Flea & Tick Pet Products: What You Ought to Know

Caring for a pet doesn’t only includes feeding, walking and bathing. If you have a dog or a cat, you know well what it takes to keep your pet clean and in good health. However, not everything is so easy as it seems. Besides feeding, walking and playing with your pet, you ought to be prepared to deal with the problems that are not as fun. One such problem are the fleas and ticks.

There is no bigger nuisance than to see those creepy creatures crawling on your pet’s skin. Fleas and ticks are not only disgusting to sight, they can put your and the health of your pet at risk. They can transfer diseases from animal to animal and from animal to human by sucking blood. The most common diseases that these pesky parasites transfer from animals to humans are: Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, plague, bartonellosis, Lyme disease and more.

Pet Products

There are various pet products that can help you protect your pets from these creepy crawlers. And, by preventing these pesky parasites from settling in your pet’s skin and hair, you will prevent the spread of zoonotic diseases. Some pet products are applied to the affected areas and some are given orally. Although all flea and tick preventive pet products are made according to several safety standards, be cautious because wrong product may cause side effects, and in worst cases poisoning.

Here are some questions you should ask your veterinarian or the retailer before buying such pet products

  • Against what parasites this product protects?
  • How long before the product provides results?
  • How often can the product be applied?
  • Does the product cause some reactions in certain pets?
  • What needs to be done in case of a reaction or side effects?
  • Can I use the product in combination with other product?

How To Protect Your Pet When Using Pet Products Against Flea And Ticks?

  • Before using any product, consult with your veterinarian;
  • Always read the instructions provided on the packaging before applying a product, especially if your pet is very young, nursing, pregnant or if on some medications;
  • Apply the recommended dose of the product, not more or less;
  • Never use cat products on dogs and vice versa;
  • Consider the weight and the age of your pet before applying any pet product. Never ignore recommendations on the label.

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