It’s important to make sure you are treating your pets for fleas and ticks safely. Pet owners should ask a veterinarian for guidance before using flea and tick treatment on young or old pets, or nursing mothers. These flea and tick products are designed with the weight and species of your pet in mind, but nobody knows better than your vet. After any treatment, monitor your furry friends for any sign of chemical sensitivity, especially during a product's first use.
What to do if your pet shows sensitivity to flea and tick treatments
- Bath your pet with a gentle soap
- Inform your veterinarian
- Keep the package and the product container together for reference
Many flea and tick products are designed specifically by size and species and are not meant to be used out of accordance with included instructions. Treatments for cats are for cats, while treatments for dogs should be used only for dogs. A smaller portion of a larger dog's medicine should not be used for a smaller dog.
Generally speaking, a product designed to treat fleas should only be combined with products designed to treat ticks. Products designed to treat both parasites should never be used in combination. Do not give your pet a flea bath if you've recently applied a spot on treatment. Find out which flea and tick products work together and which do not.
Means of Non-Pesticide Control
Ensure that the area surrounding your home is not a haven for fleas and ticks. Cut back brush and tall grass where pets or children might play. Fleas and ticks need to feel unwelcome in your yard. Don't plant plants that may attract deer or other grazing animals that could potentially carry parasites.
Pest control inside the home
Wash all exposed pet and human bedding in hot water every few weeks, and vacuum daily to combat fleas and their larva. If the potential for infestation is severe, consider limiting your pet's exposure to the outdoors during flea and tick season. If you can't or don't want to keep your pet indoors, make a post-walk ritual of parasite searching.
Things to remember
- Any parasitic infestation can be treated quickly and aggressively
- Be calm. Pets are sensitive to owner anxiety
- Closely follow the directions of any product
- If in doubt, ask your veterinarian
Fleas and ticks can be a real headache, but with a few preventative measures, responsible pet owners can protect their furry friends.
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