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Say Goodbye to Pesky Pests—Tips to Protect Your Outdoorsy Dog

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Long walks. Hiking the trails. Roaming the countryside. These activities may be a joy for your furry companion, but they also can put your pet at risk of picking up unwanted pests like fleas and ticks. Recognizing the signs and symptoms of a flea or tick infestation is the best defense against the risk associated with these persistent pests.

Beware of the things that bite

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Merck Animal Health Activyl Protector Band Dog Flea / Tick Collar, 21288691
Bomgaars SKU  06482019

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Fleas are wingless insects that feed on your dog’s blood and can transmit tapeworms and bacterial diseases to dogs, cats and even humans.*

Some common signs and symptoms of a flea infestation include:

  • - “Flea dirt” (flea feces) in a dog ’scoat which looks like small black speckled“ dirt like” material
  • - Hairloss, scabs and hotspots
  • - Excessive scratching, itching, licking or biting their skin

Getting fleas is a big deal. Using a flea preventive and routinely checking for fleas and their signs is your best defense.



Ticks are small blood-sucking parasites that wait in the brush or tall grass for a host to latch onto. They attach to your dog by inserting their mouthparts into your dog’s skin.

Common symptoms of tick-borne disease in dogs include but are not limited to:

  • - Painfull ameness which exacerbates arthritis and swelling in joints
  • - Fever
  • - Lethargy
  • - Loss of appetite

If you find a tick attached to your pet’s skin, don’t panic. Simply remove the tick properly or visit your veterinary clinic for help.


When it comes to protecting your outdoorsy dog from fleas and ticks, prevention is always key. The ACTIVYL® Protector Band for Dogs from Merck Animal Health provides a steady release of proven tick and flea active ingredient, from an odorless3, easy-to-apply collar that requires no dry time or troublesome sizing. Activyl Protector Band also repels mosquitoes,* is water resistant and remains effective for up to 6 months, wet or dry.

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This product is for dogs only.

*Your dog must wear an ACTIVYL® Protector Band for 1 to 2 weeks before protective levels are established over the entire body. Maximum effectiveness may not occur for up to 3 weeks, so it’s best to apply the ACTIVYL® Protector Band at least 10-14 days before you anticipate tick and flea exposure.


*Blagburn BL, Dryden MW. Biology, Treatment, and Control of Flea and Tick Infestations. Vet Clin Small Anim. 39 (2009) 1173–1200.

* accessed 2/2020

*Data on file, Merck Animal Health

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