Flea and tick mediation is available at just about every type of store. Since this medication is so easily accessible, many owners think it's completely harmless. While this medication is definitely safe for use, this doesn't mean there aren't some safety precautions you should take. Make sure you are keeping safety in mind.
Ask Your Vet
Although you don't always have to get this medication from a veterinarian, it's a good idea to at least speak with a vet about the medication you are planning to use for your animal. This is important even if you have used flea and tick medications in the past.
Some of the ingredients in these medications vary widely from brand to brand. Based on your animal's health condition, some of these ingredients can cause an allergic reaction. Getting a clearance before using the treatment can help you avoid undue discomfort for your pet.
Keep Your Pets Separated
If you have more than one pet, it's best to keep them separated for a short time after you apply the medication. Most flea and tick medications are liquid based. If you let your animals interact with each other before the treatment dries, there is a chance that they could groom one another and inadvertently digest the medication.
These highly toxic chemicals can cause a number of adverse reactions, including diarrhea and vomiting. When you keep your pets separated until the medication has dried, you can keep them safer.
Follow The Directions
Always follow the directions on the mediation label. It does not matter if you have been using the same product for a number of years. Don't think you're an expert and decide to divert from the recommended path. One important mistake is doubling up on medications. An owner might feel their pet is dealing with a progressive flea issue and decide they need extra treatment.
Don't apply two of the same treatments at one time or use two different treatment types at one time, such as a liquid application and a powder application. Although this medication isn't being ingested, you can still overexpose your pet.
As an owner, your first priority should be to protect your pet from injury. Make sure you are applying flea and tick treatments properly in order to ensure you are accomplishing this goal.
If you have any questions about your flea and tick medication or any other pet meds, contact your veterinarian.