animal-15607 620x400There are a number of reasons why you may need to apply a topical medication to your pet. One common instance is in the case of topical flea and tick medications. Here is some guidance on how to apply these medications properly.

Topical medications come in a few different varieties including lotions, patches, and creams. It’s important to be aware of the guidelines that come with each of those different types. Use only as advised, and for the complete time prescribed. If you notice any adverse reactions, cease use immediately.

If your pet’s medication needs time to dry before coming into contact with people or other animals, make sure to follow this rule. Some medications can be harmful to other animals if licked or rubbed against before drying.

Also be certain not to irritate any inflamed or damaged areas of your pet’s skin during the application. Oftentimes pets will squirm and not stay still when there is a wound being treated, but it’s important not to irritate the area too much.

Sometimes it may be necessary to use an Elizabethan Collar, or a cone shaped collar that prevents your pet from licking or biting parts of the body.

To learn more about applying topical medications, contact us today. We’d be happy to speak with you and answer any questions you might have.