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Will I Overmedicate My Pet if I Mix Flea Meds?

What is Safe When it Comes to Flea Meds?

By Kim Compton. January 01, 2011 | See Comments

Will I Overmedicate My Pet if I Mix Flea Meds?

Following the instructions on all of your pet medications is vital in ensuring not to overdose your pet. Here are a couple of things you should know.

We can't say it enough. Read and follow the package instructions for any and all medications you give your pet. Even over-the-counter products can be dangerous if misused or combined with the wrong products (the label should mention potential drug interactions), so read those labels and always ask your vet if you have any questions.

Don’t Play Pharmacist

When it comes to flea and tick medicine, pet-owners are often looking for a quick fix. In reality, it can take three months or more to completely rid your pet of a flea’s full life cycle. (Capstar is a good quick way to knock out an adult infestation should one occur, but it won't deal with the complete flea life cycle). Don’t let human impatience harm your pet. Allow the medication to completely work its way into your pet’s system before sounding the alarm. Whatever you do, don’t take dosage matters into your own hands. Over medicating your animal or not following weight /dosage guidelines can really harm your pet.

If your pet is battling a serious case of flea infestation consider adding Capstar or a flea collar. Collars will help kick start the healing process by moving fleas away from the head and neck and down to the rear of the body--not a total fix but it should provide some relief. Read this article to learn more about what flea and tick products can be combined. And again, always check with your vet if you have questions about which products to use and combine for your pet.

More Flea and Tick Control Advice

The Flea Life Cycle
How to Kill Fleas in the Yard
Flea and Tick Season: When to Use What Treatment

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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