If the dog or cat likes to lie in bed or if small children love to cuddle with the family cat, this should be taken into account when choosing a tick repellent.
During peak season for ticks, fleas and other parasites, special tick-protection collars or medicines that are dripped onto the animals’ skin for protection are popular with pet owners. But when choosing the right remedy, not only the effectiveness should play a role, but also the living conditions of the animals. For example, if they share the bed with the owners or if children have close contact with them.
If collars are used, small children in particular should not have prolonged, intensive contact with the treated animal, should not touch the collar or put it in their mouth. This is pointed out by the Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL).
After the application of so-called “spot-on” preparations to the skin of the animals, these should not be touched until the application site has dried or is still recognisable as such. Therefore, evening treatment is often the best option. Freshly treated animals should then also not sleep in bed with people.
Contact with the veterinary medicinal product may cause side effects in humans such as itching or reddening of the skin. If close contact with the animal is unavoidable, this should be taken into account when choosing the preparation. Veterinarians can advise on this. If, after the use of a veterinary medicinal product, undesirable symptoms occur in the treated animal, the user or in contact persons, this should be reported to the FSVO.
Source: bee-seeks-stork.com / dpa
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