No pesticide is 100 percent safe since pesticides are designed to control pests. That is why flea and tick control products carry specific warnings and precautions that must be followed. Consult your veterinarian to determine the most effective way to control fleas and ticks on your pet, and whether spot-on pesticide products are even needed.
Here are some tips that will help prevent adverse effects:
1. ALWAYS read the label before applying a spot-on product or any pesticide. The label is the law.
2. NEVER use dog products on your cat or let your cat near a dog that has been recently treated with a spot on product.
3. Following spot-on treatment, keep pets separated until the product is dry. Care must be taken to keep pets separated after application to prevent grooming of one animal by another.
4. Always know your pet's weight and use the appropriate product for your pet's weight class;
5. These products are not interchangeable; if you have a cat, make sure that you are purchasing a product that is registered for use on cats (use of dog products on cats can be fatal) or if you have a dog make sure the product you are purchasing is for use on dogs.
6. Do not purchase pet spot-on products that come in a large size (i.e., are registered for use on a large animal) from which you have to fill a smaller syringe to dose your pet (this is illegal).
7. Consult your veterinarian before application if your pet is very young, sick, aged, pregnant, nursing, is on medication or is exposed to other pesticide treatments as it may have additional sensitivity to the product.
8. Care must be taken to keep pets separated after application to prevent grooming of one animal by another. Other pets within the household may become exposed to the pesticide through grooming.