What you need to know about Flea Medicine
When you're trying to control your pet's flea problem, choosing a medicine is an important factor. Pretty much every owner is concerned about their pet's safety, and they don't want to give their cat or dog medicine that will hurt them. This page has a number of tips and things you should consider when buying flea medicine for your pet.
Flea medicine comes in a variety of delivery methods. Some comes in pill form, some is sprayed onto the animal directly and then absorbed through the skin, and some is ingested orally through food or drops. It can be great for them, but it can also be dangerous, so you need to think about a number of things.
First, talk to your vet. You wouldn't just go start taking random pills for yourself without consulting a doctor, and you shouldn't do it to your pet either. Flea medicines could interact negatively with health problems that your pet has had, and your vet can probably recommend a specific kind based on his or her personal experience.
Second, pick one and stick with it. Don't make a cocktail for your pet - some people are tempted to go overboard. They are being bitten and harassed by fleas, and they think that the more stuff they give their pet, the better. That's not the way it works - you can end up hurting your pet that way, because the medications are often not designed to work together.
Third, think about whether you want to give it to your pet in the first place. Some people don't like taking any risks at all with their animals, and will want to try the home remedies or natural flea control methods suggested on this site. But at the same time, you need to realize that fleas are not just an annoyance. They can cause serious health problems - they carry other parasites, and can cause anemia and other potentially deadly diseases. It's probably better to take the risk of side effects than to let your dog or cat keep being bitten. You can keep these risks low by getting the name brand products and not the unknown stuff.
Fourth, you need to think about the age of your pet. If your pet is really young or really old, you should be much more wary of what you're giving them. Strictly adhere to the guidelines on the package - if it says don't give it until your kitten or puppy is ten weeks old, then don't. They're there for a reason - it's just not safe. If you have a young pet, you might just have to wait it out because you can't use a medicine for flea control until your pet is fully developed. Check out the other pages on this site - they'll give you a lot of other methods that you can use regardless of the age of your pet.
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