Certifect for Dogs
Certifect, manufactured by the Merial Company, is a spot-treatment repellant of external parasites.
How it works:
Certifect works by repelling and killing all stages of flea, lice, and tick detachment. As the product becomes absorbed into the skin, the skin will become poisonous for the parasite. This is the same action as a mouse ingesting poison.
What the product cures
Certifect treats and controls ticks, all four life stages of fleas, and chewing lice. Stops existing infestations and prevents re-infestations of fleas and ticks.
Fleas, ticks, and chewing lice produce high irritation levels upon dogs. Fleas attach themselves to pets in order to consume their blood. As these tiny pests take their blood meals, the skin inflames causing pets to itch and scratch excessively. The dog flea; Ctenocephalides canis, are tiny, just 1-5 mm in size having flat bodies. Pet owners may not be able to view the fleas themselves but will be able to view a product known as flea dander. Flea dander appears as black dirt within the pet’s hair, this so called dirt is in fact digested blood defecated by the flea. Fleas not only infect the dog themselves but act as a vector for tapeworms and bartonellosis disease.
Ticks are small parasitic creatures which live in wooded or over ground areas of the country. The most common varieties of ticks include; Deer ticks, Gulf Coast ticks, Black legged ticks, Brown Dog ticks, American Dog ticks, Lone Star ticks, Yellow Dog ticks, European Dog ticks, Wood ticks, and Paralysis ticks. These ticks attach themselves to dogs, feeding on their blood, until they become engorged with blood, eventually bursting. Once the tick has burst, the head remains within the skin forming a pyritic located spot. Ticks can also transfer disease including; Lyme Disease, Canine Ehrlichiosis, Anaplasmosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Hetatozoonosis, Babesiosis, or cause tick paralysis.
Chewing lice is known as Trichodectes canis. Under the microscope, chewing lice have a wide head and large jaws. They can adhere themselves to the hair shaft in the dog's coat and are tough to dislodge. A dog infected with these louses will continuously chew at himself, leaving bald patches of hair.
As a pet owner, it is difficult to prevent external parasitic infestation during warm months. In order to keep your pet’s healthy; dedication to treatments and proper care is a must. Pet aliments caused by ticks can be wide ranging and include fever, swelling in the joints, loss of appetite, pain in body or limbs and difficulty in walking. Additional ailments cause by these external pests include; anemia, lethargy, purities, hairless, and weight loss.
Relative info on breed most associated with this ailment
Although fleas and ticks affect all breeds of dogs, 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. Can I bathe my pet with this product on them?
Certifect remains effective after bathing, water immersion, or exposure to sunlight.
2. Can I use other products along with this flea and tick spray?
a.) It is not recommended to use too many pesticides at the same time. Follow instructions on the label or contact your vet.
3. How long it takes for the treatment to dry?
a.) 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.
4. How long does the product remain effective?
a.) Certifect remains effective against ticks and lice for up to 1 month, 3 months against fleas.
5. How long does it take for the product to begin working?
a.) This product begins killing fleas, ticks, and lice within 24 hours.
6. My dog enjoys grooming himself excessively. Will the product be harmful to him if he ingests it?
a.) After the product dries, it has absorbed itself into the skin and will not harm your dog. Talk with your veterinarian to issue an Elizabethan collar (cone) to prevent him from licking the spot until that time.
Store away from children and other animals.
Do NOT use product on cats.
Do NOT use product on rabbits, hamsters, or any other animal, except canines.
Inconsistent usage of this product is a violation against the federal law. Read insert directions thoroughly before every application.
Do not apply more than once monthly.
Animals: The product is to be used externally on canines older than 8 weeks. Dogs with diabetes or heart conditions should not use Certifect. Temporary lethargy and puritits have been noted in some dogs.
Humans: This product is harmful if ingested, causes moderate eye and skin irritation. Avoid contact with clothing and eyes. Always wash hands thoroughly with soap and water after application. Individuals taking MAOI-containing medications should take extreme care while applying this product.
Certifect is hazardous to both domestic animals and humans.
PHYSICAL OR CHEMICAL HAZARDS:
Do not use or store product by heat element of open flame.
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 center, do not encourage the person to vomit.
If in eyes: If product reaches eye contact, rinse the eye for 15-20 minutes. Contact a local medical physician.
If on skin or clothing: Remove all contacted clothing and wash skin thoroughly with soap and water. Allergic reactions have been reported in some individuals. Contact a physician in reaction occurs.
Storage & Disposal
Store remaining or unused product in the original container, do not transfer medication to alternative holding device. Keep product in a cool, dry location, away from food and water.
Unused or leftover of the container should never be disposed in any drain. Seek help of local solid waste agency for instructions concerning disposal. Empty containers should not be reused. Consign it to trash or look to the possibility of its recycling.
Brand vs. generic comparison:
Certifect is a convenient, fast-acting, long-lasting spot treatment. Competitors of the name brand Certifect use the same active ingredients but may be less expensive. Competitive brands do not last as long as Certifect and may not repels lice, ticks and fleas together in one treatment.
Here’s the composition of the product:
The amount of active ingredients in the total volume is equivalent to 6.4% Fipronil, 5.8% (S)-Methoprene, and 7.6% Amitraz.
OTHER INGREDIENTS 81.4%
OTHER INGREDIENTS 77.9%