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5 mistakes pet owners make in flea and tick protection

5 mistakes pet owners make in flea and tick protection What mistakes to avoid when protecting animals from fleas and ticks (photo: Freepik)
Author: Daryna Vialko

Flea and tick protection is essential for pets. Not noticing these parasites doesn't mean you should neglect prevention. These annoying parasites not only cause discomfort but also transmit diseases, according to the PetMD website.

Veterinarians have named mistakes to avoid during flea and tick prevention.

Missing a dose

Flea and tick prevention is effective when applied on time and consistently. Many people think that it is okay to skip flea and tick prevention from time to time.

However, even one lapse in flea and tick prevention puts your dog or cat at risk.

Fleas and ticks can enter homes through clothing and spread from one pet to another. If a pet misses a monthly dosage, it may become susceptible to parasites.

Setting up automatic calendar reminders on your phone is recommended.

Take a break in winter

Fleas and ticks are most prevalent in warm weather, so many people may only focus on care during the summer.

Parasites exist year-round, so avoiding prevention is not advisable.

Giving cats and dogs the same treatment

Never give cats a flea and tick product intended for dogs. This is because preventive treatments developed for dogs can be extremely toxic to cats.

Products are designed specifically for each animal.

If you accidentally administer a flea and tick product to the wrong pet, contact your veterinarian immediately.

Dosage error

Overdosing or underdosing flea and tick medication can lead to complications and side effects. Additionally, it can reduce the effectiveness of the medication.

It's important to follow all instructions on the product packaging.

If you have a puppy or kitten, it's necessary to check the animal's weight regularly to ensure the correct dosage is administered.

Thinking that indoor pets do not need prevention

No pet is immune to fleas and ticks. Indoor cats are just as susceptible to these parasites as dogs.

Remember that fleas and ticks can be on clothes, and hide in the yard.

Make sure that all pets in your home are on regular preventive care.