Do Not Use Dog Flea Treatments On A Cat

Do Not Use Dog Flea Treatments On A Cat

Do NOT use Dog Flea Treatments on a Cat 

Cats and dogs have different physiologies and these products affect them differently. Canine formulations of flea and tick preventive products can be lethal for cats, so you can not use the same medication on your dog as your cat — unless it has been specifically formulated for both species.  If in doubt, don’t do it.

PetMD has a lot of great information, but use at your own discretion.  If in doubt, don’t do it until you can be certain.

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Both cats and dogs need to be given preventive products for fleas and ticks. If you are the head of a household where cats and dogs reside together, you may be tempted to get one flea and tick treatment for both. It’s important that you do your research carefully before using any product on your pets that has not been explicitly prescribed for them, and this is particularly the case with flea and tick treatments. Cats and dogs have different physiologies and these products affect them differently. Canine formulations of flea and tick preventive products can be lethal for cats, so you can not use the same medication on your dog as your cat — unless it has been specifically formulated for both species.

There are some products that come in both a cat and dog version, but you still need to read the labels carefully to make sure you are using a product that is labeled for use in cats before applying it on, or giving it to your cat. Cats can become very ill and even die from an incorrect application of dog flea and tick treatment. Link Here.

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Another resource for information and treatment: Link