Veterinary Pharmacy Articles
Why has my veterinarian prescribed this medicine?
Selamectin is a topical agent used to kill parasites in dogs and cats. It is used to kill adult fleas, prevent flea eggs from hatching, prevent and control flea infestations, prevent heartworm disease and treat and control ear mite infestations in dogs and cats. This product may also be prescribed by your veterinarian for the treatment and control of sarcoptic mange, control of tick infestations in dogs and the treatment of intestinal hookworm and roundworm infections in cats.
How do I give this medication?
- Apply this medication to your pet as directed by your veterinarian. Read the label carefully.
- DO NOT apply more medication than directed or more often than directed.
- Try to ensure that you have a reminder system in place to indicate when the next dose should be applied.
- Part the hair on the animals back at the base of the neck in front of the shoulder blades until the skin is visible. Place the tip of the tube on the skin and squeeze the tube to empty the entire contents directly onto the skin in one spot.
- Do not massage the product into the skin.
- Do not apply to broken skin.
- Do not apply to wet hair coat
- Keep the product away from the pet’s mouth and eyes.
- Discard empty tubes in your ordinary household garbage.
- Wash hands with soap and water after handling the medication.
What if I miss giving a dose?
Apply the dose as soon as possible. Contact your veterinarian if you have missed applying the dose by more than a few days. Do not apply two doses at once.
How do I store this medicine?
- Keep this medicine out of reach of children.
- Store this medicine below 30oC. Store away from heat and direct sunlight.
- Do not store this medicine in the bathroom, near the kitchen sink or in damp places. The medicine may break down if exposed to heat or moisture.
Potential Side Effects
- A small percentage of cats may temporarily lose their hair and have slight inflammation at or near the site of application.
- The following side effects have been observed rarely: vomiting, loose stools or diarrhea with or without blood, loss of appetite, drowsiness, salivation, rapid breathing and muscle tremors.
- If you notice anything unusual, contact your veterinarian.
Possible Drug Interactions
- Make sure to tell your veterinarian what other medication you are giving to your pet.
- Quite often your veterinarian may prescribe two different medications, even if a drug interaction may occur. In this case, your veterinarian may vary the dose and/or monitor your pet more closely.
- Contact your veterinarian if your pet experiences any unusual reactions when different medications are given together.
PET HEALTH LIBRARY
- The Pet Health Library contains information on some of the most common medical problems of dogs and cats. This information is designed to assist pet owners in better understanding their pets' health problems.
Cat Friendly Practice
- In the United States, there are millions more owned cats than owned dogs, yet cats visit veterinarians less frequently than dogs. A major reason is that it is very stressful to take cats to the veterinary practice and often owners believe their cat doesn't need routine check-ups for wellness and preventive care. The Cat Friendly Practice® (CFP) program, created by expert feline practitioners, provides a solution to this trend and provides an opportunity for veterinary practices to elevate care for cats and reduce the stress during the visit.