Are You a Multiple Pet Owner? Listen Up!

I am a statistic. I’m sure many of you out there are, too. The statistic that I’m talking about is that nearly half (44 percent) of U.S. pet-owning households own more than one pet, according to the American Pet Products Association. As more and more households embrace multiple pets — and multiple species — it’s important to protect your fur babies from accidentally ingesting a monthly flea and tick squeeze-on preventative off of their four-legged buddy during grooming and play.

Flea and tick treatment and prevention products, like PetArmor Plus, are effective when used as directed. It is important to always Look at the Label before application to not only ensure that the product you select is right for your pet, but to make sure that you apply it properly.

The back panel of all flea and tick squeeze-on products states to separate multiple pets after application. Why is this necessary, you may ask? Simply stated: it is to protect your pets from harm! Dogs and cats like to groom and play with other pets in the home, and in doing so, may inadvertently rub or lick the product off of each other. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) tests all flea and tick topical treatments and preventatives for safety and efficacy. However, as with any flea and tick treatment and prevention squeeze-on, even the smallest amount of product that gets into a dog’s or cat’s mouth can cause drooling or foaming — and, in rare cases, can result in death. This tragedy can be easily avoided by simply separating your pets until the product dries. This can take up to 24 hours.

I typically apply PetArmor Plus shortly before bedtime while my dogs are calm and sleepy so that the product has time to dry overnight. They do not sleep next to each other — one sleeps curled in a chair and the other lays sprawled out on his dog bed — so I don’t need to worry about grooming or play during the night.

Remember: prevention is the best medicine, so keep your pets separated after applying a monthly flea and tick topical product!

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