Flea control safety for cats
• It’s flea season. If you treat your pets with any kind of topical or oral preventive, be sure you don’t share products between cats and dogs. Products made for dogs can be toxic and even deadly to cats. For instance, cats are highly sensitive to permethrin products and can be affected even if they just come in contact with a dog treated with a permethrin-based preventive. Read the label carefully to make sure you’re using the appropriate product for each pet, and check with your veterinarian if you’re not sure. Signs of toxicity in cats include drooling, vomiting, muscle tremors, dilated pupils and seizures. Take any pet to the veterinarian right away if these signs occur after administering a flea preventive product.
— Dr. Marty Becker, Kim Campbell Thornton and Mikkel Becker. Joining them is dog trainer and behavior consultant Mikkel Becker. Dr. Becker can be found at Facebook.com/DrMarty Becker or Kim Campbell Thornton is at Facebook.com/KimCampbellThornton . Mikkel Becker is at Facebook.com/ MikkelBecker.
PHOTO CAPTION: Never use dog flea-control products on cats.