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Tips for Applying Topical Dog Flea Meds
No matter which brand of topical dog flea meds you choose, for effective flea control, proper application is important. Before you apply any dog flea meds to your pet, be sure to thoroughly read the application instructions. While the application method will vary based upon the brand of spot-on dog flea meds you purchase, there are some general tips that will help ensure best results:
- Most dog flea meds come in different doses, based upon the weight of your dog. Make sure to purchase the correct dose for your own pet. Since these doses are carefully pre-measured, you should never try to split doses of dog flea meds.
- If your pet is ill, elderly, pregnant or nursing, or debilitated, be sure to consult your veterinarian before applying dog flea meds. Additionally, if you wish to use topical dog flea meds on a puppy, you must check the product label for minimum age and/or weight requirements.
- For effective flea control, topical dog flea meds must be applied to your dog’s skin, and not onto the fur. Part your pet’s fur so you can see the skin and place the tip of the applicator directly on your dog’s skin. Ensure you have applied the entire contents of the applicator tube to your pet.
- Read the product directions carefully. Some dog flea meds, such as Frontline, are to be applied in a single spot between the shoulder blades. Other dog flea meds, such as K9 Advantix, should be applied in a few spots on top of the back from the shoulder to the base of the tail.
- Most topical dog flea meds are waterproof and will continue to work even after your dog swims or bathes. However, it is best to wait 24 hours to ensure the dog flea meds are thoroughly dry before bathing or swimming. When you bathe your dog, use a gentle, non-detergent dog shampoo that is specially formulated not to wash off dog flea meds.
- Apply dog flea meds the same time every month. Try to choose an easy-to-remember date such as the first of every month.
- Never use dog flea meds on a cat. When applying dog flea meds, be careful to avoid getting the product in your dog’s eyes, nose or mouth.
Properly applied, topical dog flea meds are a simple and effective way to control fleas on your pet. For maximum effectiveness and safety, be sure to read all of the application instructions before administering any dog flea meds.
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