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How To Apply Flea and Tick Medications

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10 steps for applying topical tick & flea medications

  1. Touch the skin with the applicator tip. Don't put the applicator tip in the hair, because hair cannot absorb product. Put the tip on the skin, which is able to absorb the tick and flea medication.
  2. You can slide the applicator under the hair (rather than parting the hair with your fingers) if you are sure the applicator touches the skin.
  3. Apply along the back where the pet cannot reach.
  4. You can apply to one spot or several spots, however, the more often you lift the applicator tip and move to another location, the more likely you are to get product in the hair or on yourself. If it is difficult to do well, do it only once.
  1. For some pets it is helpful to apply both above and below the collar.
  2. For flexible cats, apply at the base of the skull rather than along the back. If a cat can lick it off, the medication won't work and the cat may get sick.
  3. Do not rub the tick or flea product in.
  4. Keep your fingers away from the applicator tip so that the pet, and not you, receives the dose.
  5. Squeeze the tube entirely empty.
  6. Praise the pet for sitting still.

Healthy skin allows maximum benefit from topical tick and flea medications

  • Be sure the skin is soft, flexible, and healthy.
  • If it is dry, thick, and unhealthy, the medication will not be carried through the epidermis as it should.
  • If necessary, give your pet a nutritional supplement with Omega 3 fatty acids and flax oils to improve its skin and coat.

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