Skip to main content

PawTracks may earn a commission when you buy through links on our site.

5 fantastic flea and tick treatments for your golden retriever

As the weather warms up, your golden retriever may bring fleas and ticks into your home. These insects pose serious health risks to you and your pets. Some of the most common tick-borne diseases in the U.S. include Lyme disease, babesiosis, ehrlichiosis, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Flea infestations can cause skin irritations and spread tapeworms. It’s important to use some type of flea and tick preventative on your dog.

Flea and tick treatments for your golden retriever

The flea and tick preventative you use will depend on your golden retriever’s age, lifestyle, and health status. Always discuss any product with your veterinarian before using it on your dog.

Frontline Plus

This monthly topical treatment has been around for more than 20 years and is considered to have a wide margin of safety among veterinarians. It’s available without a prescription and is one of the more affordable preventatives. Topical preventatives are a great option for golden retrievers with sensitive stomachs or food allergies.

How it works: Frontline Plus contains fipronil and (S)-methoprene and kills adult fleas, flea eggs, flea larvae, adult ticks, and chewing lice. The insecticide is stored in the dog’s oil glands and dispersed through the hair follicles to offer parasite protection.

Woman putting flea and tick preventative on dog.
Image used with permission by copyright holder

K9 Advantix II

Veterinarians recommend this topical preventative because it kills parasites quickly while also acting as a repellent. The solution can be purchased without a prescription and is applied monthly.

How it works: The active ingredients imidacloprid, permethrin, and pyriproxyfen kill fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes on contact. Insects don’t have to bite a dog to die. In households with cats, pet parents need to seek veterinary guidance before using this product, as permethrin is toxic to cats.

Simparica Trio

This is an oral preventative given in the form of a chewable and is available only by prescription. It was chosen as the best overall flea and tick medication of 2021 by Dr. Erica Irish, a veterinary adviser to the Golden Retriever Society. It’s popular with veterinarians and pet parents because it offers such a wide range of prevention. Oral flea and tick medications are a great choice in households where children or other small pets may be in danger of coming into contact with a topical treatment before the solution has fully dried.

How it works: The ingredients sarolaner, moxidectin, and pyrantel work together to prevent flea infestations, kill ticks, treat and control roundworms and hookworms, and help prevent heartworm disease. Simparica Trio was included in a 2018 Food and Drug Administration alert and is not recommended for dogs with a history of seizures.

Adams Plus Flea & Tick Shampoo with Precor

If you prefer to use a preventative shampoo for your golden retriever, then Adams Plus Flea & Tick Shampoo with Precor is a great choice. The Adams line of pet products has been recommended and sold by veterinarians for more than 30 years. This shampoo is enriched with oatmeal, coconut extract, lanolin, and aloe, making it a perfect option for dogs with sensitive skin.

How it works: The active ingredients (S)-methoprene, pyrethrins, and piperonyl butoxide kill flea eggs, flea larvae, adult fleas, ticks, and lice for up to 28 days.

Vet’s Best Flea & Tick Home Spray

This is a natural flea and tick preventative and a great choice for pet parents who prefer to avoid chemical treatments. The spray is a No. 1 Best Seller on Amazon and has more than 600 reviews and a four (out of five)-star rating on Chewy.

How it works: This preventative uses a blend of natural peppermint and clove essential oils to kill fleas, flea larvae, flea eggs, ticks, and mosquitoes on contact. As with all products, be sure to read the instructions carefully before applying.

Pet owners considering using natural products to control fleas and ticks need to be aware that even some herbal products are not always safe for pets. For example, products containing the essential oils cinnamon, geranium, tea tree, lavender, bay, and eucalyptus can cause severe allergic reactions in pets and people. The American Veterinary Medical Association offers tips on what to ask your veterinarian before using any flea or tick preventative.

Editors' Recommendations

Vera Lawlor
Vera was the pet columnist for 201 Family magazine and has contributed pet and animal welfare articles to Bone-A-Fide Mutts…
What you need to know about your cat’s swollen lip – what caused it and how to help it heal
These are the most likely causes and best treatment options for your cat's swollen lip
Woman petting cat

Your sweet furry friend is a wealth of enjoyment and entertainment — from funny sleeping positions to those precious purrs. Cat behavior can be somewhat of a mystery for even the most dedicated kitty lovers, though, and those feline feelings can lead to physical manifestations that puzzle us.

If you've ever looked at your cat and noticed a swelling on the upper or lower lip, here's what you need to know: This common occurrence isn't something to worry about, but it isn't something to ignore, either. While your vet checks your cat's health, you can read up on this confusing condition. Here's what causes a cat's swollen lip.

Read more
Why do you often find your dog with their tongue out? Here’s what vets say about the ‘blep’
A dog with their tongue out may be cute, but what does it really mean?
A German shepherd puppy sticks out their tongue

There's nothing cuter than a "blep" but what does it mean? Whether you first heard the term blep on the internet (it is meme-worthy, after all), or are learning of it for the first time, you're in for a treat. Bleps are positively adorable! The term started gaining online traction in the late 2010s, though it's no less popular today. The common canine behavior it's based on, however, is a habit as old as time: sticking out a tongue. Yep, a dog with its tongue out is enough to break the internet!
It's pretty dang cute, after all, but it's not always easy to figure out why a dog's tongue is sticking out. Don't worry though, pet parents — this is a great place to start! This is everything you need to know about bleps and what they mean.

What is a blep? How about a mlem?
Besides being one of the most popular terms used in pet-related social media, a blep refers to when an animal sticks their tongue out of its mouth only slightly. Braxton's Animal Works describes the action as "leaving the tongue, usually the tip, outside the mouth unconsciously." Many pet owners will notice it while their buddy is sleeping, or even after!

Read more
A guide to great gut health: 5 benefits of probiotics for dogs you may not know about
Probiotics for dogs can have positive effects on the whole body: Here's what to know
Woman feeds her dog a treat on a walk

Cultured foods like yogurt are good for more than just your taste buds -- they can benefit your whole body. This is largely because of the probiotics they contain. In fact, probiotics (and prebiotics) are great for dogs, too! Your pup (like you) already has a gut microbiome to help with digestion, but you can give it a little boost with some supplements. Whether you add a probiotic to your dog's diet is something to discuss with your vet, but it's certainly worth considering.
What exactly are probiotics? And what about prebiotics?
Probiotics are bacteria and yeast that help you digest — that's why these are sometimes called "good bacteria." Prebiotics act as food for those microorganisms. You need both for your stomach to function and keep everything moving. While you have all these things naturally, it can't hurt to help your body along by introducing a little encouragement — and it's the same with Fido.

Should I add a probiotic to my dog's diet?
The good news is that your dog already has natural gut bacteria and they might be getting some extra help in their their fortified kibble as well. Just check the label to figure out what they already get in their diet. If your pup is having issues like loose stools, scooting, or anal gland problems, you might want to consider adding a supplement including probiotics for dogs. Talk to your vet first, however, to rule out more serious issues.

Read more