Does My Pet Really Need Flea & Tick Medication

Pet Helpers is incredibly saddened to learn of the recent death of one of our adopted dogs. This post is in loving memory of Duncan who was taken to his heavenly home last Thursday. This is from his family………
It has been too painful for us to post on his passing. We are still grieving deeply and miss him terribly. He was only 4 years old and died after a visit to the vet. He was put on a new flea chewable that took his life less than 24 hours after taking it. Our other dog who went to the vet at the same time and was prescribed the same flea chewable almost died on Friday from the same medicine. At this time we are not sure he will still make it as there is no antidote for it and our research has shown that several dogs have died within 30 days due to liver and kidney failure after taking this medication. Wish we had known this beforehand! Would have never allowed this to be prescribed, let alone given it to our dogs. Never again will we use a chewable flea & tick med! Please Keep Patti Winter and Todd Michael in your prayers. I fostered Duncan 3 yrs ago and he was such a joy.
Please avoid this drug called Bravecto. I know many vets are pushing it and it just isn’t safe and there isn’t enough info out there yet

Before applying any topical flea and tick medication to your cat, pay heed.

The EPA advisory warns pet owners to carefully follow instructions when using flea and tick products, and advises them to consult a veterinarian before using the products on weak, aged, medicated, sick, pregnant or nursing pets, or on pets that have previously shown signs of sensitivity to pesticide products.

How Do Common Tick Medications for Pets Work? | petMD

Another flea and tick medication that has become a household name is Bayer K9 Advantix II. Finally, help save those fish out there and protect the environment – never let your dog jump right into the lake, pond, or ocean after you apply a flea and tick medication – wait at least 24 hours for the product is dry. Otherwise it can result in poisoning of the fish in the water.

How Do Flea and Tick Pet Medications Work

When in doubt, talk to your veterinarian about the safest type of flea and tick medications to use on your cats and dogs. If you own both species, you should separate your dog from his buddy cat until the spot-on product is completely dried so you can prevent chemical exposure to your cat.

Why is My Flea and Tick Medication Not Working? | PetCareRx


Oral preventatives are also more convenient for many people. Unlike topical flea preventatives, oral treatments are easy to administer and won't create a sticky mess. The oral medications are available in either a beef-flavored tablet or soft chew. Many pets will eat these medications like treats, making it easy to give them their monthly dose of flea prevention. If you choose , your dog will be protected against fleas and ticks for up to 12 weeks!If your pet isn't exposed to ticks and you want to give one easy medication each month for heartworms, fleas and intestinal parasites, could be the right choice.In the past, pet parents had to give their pets separate products to prevent heartworms, fleas, ticks, and intestinal parasites. This can be inconvenient and expensive, especially for people with multiple pets. The good news is many oral flea medications also prevent other harmful pests! Combination make it possible to prevent heartworms along with protection from common pests including fleas, and in some products, ticks, mites and intestinal parasites — all in one medication.