If you’ve ever had to deal with fleas or ticks on your pet, you know that they can be a huge hassle. Not only are they annoying, but they can also be dangerous if left unchecked. In this blog post, we’ll discuss some of the best products available for both pets and flea control products. We’ll cover everything from flea products to tick control medications, and provide tips on which product is best for your pet. So whether you’re looking to get rid of fleas for good or just keep them under control, we’ve got you covered.
Pets and Flea Control Products
The following are some guidelines for pet owners to follow when choosing and applying a flea control product:
1. Never use insecticides on very young, pregnant, debilitated, or elderly animals without consulting your veterinarian. You may want to consider avoiding the use of some insecticides directly on your pet. Instead, you could comb the fleas off the animal with a flea comb then submerge the fleas in a small container of soapy water. This would also be a good alternative for pets that love being groomed but who violently refuse baths or the application of a spray.
2. Before using ANY product on your pet read the label instructions completely. If you do not completely understand the instructions, you should contact the manufacturer or your veterinarian for clarification. Observe the species and age requirements listed on the label. NEVER use a product labeled “for use on dogs only” on your cats.
|Cats react very differently than dogs to some insecticides. |
Some dog products can be deadly to cats, even in tiny amounts.
3. Always use caution when using shampoos, sprays, topical spot-ons, or mousse near your pet’s eyes, ears, and genitalia. Inactive ingredients could cause irritation to these sensitive tissues.
4. When using a fogger or a home premise spray, make sure to remove all pets from the house for the time period specified on the container. Food and water bowls should be removed from the area. Allow time for the product to dry completely before returning your animals to your home. Open windows or use fans to “air out” the household before returning your pets to the treated area. Strong fumes can be irritating to your animal’s eyes and upper respiratory system.
Birds are more sensitive to inhalants and usually require longer time before their return to the treated home. Contact your veterinary health professional for advice on product usage around your birds.
5. If you are uncertain about the usage of any product, contact the product’s manufacturer or your veterinarian to explain the directions BEFORE use of the product.
6. Insect growth regulators like lufenuron, methoprene, and pyriproxyfen can be used in combination or alone with flea control products. They can help break the flea life cycle by inhibiting flea maturation. Growth regulators have minimal adverse effects and can improve the efficacy when used in combination with adult flea insecticides.
8. Just because a product is labeled as “natural” product does not mean that the product is completely safe. Many such “natural” products can be harmful when used inappropriately on pets. For example, d-limonene and linalool are citrus extracts that are used as flea control agents. Though they are natural products, they still can have serious side effects if used on sensitive animals or if used improperly.
9. Observe your pet closely after using flea products. If your pet exhibits unusual behavior, or becomes depressed, weak, or uncoordinated you should seek veterinary advice immediately.
Once again, ALWAYS read the label. This could save the life of your pet!
ASPCA Animal Poison Control CenterThe ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center, an operating division of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) is a unique, emergency hotline providing 24-hour-a-day, 7-day-a-week telephone assistance to veterinarians and pet owners. The Center’s hotline veterinarians can quickly answer questions about toxic substances found in our everyday surroundings that can be dangerous to animals. The Center maintains a wide collection of reference materials and computer databases that help provide toxicological information for various species. Veterinary professionals provide around-the-clock, on-site coverage of the Center. The licensed staff members share over one hundred and ten years of combined call center experience and over seventy-five years of combined toxicology, clinical, and diagnostic experience.
The Center also works in partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to help educate pet owners to ” READ the LABEL FIRST!”
The phone number of the Center is 1-888-4-ANI-HELP (217-337-5030 outside of US and Canada).
Flea control products are a great way to keep your pets and yourself healthy and free from pests. By using a flea control product, you can keep your pet free from the risk of fleas and other pests and protect yourself from potential health complications. In addition to flea control products, there are a variety of other pet products that can help you take care of your furry friend. Browse our selection to find the perfect product for your needs. If you have any questions or comments about our selection, please let us know in the comments section below. We would love to hear from you!
Frequently Asked questions
What is the active ingredient in flea control?
Imidacloprid, the active component in the most popular topical flea medication, is so poisonous to fleas that it eliminates 98% of them on the body in just 24 hours. It is safe for dogs and cats to receive the suggested dosage and no more.
What are the control methods for preventing fleas?
1. Reduce how much time your pet spends outside.
2. Limit your interactions with stray and wild animals.
3. Regularly bathe and brush your pet.
4. Check frequently for fleas.
5. Fleas favour the warmer, more humid months, although they can live all year
6. long if there is an animal to feed on.
What is a natural killer of fleas?
Fleas are naturally repelled by citronella, eucalyptus, peppermint, tea tree, and rosemary. If your dog is comfortable using a spray bottle, mix a few drops of the essential oil of your choice with 300–400 ml of water before misting your dog’s coat.