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Flea and Tick Season is Here

Due to the unusually warm winter this year, flea and tick season is starting early and may be one of the worst ever. Be sure your dogs and cats are treated to protect them. If you are using a topical application it is very important that you apply it appropriately. Here is a tip from Dr. Jon of PetPlace.com on how to do it properly.

How to Apply Topical Medication
Administration of topical medication is quite simple but it requires your dog/cat to remain still for a brief time. The medication needs to be placed in an area that the dog/cat cannot lick. (Between the shoulder blades at the base of the neck is generally a good spot.)

Hold the applicator upright and snap off the tip to allow the medication to flow out of the applicator.

Hold your pet still. Your pet can be standing, lying down or even sitting. Just make sure you have access to the necessary area.

For flea and tick products, read the instructions on the medication to determine if the manufacturers recommend applying in one area or multiple areas. Be sure you are using the right product for the weight of your pet and NEVER use dog treatment on a cat or vise versa.

Place the tip of the applicator through the hair and place directly against the skin. Squeeze the applicator until all of the medication has flowed out of the applicator. Try to avoid application of the medication on the hair. Once the treatment has been applied do not touch or pet the animal in this area for the next 24 hours and do not bathe.

Be sure to make a note of the date the treatment was applied and repeat every 30 days to keep the pet protected. Even if your cats do not go outside they should have treatment as you can inadvertenly bring a flea or tick in the house on your clothes.

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