OMAHA, Neb., June 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Sergeant's Pet Care Products,
Inc., a leading provider of over-the-counter flea and tick control products
for dogs and cats, is reminding pet owners of the need to follow specific
label directions regarding the proper use of flea and tick control products
and their potential associated risks through its national consumer
educational campaign called "Look at the Label."
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"The misuse of flea and tick products is, unfortunately, fairly common
and potentially harmful," says Joel Adamson, senior vice president at
Sergeant's. "Taking the time to read a product label can mean the
difference between the life, health and death of your pet."
Sergeant's recommends pet owners look for the following information on
* Look for the dosage amount for the size and age of your pet. Products
are specially formulated for pets based on weight. This information is
nearly always on the front of the product package, making it easy
reference for consumers as they shop.
* All flea and tick product labels indicate for which species the product
is intended. Never use a flea and tick control product intended for
dogs on a cat, and vice versa.
* Check the back label for active ingredients and warnings. By knowing
the active ingredient, you can compare effectiveness and safety.
* Look for the manufacturer's contact information should you have
questions or need help. Typically this information can be found at the
bottom of the back label.
* And, as with medications for humans, carefully read and follow all
There are many brands of spot-on products for flea and tick control
that are labeled for "use on dogs only," says Adamson. "While many products
may have a good safety record when used on dogs, studies indicate that even
small amounts of certain ingredients contained in dog products could be
dangerous to a cat."
"As with all products, adverse reactions can occur if it is not applied
properly," says Adamson. "To the nation's 75 million dog owners, our
message is simple: Look at the label."
About Sergeant's Pet Care Products
Sergeant's Pet Care Products, Inc., is based in Omaha, Neb. and is a
leading supplier of pet supplies including flea and tick remedies, health
and well-being products, natural and formulated treats, rawhide chews, toys
and accessories. Sergeant's has been caring for pets since 1868, is
America's oldest full-line pet supplies company and has one of the most
trusted names in pet care. For more information, visit the Sergeant's web
site at www.sergeants.com.
SOURCE Sergeant's Pet Care Products