Deflea Treatments VA
When Deflea Treatments VA season arrives, most pet owners attend to task of protecting their cats and dogs against these annoying pests. A flea infestation can be a major disruption in your household, with not only pets itching and scratching, but also your family and guests bitten by fleas. Though a wide variety of products are available to repel fleas and ticks, reactions to the powerful pesticides in these treatments can occur. Spot-on products offer the convenience of once-a-month application, but these must be used with caution to avoid pet health problems.
How Spot-On Treatments Work
The term “spot-on” refers to the way the flea repelling product is applied to the animal, usually on the back of the animal’s neck or between its shoulder blades. The flea-killing chemical sinks into the fat layer under the animal’s skin and is then spread through the oils of the coat. This protection lasts for about a month. The chemical is also waterproof, so that you can bathe your pet if needed and still have the protection against fleas. You should not use other flea repellents products such as shampoos, powders, sprays or flea collars if you are using spot-on treatments.
Use on Dogs
Spot-on Deflea Treatments VA and tick treatments come in a variety of strengths. Use the correct one for the weight of your dog. Do not attempt to use half a dose of a large dog for your smaller dog or combine two doses suited for a smaller dog if you have a large dog. Observe your dog for a few days after his first spot-on treatment. If you notice any unusual behavior or symptoms, consult your veterinarian. Take the spot-on treatment with you so that the vet knows what type of chemical is causing the problem.
Use on Cats
Some cats can be particularly sensitive to flea and tick repellant products. As with dogs, you should use the correct dosage for the weight of your pet. Apply the product only as directed on the label. Because cats lick themselves, it is important to ensure there are no side effects from the flea and tick repellent chemicals. Observe the cat’s behavior and consult your veterinarian for any unusual symptoms, taking the product with you.
Never use a spot-on flea treatment for dogs on your cat. Cats are not small dogs. They have a different biology and can be harmed by products formulated for dogs. Never use a product containing permethrin on cats. Permethrin is a synthetic type of pyrethrin that is toxic to cats. A reaction can occur within hours of applying it to the cat. Symptoms of toxicity include muscle tremors, seizures, depression, anorexia or vomiting. Always check the label of the spot-on flea product to ensure that it does not contain permethrin. If you notice unusual symptoms soon after applying a spot-on treatment to your cat, take him to the veterinarian immediately. You should also wash the cat with a mild dishing liquid to remove the chemical from the cat’s skin.
By Steve Newlin www.novarugs.com