*Ask your veterinarian:
Consult your veterinarian about your options and what’s best for your pet. Some questions you can ask include:
- What parasites does this product protect against?
- How often should I use/apply the product?
- How long will it take for the product to work?
- If I see a flea or tick, does that mean it's not working?
- What should I do if my pet has a reaction to the product?
- Is there a need for more than one product?
- How would I apply or use multiple products on my pet?
Parasite protection is not “one-size-fits-all.” Certain factors affect the type and dose of the product that can be used, including the age, species, breed, life style and health status of your pet, as well as any medications your pet is receiving. Caution is advised when considering flea/tick treatment of very young and very old pets. Use a flea comb on puppies and kittens that are too young for flea/tick products. Some products should not be used on very old pets. Some breeds are sensitive to certain ingredients that can make them extremely ill. Flea and tick preventives and some medications can interfere with each other, resulting in unwanted side effects, toxicities, or even ineffective doses; it’s important that your veterinarian is aware of all of your pet’s medications when considering the optimal flea and tick preventive for your pet.
*How to protect pets:To keep your pets safe, we recommend the following:
- Discuss the use of preventive products, including over-the-counter products, with your veterinarian to determine the safest and most effective choice for each pet.
- Always talk to your veterinarian before applying any spot-on products, especially if your dog or cat is very young, old, pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
- Only purchase EPA-registered pesticides or FDA-approved medicines.
- Read the entire label before you use/apply the product.
- Always follow label directions! Apply or give the product as and when directed. Never apply more or less than the recommended dose.
- Cats are not small dogs. Products labeled for use only for dogs should only be used for dogs, and never for cats. Never.
- Make sure that the weight range listed on the label is correct for your pet because weight matters. Giving a smaller dog a dose designed for a larger dog could harm the pet.
*Recommendations from the American Board of Veterinary Medicine
Fleas and Ticks
All dogs are at risk of picking up fleas from their environment. You can protect your dogs by taking a few simple steps:
1. KEEP YOUR PROPERTY WELL-MAINTAINED (cut grass, remove overgrown vegetation, etc.) This discourages flea-carrying wildlife and rodents from visiting.
2. CHECK YOUR DOGS REGULARLY. Finding and treating fleas early helps prevent an infestation.
3. USE PREVENTIVE TREATMENT. There are many options available that kill fleas before they lay eggs. H
DID YOU KNOW? The mosquitoes that spread heartworm are commonly found indoors, even during the winter.
All dogs are at risk. It only takes one mosquito to infect a dog with heartworm and spread it to multiple dogs in your kennel. Dogs can get infected year-round, and they’re at risk whether housed outdoors or inside. Important steps to protect your dogs include:
1. ROUTINE TESTING. Your veterinarian can detect heartworm disease with a quick blood test at annual checkups. Finding the disease early is critical for effective treatment and to minimize spread to other dogs.
2. PREVENTIVE CARE. Heartworm is very easy to prevent with medication. Ask your veterinarian about available options.
3. KEEP MOSQUITOES AWAY. You can get rid of standing water at your property, use screens on windows, and take other proactive steps to control mosquitoes and minimize your dogs’ exposure.
Parasites in apparently healthy dogs are often an ongoing source of reinfection and may spread to more vulnerable dogs, like puppies. That's why routine testing and deworming are so important. Dogs can spread parasites without any signs of infection. If symptoms do appear, you may see: loose stool; diarrhea; blood in the stool; weight loss; an inability to gain weight; a dull, coarse coat; or in some cases, worms visible in the feces.
Protect your pet from intestinal parasites:
1. Perform routine testing and deworming.
2. Promptly remove feces from housing areas, runs, and yards.
3. Properly clean and disinfect kennels on a regular basis.
4. Provide fresh, clean water.
Avoid Counterfeit Pesticide Products for Dogs and Cats from third party sellers!
There is no single characteristic that will identify all counterfeit products. Some of the issues that have been found include:*
- Differences in weight between the outer package and the product inside
- Lack of directions in English
- Products not packaged in child-resistant packaging
- Missing directions for use
- Product in the container is not appropriate for the animal or size of animal pictured on the outside
- Stickers on the box to hide the foreign labeling
- EPA registration number is missing
- foreign labeled product with stickers containing some U.S. information
- foreign-labeled products.
*Tips from EPA.gov
If Your Pet Has an Adverse Reaction
- If your pet experiences an adverse reaction, immediately bathe the pet with mild soap and rinse with large amounts of water.
- When using flea and tick collars, pet owners should remove the collar immediately if the pet experiences any adverse reaction.
- Contact your veterinarian and/or the National Pesticide Information Center at 1-800-858-7378 right away for information on whether additional measures are needed to help your pet recover right away for information on whether additional measures are needed to help your pet recover.