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How to Apply Topical Flea Treatments

Topical flea treatments such as Frontline Plus for dogs and Advantage for cats are extremely easy to use, but only once you know how!

The process is very straightforward though it can seem a little awkward until both you and your pet get the hang of it!

  1. Ensure you have the correct pack size that corresponds to both the weight and type of pet to be treated. It’s important to double check every time you use flea medicine if you have various types and sizes of pets in the family.
  2. Find somewhere comfortable. Small dogs and cats are most easily treated on your lap or on a counter-top or table. Larger dogs will need to stand still (easier said than done sometimes!).
  3. Part the fur to reveal the skin. This is best done at the base of the neck on cats, and between the shoulder blades on dogs.
  4. Open the capsule of liquid flea medicine and empty the entire contents directly onto the skin. Squeeze the capsule as you move it away to ensure every last drop is used up.
  5. For products such as Advantix used on larger dogs you may get better flea protection by applying the liquid to multiple sites along the spine from shoulders to the base of the tail (check the packet for instructions).

That’s all you need to do. Topical flea treatments are given a bitter taste, and with the application site being an awkward to reach area you shouldn’t have a problem with pets licking the medicine, but it is best to keep an eye on them till the liquid is dry.

It’s important to bathe your pet (or take them swimming) only once the product is completely absorbed and dry. The time this takes depends on the product being used, from a few hours to a few days, so do check the label.

Written by Karl

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