Many pet owners find grabbing the lowest-priced flea and tick medication at their local grocery store or pet store a quick and easy solution for parasite infestation, but what they don’t realize is that any medication that isn’t sold or prescribed to you by a veterinarian is not guaranteed! In fact, that medication can be down-right dangerous for your furry friends. At Germantown Vet, our experienced veterinarians strongly recommend purchasing your flea and tick prevention through a fully trained and licensed vet.
What’s Wrong with Over-the-Counter Flea & Tick Medication
Unfortunately, some pets can have strong reactions to over-the-counter flea and tick medications—it can even cause skin irritation and burns (see image to the right). These reactions are all too common and could most likely be avoided by purchasing your flea and tick medication through a guaranteed vendor such as a veterinarian.
There are many things that can go wrong when you purchase over-the-counter flea and tick medication:
- Wrong dosage – it is vitally important that you use the correct amount of medication for your pet’s size—using too much flea and tick medication can have dangerous consequences. When you are prescribed prevention medication from your vet, you’ll know without a doubt that you are getting the right dosage.
- Wrong medication – they make different flea and tick medications for dogs and cats for a reason! Mixing up the medications can have very serious, and sometimes fatal, results.
- Reaction with other medications – the flea and tick medication you purchase over-the-counter may react poorly to other medications your pet is taking. You need to consult with a veterinarian before purchasing.
Over-the-counter flea and tick medication can also be dangerous for pets who are pregnant or nursing, so it’s important to speak to an experienced professional before proceeding with your regular prevention treatment.
Get Flea & Tick Medication You Can Count On
When you get your flea and tick medication from a trained and licensed professional, you can rest assured that you’re getting exactly the right treatment your pet needs. The last thing you want to do is take a risk with your pet’s health, so schedule an appointment with the professionals at Germantown Vet today. We can make sure your pet is healthy and get him or her started on a flea and tick treatment plan.