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Important tips for using pour-on flea control products

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Fleas are a real nuisance for your pets, your home and the environment. They can cause your dog great discomfort through itching, allergies, skin conditions and more. There are various treatment options that are found to be very successful, including the pour-on types, also known as spot-on medications. After speaking with your veterinarian, you can find any type of flea treatment option at your local Rockford-area Petsmart or Petco as listed below or one closest to your home. Their friendly staff is always willing to help you make the wisest choice for your pet.

In past years, most flea treatment options included the flea collars, powders, dips and shampoos. In recent years, however, more products have been developed that are not only effective but environmentally friendly and safer for your pet. Many options now are either in oral form or the pour-on, spot-on treatment. If you learn the various life cycles of the flea, it is good to know that different products work on various cycles of the flea. The pour-on medications are highly effective used as directed.

Unless you buy a specific product that is feline-approved, most pour-on flea products should not be used on cats. Only certain formulas are made for their delicate bodies. When applying, ensure it is on an area of your dog's body where it cannot be reached and licked. The best area is at the nape of the neck. Your vet can demonstrate the best way to apply. Choose a product according to your pet's particular weight so that you have the right strength for your dog.

As a precaution, do not mix and combine various flea products on your pet at the same time. More protection is not necessarily better and can cause toxicity. When it comes to your cat or the smaller dog, be sure to use the right product as described and monitor your pet for 24 hours to be sure there were no adverse reactions.

Some of the best spot-on products include imidacloprid (Advantage®), fipronil (Frontline®), fipronil combined with methoprene (Frontline Plus®) and selamectin (Revolution®). Since Revolution® also contains heartworm preventative, it is available only by prescription or through your veterinarian's office.

These products are all generally safe and effective. If your pet reacts to the product, contact your veterinarian for advice. Uncommon side effects from topical products include local skin irritation and hypersalivation in some animals if licked when wet. Proper application can problem.

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If you are looking for wholesome, natural and homemade treats for your favorite canine best friend, Led foot’s Pet Bakery near the Rockford area is happy to meet your needs. Check out the website at Ledfoot Bakery. Contact Susan Weitzel at 815 784-6358, Ledfoot Bakery Contact.

If you are seeking Veterinary assistance in the Rockford area, you can check out one of these at - Rockford Vet Clinics, Bellwood Vet, Rockford Veterinarians, Perryville Veterinarian , Cat Veterinarians Specialists

For all your pets needs and accessories in the Rockford area, go to your local PETCO - 6305 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 229-0184 - Petco or your local PETSMART - 6320 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 397-7880 - Petsmart -Petland, (815) 332-4200 - Petland

For many of your pet essentials, visit your local Rockford-area CVS pharmacies. There are four convenient locations - 3134 11th Street, Rockford, IL 61109, (815)398-0048 - 110 S Alpine Rd, Rockford, IL 61108 - 3718 Main Street, Rockford, IL 61103, (815)877-9620 - 2454 S. Alpine Rd., Rockford, IL 61108, (815)399-5421 - CVS Pharmacy

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