16 weeks old and has received at least 2 doses. It should then be given once per year afterwards.

Canine Spectra 9

Like the Spectra 5, the Canine Spectra 9 is an affordable vaccine that helps protect your dog from viruses. This vaccine is more comprehensive, protecting your dog against 4 types of Leptospira in addition to the 5 other viruses included in the Canine Spectra 5.

Cleaning Your Dog’s Teeth

Though your dog’s teeth might be the last thing on your mind, oral health in dogs is important to their overall health. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, daily brushing of your dog’s teeth can help prevent a number of diseases that might befall your pet’s mouth.

In addition, using a monthly oral care product for dogs can further help protect your dog’s teeth:

OraVet Dental Chews

These dental chews are an easy teeth cleaner for dogs. OraVet’s dental chews create a protective barrier against plaque and tartar, while preventing bad breath in dogs. As the only dental chews that provide dogs with a common human oral care ingredient known as delmopinol, this 30-day supply of chew tablets is effective at preventing disease.

Ready to Adopt a New Dog?

Adopting a new dog is an exciting experience that can also be riddled with stressful preparations. Allivet is here to help you every step of the way.

Contact us today to get assistance preparing for your new dog’s arrival!

Top 10 Monthly Flea and Tick Treatments

Spring is fast approaching, which means many plants and animals will be coming out of dormancy and hibernation. While budding plants and new life make spring a time of happiness and splendor, these welcome inhabitants aren’t the only lifeforms coming out of a long winter break.  

Unfortunately for pets, warmer weather also means flea and tick season. Fleas and ticks cause numerous health problems for pets, such as allergies, disease, and skin conditions. They can also infest your house and affect your entire family’s quality of life.

That is why we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 monthly flea and tick treatments to keep your pets and house free of harmful pests.

1. Trifexis Chewable Tablets for Dogs

Trifexis chew tablets start working within 30 minutes by killing 100% of fleas and preventing them from laying eggs. Given every 30 days, Trifexis also offers your pet protection from parasites. These tablets come in a beef flavor that encourages dogs to take the medication.

2. NexGard for Dogs and Puppies

NexGard is another chewable tablet that is administered monthly to control fleas and ticks. This tablet is the only tablet that’s FDA-approved to kill Lyme disease-causing fleas and ticks. In addition, NexGard prevents flea infestations for up to 30 days at a time.

3. Sentinel for Dogs

Sentinel is a beef-flavored tablet that helps prevent fleas, heartworms, and other parasites from infecting your pet. It is given to your pet once a month to help control and prevent flea and parasitical infestations.

4. Comfortis Chewable Tablets for Dogs and Cats

This chewable tablet kills and prevents flea infestations in both dogs and cats. It is administered monthly and starts working within 30 minutes of oral ingestion. Comfortis also comes in a beef flavor that cats and dogs love. The medication is fast-acting and attacks fleas’ nervous systems to kill them.

5. Simparica Chewable Tablets for Dogs

The Simparica flea and tick tablet is an oral chew medication geared at providing your dog with protection from fleas for as many as 34 days. It starts killing ticks after only 8 hours and can kill fleas completely within 3 hours of administering.

6. Revolution for Dogs

Revolution is a topical medication that protects your dog from fleas and parasites. This medication is a liquid that enters the bloodstream to kill and prevent heartworms. It kills mites, mange, fleas, and ticks while preventing fleas from laying eggs and hatching.

7. Advantage Multi for Dogs

Advantage Multi for Dogs® is a topical medication that helps treat and kill flea infestations, parasites, and heartworm. This medication comes in a monthly, single-use applicator that is easy to dispense. The amount of solution is dependent on your dog’s weight.

8. Frontline Plus for Dogs

Frontline Plus is a liquid solution for killing lice, ticks, fleas, and flea eggs. This topical medication is also waterproof for 24 hours once applied and both stops and prevents infestations that can harm your dog. Frontline Plus works by collecting oils through your dog’s hair follicles and releasing an insect growth regulator for 30 days. It is safe to use on pregnant and nursing dogs.

9. K9 Advantix II for Dogs

K9 Advantix II controls fleas and their eggs, ticks, and mosquitoes by repelling and killing them. Within 12 hours of application, up to 100% of fleas on your dog will be killed for up to four weeks. The great thing about this medication is that it stops fleas in all of the life cycles, including larval fleas. K9 Advantix II is applied topically, over the hair of your pet, where it spreads through your pet’s hair follicles to the skin, providing full-body coverage.

10. Cheristin for Cats

Cheristin is a liquid flea medication that protects your cat from fleas for up to 6 weeks, though its recommended use is every 4 weeks. This topical medication is non-greasy, easy to apply, and fast-acting. Cheristin starts working within 30 minutes of application and releases a continuous, low-concentration medicine that kills 98-100% of fleas in just 12 hours.

Order Flea and Tick Medications Today

Though most pet medications for flea and tick treatments require a prescription from your pet’s veterinarian, it couldn’t be easier to order from Allivet!

Simply add your pet’s medication to your cart, proceed to checkout, and then enter the necessary information. Alternatively, you can also mail us your pet’s prescription.

We will contact your pet’s veterinarian on your behalf so that your pet can quickly get flea and tick relief.