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Flea & Tick Spot On Application Guide

Updated on December 6, 2014

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Fleas & ticks can cause many health problems for your pet and spread into your home. You should not wait until you see a tick or a flea until you take action, usually by this time it is too late. You should apply these treatments even when there is no visible evidence of any fleas or ticks. Just because you do not see a flea or a tick does not mean that they are not there. Ticks can cause Lyme disease, flea bites can cause flea allergies and constant scratching by your pet can cause hair loss or other skin problems. If your pet gets bugs, you get bugs also. So what are you waiting for? Don't wait for you pet to get bugged before you take action.

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Safety Precautions Before Applying

In 2009, The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) noticed an increase in pet incidents involving spot on Flea & Tick treatments. The EPA concluded that most of these incidents were because the products were not used properly. In 2011. the EPA required better actions for these products such as, improved labeling, clear marking to differentiate between dog and cat and better instructions. The EPA did not advice pet owners to stop using spot on treatments but to better follow instructions and to consult a veterinarian before using it. These instructions are very important for your pet's health. Improper use has led to a bad reputation for these treatments in the past but with proper instruction that is now fading.

If your pet is on any type of medication, very young, old, pregnant or nursing you need to consult a veterinarian before using the product. Certain medications can have a negative interaction with the Flea & Tick treatment. It is highly recommended that you consult a veterinarian either way before treating your pet. Your Vet will give their expert advice and instructions before you use the treatment.

Make sure your pet is at least 8 weeks old before using a spot on treatment.

If you did not buy your treatment from a Vet make sure that the product you bought is EPA approved. There are many fakes out there and you do not want to potentially use something on your pet which might harm them in the long run. The EPA website has an area where you can research counterfeit treatments to avoid buying one yourself.

Make sure the product that you purchased matches your pet. Do not mix and match different medications. If you have a cat, only use a treatment made for a cat, not for a small dog. If your pet is 20 pounds, make sure the product you are applying is for a 20 pound pet. Do not try to add two doses together or split larger doses into two. It is very important that you apply just the exact amount needed and mixing and dividing doses will more often than not result in a dose too big or small. This point cannot be stressed enough. Dividing or adding doses will sometimes save in you money but putting your pet's health at risk is not worth the money savings.

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Where Do They Come From?

They can come from your yard, even if your do your best to keep your yard flea and tick free other animals can invade your area during the night and leave these critters behind. It could be squirrels, raccoons, small rodents or even other dogs or those traveling cats everybody seems to have. Do you like to feed all the other neighborhood animals? If you do your chances of getting infested is greater.

Walks in the park, the kennel or groomers are other spots where your pet can get fleas or ticks.

How about humans, maybe even you. Other people with pets visiting your home or hiking in the woods.

Application Time

Before opening the capsule and applying the contents you want to remove any collars, harnesses or anything your pet might have around their neck or chest area. These items will interfere with the treatment and make it less effective.

Make sure your pet's hair is completely dry before applying. This is especially true right after a walk in the rain or a recent bath.

Read and follow the label directions before applying. Even if you used the same or similar product before sometimes the directions could have changed so it is a good idea to read them again or to refresh your memory.

The first step is to open the applicator and keep the capsule upright so you don't spill any and change the amount of treatment.

With one hand part your pet's hair in the area between the shoulder blades so you can see the skin clearly. While keeping the hair parted with one hand, use your other hand to place the applicator tip just above the exposed skin and squeeze the applicator. You want to apply the entire contents of the capsule on your pets exposed skin in the one spot. It is very important that you do not apply the contents on top of your pet's hair. After the treatment make sure there is no contact with the treated area until it is dry. After it is dry then you can place any collars or items that your pet wears back on.

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Post Application

Do not bath your pet or get them wet for 24 hours after the application. After 24 hours it is OK for your pet to swim, bath or get wet. If they get wet within this time period it can lessen the effectiveness of the treatment. You do not have to reapply if your pet gets wet between treatments.

Monitor your pet after the application is complete for any possible adverse reactions, including excessive itching, skin redness, sickness, anxiousness or any abnormal behavior. If any of these symptoms exist, immediately bath your pet, rinse thoroughly and contact your veterinarian for advice.

If you have a household that has both a cat and a dog make sure you keep them apart for 24 hours after application to prevent the spot on treatment rubbing off from one to the other.

Wear protective gloves on your hands when applying and wash your hands immediately with soap and water to prevent irritation after applying the product.

Keep your pet treated and reapply according to the manufacturer recommendation. Keep your pet protected always because after the effective time period has passed the treatment will not work any longer.

Do not reapply before the next treatment is due. Keep a calendar for your pets application so you do not lose track or reapply to early. It's a good idea to keep a log for anything you do for your pet, especially medical visits and records.

Flea & Tick treatments are very important and cannot be forgotten. Don't forget to take care of this important treatment in providing the right care for your pet. If you have not been doing this don't forget the necessary steps. Consult with a veterinarian, pick the right product and dosage for your pet, make sure it is EPA approved, follow the instructions and continue the treatments in the right time frames.

Our pets are very important and need treatment as such. If your pet is like mine they are a major part of the family and cannot be neglected especially when it comes to their health. Make sure that you treat them with the proper medications and treatments necessary I order to keep your pet happy and healthy, Flea & Tick free.

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