Adams Flea and Tick Mist, offered by Farnam Companies Inc is an insecticide with characteristics of a repellent and deodorant.
What the product cures
The formulation is designed to kill fleas, ticks and lice for puppies, dogs, and kittens and cats. It also helps keeping away gnats, flies and mosquitoes.
It is not difficult to assess if your pet is affected by fleas. Initially, you’ll find it scratching and itching frequently. Subsequently, the affected part of the skin turns red and gets inflamed due flea bites and the continued biting and scratching. You can also see flea dirt on the pet’s skin and bed. Flea dirt appears as tiny dark specks. It’s is a mixture of flea waste and dried blood. The simplest way to find if your pet is affected by fleas is to run a comb through the fur of your pet. If you notice any small black insects on the fur, it surely is affected.
The ticks are habitually located in brushy, wooded areas and get attached to your dog walking in the thick vegetation, making it imperative for you to check your dog after every outing, even if it visited only the backyard. It is easier to catch ticks before they attach to your pet than probing them afterwards. There are two kinds of ticks affecting dogs: soft ticks (argasids) and hard ticks (ixodids). Contrary to popular belief ticks are not insects, but invertebrates that are very much related to spiders and mites. Quite like fleas, they also survive on the blood of animals. The brown dog tick, Rhipicephalus sanguineus, is widespread among dogs, the world over. Hard ticks or Ixodid ticks transmit Lyme's disease that can affect horses, dogs and humans. Baby ticks with six legs usually survive on blood derived from smaller animals like rodents and shrews, but the adults having eight legs feed on the blood of larger living animals, including dogs. Ticks draw blood by popping in their mouth into the flesh of their victims. Their bite causes intense irritation, itching and oozing of liquid.
Tick symptoms can be wide ranging and include fever, swelling in the joints, loss of appetite, pain in body or limbs and difficulty in walking.
When you like keeping your pet healthy, you need to invest a lot of your time and be committed. Some of the common ailments for dogs include allergies, anxiety, high blood pressure or heart ailments and gastrointestinal disorders. Likewise, you cat may get affected by allergies, diabetes, eye problem, Gastrointestinal ailments and malfunctioning or infection of urinary tract or kidney.
Pets with Ailments
Relative info on breed most associated with this ailment
Fleas are common parasites of dogs, swarming their hair coat. Adult fleas are tiny, just 1-5 mm in size having flat bodies and feed on animals’ blood. Fleas that usually plague dogs are the cat flea (Ctenocephalides felis) and the dog flea (Ctenocephalides canis).Though fleas and ticks affect all breeds of dogs and cats, fleas are found to be prevalent among beagles, a dog breed having a white, tan, and black coat with long drooping ears, often used for hunting.
Questions for the vet & product
Using any pesticide meant for pets can result to sensitivities. On noticing any signs of sensitivity, bathe the pets using mild soap solution, followed by rinsing with large volumes of water. In case signs persist, contact your veterinarian without delay. Yet, you may ask:
1. How would I know if my pet has been poisoned?
Symptoms of poisoning caused by treatments relating to flea/tick include dilated pupils, salivating, vomiting, tremors, shivering, hiding and skin irritation.
2. Can fleas cause any disease to my pet?
a) Fleas could cause flea allergy dermatitis (FAD), also known as flea bite hypersensitivity. This disease is very prevalent among domestic dogs. It frequently occurs during summer time as warm weather facilitates breeding of fleas.
b) Fleas also act as a host for roundworm of dogs and the regular intestinal flatworm of dogs and cats
3. Can fleas affect humans too?
Among humans, fleas can also cause flea allergy or inflammation of skin.
4. Can spray be used on pet's indoor bed?
Adams™ Home Flea & Tick Spray can be used on all fabrics. After spraying, do not disturb the area for the amount of time noted on the label. Spray should be applied evenly.
5. Can I use other products along with this flea and tick spray?
It is not recommended to use too many pesticides at the same time. Follow instructions on the label or contact your vet.
6. How long it takes for the spray to get dried?
Generally it takes about an hour or so. Do not allow children or other pets to come in contact with pet while spray is still wet.
Being toxic to fish, it should not be mixed with water straightway. Should not be used at places where water can overflow.
PHYSICAL OR CHEMICAL HAZARDS:
As one of the constituents is alcohol, the product is flammable and needs to be stored away from heat and fire. Likewise, it should not be applied on painted or finished wood surfaces.
If Swallowed: Immediately contact a poison control center and seek advice. If the affected person is in a state to swallow, offer them to sip a glass of water. Unless suggested by the doctor at poison control centre, do not encourage the person to vomit. If the affected becomes unconscious, do not administer anything though their mouth.
If in eyes: If spray affects the eyes, keep affected eye open and using water, wash it lightly and unhurriedly for fifteen to twenty minutes. Contact lenses, if in use, should be removed after the initial five minutes and washing of eye be continued. Get in touch with a doctor or poison control centre for further advice and action to be taken.
If on skin or clothing: Immediately remove polluted clothing and keep washing the skin with liberal volumes of water for fifteen to twenty minutes. Approach a doctor or poison control centre for further advice and action to be taken.
Storage & Disposal
Storage: Prevent contamination of food, water, or feed during storage and disposal. The contents should not be transferred to other containers.
Disposal: Empty containers should not be reused. Consign it to trash or look to the possibility of its recycling. Unused or leftover of the container should never be disposed in any drain. Seek help of local solid waste agency or call up 1-800-CLEANUP for instructions concerning disposal.
Brand vs. generic comparison: Smart Shield Applicator from Adams allows pet owners to effectively fight against fleas and ticks in a secured manner, offering a hassle-free treatment and saving their trip to the vet. The applicator forms a barrier that helps preventing the spray to spread on hands. Its especially designed tip keeps the hair parted thus helping to reach the pet's skin and clicks, facilitating an even application.
Here’s the composition of the product:
*Piperonyl butoxide, technical
N-Octyl bicycloheptene dicarboximide
*Equivalent to 1.20% of butylcarbityl (6-propylpiperonyl) ether and .30% of related compounds.
**Other ingredients include grooming additives to facilitate brushing and combing of the coat to make it free of dead fleas, ticks and lice.