5 Unskippable Steps People Forget When Applying Flea Medication

Not taking preventive measures against fleas puts your pet’s and your family’s health at risk. While most spot-on flea treatments do a great job, they do need to be administered with care. We are going to leave you with a few critical pet flea treatment steps people often forget or disregard. Skipping these can result in improper administration and more importantly can compromise the health of your pet and human family members. In this post, we will focus on spot-on application and how to be safe.

Before we move ahead, here’s something you absolutely need to know.
Flea meds that are meant for dogs should under no circumstances be used treat fleas in cats. It’s a mistake that has killed many cats over the years. There are certain ingredients in dog flea meds that can potentially be deadly if applied on cats. It doesn’t matter if your cat outweighs your chihuahua, you need to buy two separate packs for both pets. At the risk of stating the obvious, remember to get the dosage right. A safe flea medication is only safe when applied in the right dosage. Monitor your pet’s weight and buy a recommended spot-on pack.


Not Looking Up the Active Ingredients: When you buy from a reputed online pet pharmacy or a pet store, you are more or less safe. However, before you apply or even buy a flea med for dogs or cats it makes sense to look up the primary ingredients. Read the product label and Google the ingredient names followed by keywords such as “toxicity” or “safety.” This should open up a whole bunch of results. Do your research and keep your pet safe.

Not Hitting the Right Spot:
If you have a pet then you already know that you need to apply the spot-on product directly on to the skin. However, some people completely forget that it needs to be applied on a certain area. The liquid anti-flea solution needs to be applied directly between your pet’s shoulder blades. This is an area that’s inaccessible to your pet, which means they cannot possibly lick it and accidentally consume the pesticide.


Not Briefing the Kids: Kids come in close contact with pets. This is why it’s important to warn the kids after applying the flea solution. If you have a hyperactive young child, you may need to cordon off a space for the pet.

Not Wearing Disposable Gloves:
While it’s good advice to wash hands after applying flea solution, that’s usually not enough. Most people forget that a lot of these spot-treatments are waterproof. So, if it doesn’t wash off easily from your pet’s body chances are you might end up with traces of pesticides in your hands even after washing them. Wearing cheap disposable gloves prevents this from happening. Stay safe.  

Not Watching Out for Reactions: Dogs and cats can start experiencing side effects hours after the flea treatment. Side effects can range from excessive drooling to vomiting and diarrhea. It’s best not to leave the pets alone at home following a flea treatment. To be safe, keep a close watch for the next 5 to 6 hours before moving one with your day.

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