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Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week: FLEAS!!

Dawn O Watson/CNBNews Contributor

 

It’s allergy time and that means Fido spends the better part of his day scratching! He’s being driven mad by bug bites, pollen, and his arch enemy, the flea!

MishkaThere are plenty of topical and oral medications on the market that boast about their power to get rid of fleas and other summer pests. But be sure to research these products before you purchase them! Some can be harmful to your dog!

The best tool to find out about a medicine’s effectiveness is the Internet. Be sure to look on a site that is not paid for by a company with a vested interest in the product. You want an impartial recommendation, not one that promotes a company!

While veterinarians can sell you a particular product, they may be biased by drug representatives from whom they are given a perk or a kick-back for sales.

Over-the-counter oral or topical medications may help but first, consider that they are made for humans, not animals. Use caution and only use a product you know will not have unpleasant side effects.

As an extra word of caution always use a medication intended for a cat on your cat! Never use a dog medicine of any kind on a cat. I speak from experience, here; applying a topical flea remedy on a family member’s cats almost killed them. It cost thousands of dollars and many hours of pain to bring the cats back to health. They survived but they suffered greatly.

Flea shampoos (specific to canines) are effective in bringing your dog relief. It’s recommended that a mild flea shampoo be used no more than once weekly. Be careful not to get the shampoo in Fido’s eyes as in some cases it causes irritation.

If you have questions about this or any other dog-related issue please text or call 856.981.8957 or email brotherofthewolf@live.com. There is never a fee for phone or email consultation.

Wado udohiyu, (thank you very much in the Cherokee language)

Dawn Watson

Owner, Brother of the Wolf LLC

Pictured: Mishka, Brother of the Wolf's mascot

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