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Mistakes Pet Owners Make: Fleas and Ticks
M Duffy Jones, DVM posted:
I've seen pet owners make a number or mistakes when dealing with fleas and ticks on their pets. For instance:

1. After spotting fleas or a tick, some owners panic and buy all the protective products they can, and then use them on their pet all at once! Exposure to a mix of products can cause your pet to have a reaction. The solution: instead of panicking, call your veterinarian and find out which single product is best for your furry friend.

2. People sometimes make the mistake of visiting other people's homes when their own pets have fleas -- nothing like the gift of fleas between friends!

3. Sometimes pet owners see fleas or ticks on one pet, and they only treat the pet on which they were spotted. If your dog has fleas or ticks, don't forget to inspect and treat your cat for them, too. While you're killing the fleas or removing a tick from your dog, your cat may be bringing in a whole new batch of parasites from outside. So be sure to treat all the pets in your household when you notice a problem.

4. While the internet can be a great place to look for information, some of the content you find could be misleading. For instance, I've seen tips about using motor oil on pets to kill fleas and ticks! And a couple of times every year, I'll see a very greasy dog in my office -- who still has fleas. Motor oil is not a solution for fleas, and can actually do some harm to your pet. It's OK to start online when looking for answers. But remember to use your veterinarian as the final resource for what treatments are best for your pets.


William Draper, DVM, better known as "Dr. Will," is a well-known small animal practitioner in the Atlanta, GA area. He grew up in Inglewood,...More

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