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Why is My Flea and Tick Medication Not Working?

By Kim Compton. March 28, 2012 | See Comments

Why is My Flea and Tick Medication Not Working?

If you're providing your pet with flea and tick prevention like clockwork and they are still getting bitten up, check out a few reasons why your medication may not be working.

If you are routinely providing your pet with flea and tick prevention and they are still suffering from pesky bug bites, there are several reasons why your medication may not be working.

It’s All in the Application

First and foremost, you need to make sure you are applying the medication correctly. We know this goes back to grade school basics, but always read the instructions. This is especially true when it comes to topical products such as shampoos, dips or spot-on treatments. It is important to make sure the product reaches your pet’s skin and doesn’t sit above their epidermal layer on the fur. If the product doesn’t hit the skin, it cannot be absorbed in your pet’s sebaceous glands where it works its flea-fighting magic. Also, make sure you are using the entire tube of medication. Don’t skimp and try to save a few dollars by splitting the product between months or between pet. It will not function properly if you do so.

Healthy Skin is a Must

Your pet’s skin could easily be affecting the medication results. As mentioned above, if the product does not reach your pet’s sebaceous glands, it will not work effectively. This is common in pets that have extremely dry skin or thick fur. When in doubt, a simple trip to the groomer will provide a world of difference. Similar to humans, it is important for your pet’s skin be exfoliated so extraneous dead skin cells are removed and the topical treatment can work properly.

Due Diligence

If your pet’s skin is the picture of health and you follow medication instructions top to bottom, you may need to add a second level of flea and prevention in the form of a flea collar. Sometimes, in extreme weather regions where heat and humidity prevail, fleas are more common and your pet may just need a little extra flea-fighting power. Flea collars are effective, hassle free and one of the only forms of prevention can be combined safely.

To banish fleas and ticks once and for all, we recommend treating your house and yard with preventative products to ensure an insect-free lifestyle. Often times, if your yard is heavily landscaped or you live near a wooded area, it is smart to invest in flea and tick yard spray to add another level of insect security. This will give your pet even more protection from those pests.

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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. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian or other qualified professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard or delay seeking professional advice due to what you may have read on our website.

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