15 Oct Flea And Tick Spot-On
Spot-on flea and tick products can be hazardous to your pet if used incorrectly. These products are liquids intended for application to the skin, usually at a location where a pet is unable to lick such as on the back, between the shoulder blades. These products should be considered safe for most pets and when applied as per manufacturer’s instructions, adverse effects are rare.
But sometimes accidents do happen; most commonly a spot-on product is mistakenly given by mouth to a pet, or a pet manages to lick the product from the fur or skin. The bitter taste of the products can cause head shaking, drooling, foaming at the mouth, nausea, and vomiting. Some pets may feel itchy at the site of application on the skin; this may make some pets scratch and appear agitated. Some spot-on products contain ingredients that, when taken orally, may affect the nervous system causing weakness, tremors, and seizures.
The Animal Poisons Helpline recommends:
✅ Following the manufacturer’s instructions for application of all flea and tick products
✅ Speaking to your local veterinarian if you are uncertain which product to purchase for your pet or how to apply it
✅ Never applying a dog flea and tick product to a cat
☎ If your pet appears to be having a reaction to a flea or tick spot-on product, or you have accidently applied the product incorrectly, please immediately phone the Animal Poisons Helpline or the manufacturer of the product (number should be on the packaging) for a risk assessment and first aid advice.
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