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New Edible Flea and Tick Medicine For Pet Owners

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ARDMORE, OK -- Pet owners know to prevent fleas and ticks, they usually have to get their hands dirty applying the gel-like medication.

But veterinarians say a new medicine hitting the shelves can make it much easier.

Pet owners know fighting fleas and ticks is an uphill battle.

But some, like Bob Humphrey, say it can be done with medicine that's a little less messy.

"It's a gel-form that we squeeze out of tube and put on the back of his neck," said Humphrey. "Well, it's not the best. The dog if he's outside he can get dirt and everything else on it."

 A new edible flea and tick medication called Nexguard just recently hit the shelves.

And vets like Dr. Jim Rebele at Westwood Veterinary Hospital says it  provides better long term protection since it enters the bloodstream.

"When the flea bites it's ingested by the flea and then it kills the flea and then it is also in the lipid layer in the skin," said Rebele. 

Rebele says fleas and ticks can carry diseases like rocky mountain spotted fever and lyme disease which can be transferred to humans.

The vet says many have already switched from gel to chewable tablet.

"It's a lot less mess for the client and pet owner," said Rebele.

Stacey Moore recently switched to the chewable treatment.

And with seven dogs to care for, she's says its more convenient.

"It's been great," said Moore. "Of course I have seven so I line them up and give them their heartguard and I give them their Nexguard and they're done for a month."

Leading Humphrey toward making a switch next time his 6-year old poodle Caleb visits the vet.

"I'd be willing to try it," said Humphrey. "He'd just probably consider it another treat."

Doctor Rebele says the medication costs about the same, if not a little more than the existing tick and flea medicines.

The chewable medicine is only for use in dogs.