Applying a flea and tick treatment improperly may result in the product not working as well, or not working for the duration of time stated on the packaging. Each product will come with instructions for proper application, and should be followed very closely. Read the instructions and ensure you understand them prior to application.
The most important aspect of applying any topical flea and tick treatment is to ensure the product gets on the pet’s skin. It can be difficult to part the fur and get down to the skin, but if this is not done, it will result in decreased efficacy. If using a flea and tick collar, it must fit snugly in order to come into contact with the pet’s skin as they move. However, it is important to remember not to have the collar on too tightly, as to no constrict the throat.
Once the fur has been parted in the designated area (often in between the shoulder blades),squeeze the contents of the tube directly onto the skin. Do not rub it in or spread it around, simply allow the dog’s skin to absorb it. Natural movements from the dog will disperse the product. It is also important not to allow other pets or children to come into contact with the product after application.
Some flea and tick non-toxic treatment state that bathing is okay, but one thing to keep in mind is bathing prior to application. A common mistake pet owners make is bathing a pet just prior to application. This may result in decreased efficacy. A pet’s natural skin oils help disperse flea and tick products, and if these oils are washed away, the product cannot perform properly. Bathe a pet no less than two days prior to a treatment application. Wait at least another two days after applying to bathe the pet, if the product states bathing is permissible. Using a mild, soap-free pet shampoo will also help ensure the product doesn’t lose efficacy.
Other Flea and Tick Treatments
For flea and tick treatments in shampoo, spray, or powder form, read all instructions carefully to ensure the product is being applied properly. Some require skin contact for a certain duration of time, others may require application in certain intervals. As a general rule, most products work best when in contact with the skin, as fleas must feed on pets through the skin. It is also where the eggs and larvae are commonly found. If those are not killed, they will hatch into adults.