SATURDAY, June 26, 2021 (HealthDay News) – There are a number of things to consider when choosing and using flea and tick products for your pets, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Work with your veterinarian to choose the right product for your pet’s type, stage of life, and weight.
These products range from oral pills and chewable tablets to collars, sprays, dips, shampoos, powders, and “spot-ons,” liquid products that are pressed onto the skin of a dog or cat, usually on the back.
Don’t use any product on kittens or puppies unless the label specifically allows it, advises the FDA. Use flea combs to remove fleas and flea eggs, and a tick remover to remove ticks from puppies and kittens that are too young for chemical flea and tick products.
Speak to your veterinarian before using a product on weak, old, medicated, sick, pregnant, or nursing pets, even if they have never had problems with the products, the FDA recommends. The same goes for pets with previous signs of sensitivity to flea or tick products.
Let your veterinarian know about any other products you might use or give to your pet. This information could affect your recommendations.
Proper use of these products is important. Read the product label carefully before use. If you don’t understand, ask your veterinarian or give the manufacturer a call. Follow the instructions carefully. If the label says weekly use, do not use it daily. If the product is used in the home or garden, do not place it directly on your pet.
The FDA says that after applying a product, you should wash your hands with soap and water immediately or wear protective gloves while applying. Keep products away from food or items that could come in contact with a person’s mouth, such as: B. Baby pacifiers, inhalers and cigarettes. Keep products out of the reach of children and pets.
After applying the product, watch your pet for side effects or side effects, especially if this is the first time using the product. Side effects can occur immediately or later.
If your pet has a bad reaction to a flea and tick collar, remove the collar immediately. If your pet gets a bad reaction to a flea or tick product (spot-on, shampoo, dip, or collar), call your veterinarian right away, the agency advises. Signs may include dizziness, wobbling, incoordination, loss of appetite, depression, vomiting, diarrhea, or excessive salivation. Some animals had seizures and / or died.
The ASPCA has more about fleas and ticks.
SOURCE: US Food and Drug Administration, news release, June 16, 2021