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Important Reminders Before You Begin Using Flea and Tick Products

If you own a dog, you obviously have dealt with fleas and ticks a handful of times. These tiny yet very dangerous and dirty creatures will go the extra mile to crawl their way up to your dog and they need to in order to survive. As for you and your pet buddy, they are unwelcome visitors because they not only cause severe itching and skin infection, they also can bring with them nasty diseases.

The first thing you must understand in your battle against not only fleas but also ticks is that there is a wide range of products you can use, although timing is of the essence for them to work ideally. Likewise, location and climate are two other very important factors you need to consider. For instance, fleas attack and are at their worst during the summer or in warm climates. Ticks on the other hand most likely will appear during spring and summer. However, you do have to understand that they actually are present whatever the season is; it’s just that they choose to be active in certain seasons.

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For you to successfully treat your dog of any tick or flea infestation, you first must learn how to detect the signs. For without knowing the signs, you won’t be able to treat your pet buddy the soonest time possible. But then again, if you already see the signs and yet you do nothing about it, the infestation could easily and quickly get worse and you’ll end up having to face a bigger problem like serious skin infection and disease.
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The nice thing about most flea treatments these days is that you get to choose products that also eliminate and prevent ticks and other pests. So far, the two most common variants are pills and spot-on treatments. Other varieties include sprays, collars, and shampoos.

But before you apply or use any of those flea treatment products, it is strongly advised that you go to your veterinarian first. The purpose is to make sure it won’t harm your dog in any way. The fact is it is important that you visit a vet if your dog is very old, still a puppy, or maybe pregnant or nursing young ones; the same holds true for a dog that’s taking other medications or is known to have allergic reactions to certain chemicals.

Finally, it never is a good idea to use products intended for other animals to your dog. Doing so could lead to the death of your pet buddy. Always follow the instructions written in the product, especially on the amount that needs to be administered.