Stop and Look at the Label!

Have you ever stood in the pet aisle with a variety of flea and tick products in your hands and not know how to pick the right product for your pet? It’s of upmost importance to select a product that is weight, age and species appropriate for your pet — get it wrong and the consequences can be serious.

You’ll be glad you stopped for a second and carefully read the label. Flea and tick control products are safe and effective when used as directed. However, as with any flea and tick control product, you must first Look at the Label!

Know Your Pet’s Weight and Age

First and foremost, look for the dosage amount for the size and age of your pet. Products are specially formulated for pets based on weight. This information is always on the front of the product package, making it an easy reference for consumers as they shop. For example:

  • Make sure the weight of your animal matches the dosage on the product package.
  • Make sure your pet meets the age requirements stated on the product package.

What is Your Pet’s Species?

All flea and tick product labels indicate which species the product is intended for. Never use a flea and tick control product intended for dogs on a cat and vice versa. Cats are not small dogs and their particular metabolism and chemistry means that you should ONLY use a cat product on a cat!

Label Instructions

Look for the manufacturer’s contact information should you have any questions or need help. Typically this information can be found on the bottom of the back label. And, as with medications for humans, carefully read and follow all label instructions.

Tip: Avoid Double Dosing

Sergeant’s squeeze-on products are designed to work alone and NOT in combination with other flea and tick control products. Determine when you last treated your pet with a flea and tick product — this includes flea and tick squeeze-ons, shampoos, powders, sprays and collars — and only reapply as directed on the product label. Check the product packaging or call Sergeant’s at 800-224-PETS (7387) or your veterinarian to ensure the recommended time has passed since the last application before applying the new product.

Have a pet question? You’re in luck! I’ll be answering questions live on the Pet Health Central Facebook page tonight at 7 p.m. CT/8 p.m. ET during our #ASKAVET event. I hope to see you there!

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