Frequently Asked Questions
How important is it to keep within the weight guidelines when using Hartz flea and tick products for dogs?
It is very important to keep within the weight guidelines when using dog topicals. For example, if your dog weighs 20 lbs. and you use drops for a 4-15 lb dog, then you are lowering the dosage and hence lowering the efficacy of the product. On the other hand, if you were to use drops for a dog weighing over 60 lbs. on your 20 lb dog, then you are going above the recommended dosage set forth by the EPA for safety. Just like with a medication it is important not to go above or below the recommended dosage.
How does my dog get fleas?
Fleas can be picked up outside in grassy areas, and are most prevalent in areas that are shaded. As your pet walks through these areas, the fleas hop on. Humans can even bring fleas into their home on their clothing, bottom of shoes, etc., and then pass them onto their pet.
I have a puppy that already has fleas. How old does a puppy have to be before I can use one of your flea and tick products?
Puppies must be 12 weeks of age or older and must weigh at least 4lbs.
Can I use your flea & tick products on a pregnant dog?
No, it is not recommended to use our flea and tick products on pregnant dogs, read the product labels for full precautions.
What if my dog drinks some of the bath water during the bath?
If your dog does get a few drinks of the water before you can stop it, this should not likely cause a problem because the bath water will have diluted the shampoo. However, it is possible to have some gastrointestinal upset (vomiting or diarrhea) from the soap in the shampoo usually within 24 to 48 hours of the bath. Contact your veterinarian if the signs persist for longer than 48 hours or if they become worse.
How do you know if a dog is going have an allergic reaction to a topical flea and tick product?
Unfortunately, this is not an easy question to answer. Your dog can have a reaction to the first exposure to a product, to a later application of the product, or never. While reactions to topical drops are rare, they might result in mild skin irritation. It is important to observe your pet for the first 24 hours and contact your veterinarian if you note any abnormal reactions.
I have an elderly dog, is he too old for a topical flea and tick treatments and, if so, what do you recommend I should do now to control his fleas?
Your dog is not too old. In fact, it is important to provide effective flea and tick control for your senior dog’s health and well-being. However, if your dog has been diagnosed with an illness, consult your veterinarian before using any topical flea and tick product.
Should I be concerned about mosquitoes biting my dog?
Yes, mosquitoes are not only a nuisance but they can also carry diseases. Most concerning is their ability to transmit canine heartworms. Dr. Melinda recommends the use of Hartz® UltraGuard Pro® or Hartz® UltraGuard Plus™ to kill mosquitoes on contact.
How do I know if my dog has ear mites?
Ear mites are barely visible to the naked eye; however, here are some symptoms to look for:Head shaking or carrying the head tilted to one side.Excessive scratching at the ears (there may be sores around the ears).Dark brown to black crusty discharge in the ears.Difficulty hearing – especially if combined with other signs.
How many different types of intestinal worms can attack my dog?
As a dog owner, it’s important to know about the different types of worms and their potential effects on your dog’s health. The most common are roundworms, hookworms, tapeworms and whipworms. See Intestinal parasites and your dog.
How does my dog become infected with intestinal worms?
How your pet becomes infected depends on the type of worm. Puppies may become infected with roundworms while in uterus, thus they are already infected at birth. Otherwise, they can become infected through their mother’s milk. This is also true of hookworms. To become infected with Tapeworms dogs need to ingest an infected flea. See Intestinal parasites and your dog.