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Insider Tips in Controlling Ticks & Fleas effectively - Part 1

This is 'Part One' of a series on Tick & Flea control programme.

Most of the animal owners face a real challenge in tackling ticks,
fleas and lice which infests their animals resulting in reduced
productivity and health. Even more importantly, they are also
concerned about the zoonotic nature of those infestations.

In-fact, field veterinarians are mostly smart enough in choosing the
best molecule to tackle this menace, but the issue is also related to
the compliance on the animal owners' side. And, animal owners are
often unaware of the many marketing gimmicks, tactics and
arm-twisting practices of the trade.

Field practitioners are often concerned with the indications and
contra-indications of the product. Other than this, many
pharmaceutically significant aspects influence the real field
effectiveness and product compliance.

A simple point to illustrate is that, many synthetic preparations
are photo-sensitive and as such, these products may have
undergone considerable degradation before reaching the client !
Typically, the product would have been exhibited in the trade
counters for days and kept even at window-panes of animal
shelters before it was applied. This stresses the importance to
choose a reliable and time-tested product from the market as
proven manufacturers always (or know how to) use more
' chemically stable or competent ' formulations.

This raises question to the mere concept of "chemical analysis"
to prove label claim and effectiveness. Emulsion properties,
particle size, water miscibility, penetrability, biological activity,
therapeutic index, mammalian toxicity and rheologic properties
are only a few of the other numerous parameters considered.


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