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Is it safe to use over the counter flea and tick products?

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First thing a consumer needs to know about over the counter flea and tick products is that many of them are toxic to cats and other types of animals. So if you have cats or other pets, it would be advisable to stay away from any products that warn about toxicities to other animals. These products are often topical so they can get on the other pets if they were to contact the dog that is being treated. Second, these products do not have the same active ingredient as the veterinary regulated ones. This means that they may not work as well. Some of them have compounds that just deter the pest and do not distribute evenly throughout the body. Lastly, some of the active ingredients are not as safe as the veterinary regulated products because there has not been as much testing on them. The package may say safe but that is not a guarantee with these products. Animal safety regulation is not as rigid as with human health. Your safest bet is to purchase the products that are veterinary regulated. They may cost a little more but you get what you pay for.

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