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Spot On Tick and Flea Treatment - How to Use Spot On

The Proper Way to Apply Spot On

By Roderick McClain. January 01, 2011 | See Comments

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Spot On Tick and Flea Treatment - How to Use Spot On

Learn how to properly use spot on flea and tick treatments like K9 Advantix II and Frontline Plus that give your pet month-long protection.

Spot on flea treatment applys in seconds and provide month-long, complete protection from blood hungry parasites. Spot on treatment is packaged in individual doses of liquid and is applied by pouring the liquid onto the back of your pet, just between the shoulders. Use several spots for a larger animal to avoid irritation. From there, the medicine is absorbed into your pet's system and goes to work instantly. Just be sure your pet doesn't roll around and rub the medicine off in the few minutes after application.

Fleas and ticks make pets and their owners crazy. Not only do these elusive parasites threaten the health and well-being of our precious friends, they foster a sense of diminished control for responsible pet parents. Instead of enjoying the presence and personality of a pet, one worries, loses sleep, or is also attacked by these tiny biters. Lucky for everybody, spot on flea and tick treatments offer complete and immediate protection.

It almost sounds unfair, all those doomed fleas and ticks. All those eggs, pupae, and larvae that will never reach adulthood, that never had a chance. But who sits on your lap? Who do you love? Spot on treatments ensure that you and your pet can enjoy one another's company without restlessness, worry, or the potential for disease.

Spot on treatment application

  1. Find a time when your household is traditionally the most peaceful. Avoid wrestling with your pet during this process so your loved one doesn’t associate the application of this medicine with a negative experience.
  2. When your pet is at ease, open the treatment. If you find the right moment to apply treatment, you don’t want to worry about breaking open the container while keeping your pet close by.
  3. Apply treatment directly to your pet’s skin, at the nape of the neck. Bigger animals use a larger dose size, so use several spots along their back to avoid irritation. Be sure to follow the directions provided with the medicine, and consult your veterinarian if you need additional clarity.
  4. Don’t rush. This medicine absorbs into the skin slowly, and experts recommend maximum absorption for maximum effectiveness. Maintain a calm demeanor as pets are sensitive to the anxieties of their owners.
  5. If you have other pets of different sizes or species, it’s recommended to keep treated pets apart for twenty-four hours while the medication absorbs.
  6. Monitor your pet and keep your furry friend from rolling on any valuable household items. Your pet will feel the presence of the medicine and will want to rub it off, so keep an eye out to avoid diminished doses or damage to your property immediately after application.

How do spot on flea and tick treatments work?

After application, the treatment is carried by the circulatory system of your pet. Any parasite that ingests your pet's blood ingests certain death in the form of pesticide that, as long as you follow directions, should not impact your pet's health. Many spot on treatments (like Frontline Plus and K9 Advantix II) include Insect Growth Regulators, which prevent flea eggs from hatching or Insect Development Inhibitors, which prevent hatched fleas from further maturation. Parasites are simple creatures: they want to drink blood and reproduce. Spot on treatment halts parasitic progress at every stage of life. You've got plenty to worry about, might as well cross parasites off the list.

What if I have other pets?

If your household is home to more than one animal, it's safe to assume that if one pet has fleas, everybody has fleas. Ask your veterinarian which spot on treatments are ideal for your household. They are designed with the species, size and weight of your pet in mind. The treatment for dogs is not intended for cats, or vice versa. If you've treated Fido, it's recommended that you keep your little buddy away from feline playmates for at least twenty-four hours.

Does my pet need spot on flea and tick treatment?

If when brushing or petting your pet, you notice tiny clumps of soil-like material, that's flea dirt. Flea dirt was once your pet's blood, but it's fecal matter now. A female flea can lay five hundred eggs in a lifetime, and once fleas locate a life source, they won't let go so easy. If you notice flea dirt, patches of missing hair, or nibbling at the hide, you likely have fleas and your pet needs treatment. There are many different spot on treatments on the market. Find the product right for your household, your pet, and your budget.

This information is for informational purposes only and is not meant as a substitute for the professional advice of, or diagnosis or treatment by, your veterinarian with respect to your pet. It has, however, been verified by a licensed veterinarian for accuracy.

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