Comb your pet regularly with a flea comb, vacuum frequently and dispose of the bags immediately after use, mow areas of the lawn where your dog spends time, wash pet bedding weekly, and wash your pet with a pesticide-free pet shampoo. In addition, to protect cats from fleas and ticks, as well as a host of other outdoor hazards, cats should be kept indoors at all times.
Flea and tick products
Although you can find shampoos, sprays, powders, monthly treatments and other products to control ticks and fleas at stores and veterinary offices, deciding what products are safe to use isn't simple. Studies have found potential hazards with certain ingredients, so discuss which product is safest with your veterinarian and always read the label carefully.
Follow these simple steps to help prevent problems:
- Talk to your veterinarian first.
- Learn about the health concerns regarding some ingredients.
- Never use dog treatments on cats, and vice versa.
- Always be certain of your pet's weight before purchase to ensure proper dosage.
- Don't split one "large dog" dose in half for two small dogs (or combine two "small dog" doses for one large dog).
- Read and follow all instructions when using these products.
- Do not use these products on elderly or pregnant animals.