When your flea spot-on treatment arrives in the post, then it is time to dose
- Choose a moment when your pet is calm and either sitting or lying on their front.
- Remove the cap and hold the pipette upright in one hand
- With your other hand part your pet’s hair at the base of their skull until bare skin is visible.
- Place the pipette onto this area of skin and squeeze out the liquid. The liquid inside a spot-on pipette is designed to be applied directly onto skin, not hair. You may need to repeat this action at several locations on the back of the neck, no one area should have excessive liquid applied.
- For larger pets, where there is a larger quantity of liquid to be applied, place the pipette against the skin at the base of their neck and move the pipette upwards whilst gently squeezing out the liquid. Alternatively for very large dogs, liquid may be applied across several spots along their back. These methods will help to reduce the chances of liquid pooling and running down the coat, where it will not be effective.
- Gently smooth displaced hair
- Wash hands after application
- Reward your pet with a treat and make a fuss of them
- Do not let your pet swim or be exposed to heavy rain in 48 hours post application. Do not bathe your pet in 48 hours post application – ideally any bathing should occur in the days just before the next application is required.
Why apply spot-on treatments to the back of the neck?
The reason for applying these treatments to the back of the neck is to prevent pets from licking off and ingesting product. If you have more than one pet and they like to groom or lick each other, keep them separated until the product has dried.
You may notice a greasy mark for a few days after flea treatment product has been applied, this is quite normal.
Written by Lindsay Rose MA VetMB CertAVP CertVBM MRCVS