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How to Use Flea Preventive Products on Pets Safely

Updated on July 6, 2009

Sunshine, warm days and flowers blooming are an invitation to spend more days outdoors, however, it is unfortunate that these mild weathered months are even the preferred ones for annoying blood sucking creatures such as fleas and ticks. When it comes to dogs and cats, therefore, it is vital to arm them and protect them with appropriate flea and tick repellents.

Fleas can be pretty annoying creatures. They will enjoy pic-nics on pets causing poor dogs and poor cats to scratch all day as they crawl all over their fur and bite. Not only, some pets develop an allergic reaction to the flea's saliva, often developing skin irritations known as''flea allergic dermatitis. To add something else on top of it all, fleas may also cause tapeworms. All it takes is for a pet to ingest an infected flea and sooner than later tapeworm segments will be seen crawling out the pet's bottom.

Ticks on the other hand, may prove even more harmful. They are ale to transmit serious tick born diseases such asLyme disease, Erlichiosis, Babesiosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted fever. Both flea and ticks may also eagerly feed on pets to an extent of causing anemia, especially in small puppies and kittens or malnourished pets.

So what can be done to help these pets overcome the battle against flea and ticks? The answer consists of effective flea and tick control products.

Owners however, must be aware that choosing an effective yet safe, product may not be easy as it sounds. Often, owners may be tempted to purchase over the counter products that may cause much more harm than good.

There have been reports of cats developing serious side effects and in some cases, there have been even reports of cats dying. All it takes to have an idea of the extent of damage derived from over the counter flea products is to visit websites like Hartz kills, BiospotVictims or Sergeant Flea control Complaints.

The main issue appears to in most cases the ingredient Permethrin. Cats seem to be particularly sensitive to it and may get poisoned even when kept nearby a dog treated with it. Some dogs develop severe reactions at times as well.

The best way therefore to use flea and tick preventatives is to only use the ones recommended by veterinarians such as Frontline and Advantage. For dogs, Advantix can be used but in households with no cats. A new collar against ticks has been developed for dogs and is called Prenventic.The collar is claimed to work for up to three months.

Veterinarian approved flea products may cost more, but they are safer and nothing beats peace of mind. Always read the directions carefully and never use flea products designed for dogs in cats. Use the correct product for yuor pet's weight. Always apply in areas where the pet cannot lick it off and be sure to monitor your pet in the following 24 hours just to be safe.


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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 8 years ago from USA

      Yes, as a natural remedy fan, I did hear about garlic however, unfortunately I have also heard about the risks of giving garlic. Indeed, garlic may cause a form of anemia in dogs and cats called Heinz anemia.  You can read more here:


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      l1blonde 8 years ago

      I was wondering if you have heard of useing garlic to control fleas

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      Gypsy Willow 8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Excellent advice as always, you deserve your 100 score, cogratulations!