Ok, let’s start with over the counter flea treatment/control. You have to be very careful when buying your animals flea treatment from a local shop or store, why?
Let’s put this as simple as possible.
The aim of a flea treatment or control is to kill an animal or pest on your animal. So in effect you are using chemicals of some kind to kill the pests.
Many of the commonly used flea preventative treatments, shampoos, and flea collars contain substances called pyrethrins , or botanical insecticides derived from chrysanthemum flowers.
Others include a stronger, synthetic derivative of pyrethrins called pyrethroids.
Permethrin , a type of pyrethroid, can be used to treat dogs but is extremely toxic to cats.
That’s why it’s so important to make sure you read the label carefully to make sure you’re applying the right product for your specific pet.
Other problems occur when owners disregard the weight requirements on the medication. Medication meant for large dogs may be toxic to smaller dog because the dose is too high.
Yet another issue can result from using a “combination” medication incorrectly for instance, using a flea and heartworm preventative on a dog that hasn’t been tested for heartworm.
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Some animals have become aggressive with certain flea collars, some have had seizures and some have died.
Some flea treatments kill the flea and not the egg, so within days the eggs hatch and you end up with the same problem all over again but yet you can’t apply any more treatments on your animal for another month. That’s a whole month of growth and reproduction for the flea!
It’s not only your pet you should be worried about with these treatments, it’s yourself. You stroke your animal sometimes forgetting they have just had a spot on, therefore the treatment soaks into your skin!
Consult your vet for the best treatment for your pet. Think about it this way….
Would you self medicate your child if they had an issue with pests on their skin?