Every pet needs an owner’s manual. Here’s yours.

The health of your pet centers around the vet.

A veterinarian specializes in caring for the health of your pet. Upon acquiring a dog or cat, find a vet near you. Then make an appointment to inquire about:

  • Annual checkups
  • Feeding
  • Clean-up
  • Shots & preventive healthcare

Some pet health products you should know about.

It’s also important to learn how to help protect your pet. See below for the family of Merial pet health care products. Then ask your vet which ones he or she recommends for your dog or cat.

Flea & Tick Protection

FRONTLINE® Plus Brand Products
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Kills fleas and ticks.
Topical liquid solution.
FRONTLINE Plus for Dogs
(5lbs and over)
8 weeks and older
FRONTLINE Plus for Cats
(1.5 lbs and over)
8 weeks and older
Do not use FRONTLINE
Plus for Dogs on cats.
NexGard (afoxolaner) Chewables
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Kills fleas and ticks.
beef-flavored chew.
For Dogs only
(4lbs and over)
8 weeks and older

Heartworm Protection

HEARTGARD® (ivermectin/pyrantel) Plus
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Prevents heartworm disease.
Easy-to-give real beef chew.
6 weeks and older

Oral Hygiene

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Helps prevent plaque
and tartar build-up.
Dogs & Cats

Important Safety Information
NexGard is for use in dogs only. The most frequently reported adverse reactions include vomiting, dry/flaky skin, diarrhea, lethargy, and anorexia. The safe use of NexGard in pregnant, breeding or lactating dogs has not been evaluated. Use with caution in dogs with a history of seizures. READ PRESCRIBING INFORMATION

IMPORTANT RISK INFORMATION: HEARTGARD and HEARTGARD Plus are well tolerated. All dogs should be tested for heartworm infection before starting a preventive program. Following the use of HEARTGARD Plus, digestive and neurological side effects have rarely been reported. READ PRESCRIBING INFORMATION

IMPORTANT RISK INFORMATION: HEARTGARD (ivermectin) for Cats is well tolerated. In the clinical studies involving more than 3,000 doses of HEARTGARD for Cats, observations reported within 24 hours of treatment included vomiting in ≤ 0.3% and diarrhea in ≤ 0.2% of the doses administered. There was no statistical difference between HEARTGARD for Cats and the product vehicle (control) for these observations. READ PRESCRIBING INFORMATION

Puppy Owner’s ManualDog with book

It’s safety first, second and third for puppies.

Protecting puppies

  1. Puppy-proofing: Remove electrical cords, small objects and toxic plants from curious, sharp-toothed puppies
  2. Choose toys carefully to avoid easy destruction
  3. Food such as chocolate, raisins, macadamia nuts, sugar-free gum and cocoa mulch are no-nos

Playing with others is a gentle process.

Socializing puppies

  1. Shots first: Before letting your puppy play with other animals, you’ll need to get it vaccinations
  2. Puppy classes can help your new pup become accustomed to other animals and family members
  3. Crating can help potty train your pup. Introduce the crate early on when the pup is young
  4. Touching your pup’s ears and paws will help prepare the little one for groomers and playing with others
  5. Exposure to vacuum cleaner sounds and unusual smells takes the surprise out of everyday home life

Experiment with whispering and other techniques.

Training puppies

  1. Be consistent with commands by using the same words, even whispering, and always praise correct behavior
  2. If your puppy pulls on the leash, switch the collar to a harness and avoid strain to its trachea
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Kitten Owner’s ManualCat with book

It’s safety first, second and third for kittens.

Protecting kittens

  1. Kitten-proofing: Remove toxic plants, bits of string and rubber bands from the reach of curious kitties. Also fix any loose window screens
  2. Toys are good entertainment but avoid items like string that can be ingested
  3. Clawing: With regular nail trimming and training, declawing can be avoided
  4. Going outdoors requires a collar and I.D. tag. Make sure the collar is a “breakaway” kind to avoid getting snagged on branches

Playing with others is a gentle process.

Socializing kittens

  1. When getting your new kitty comfortable with other cats, or even a dog, go slowly
  2. Provide a safe escape when starting introductions
  3. Don’t force things. It takes time for your kitten to adjust to its new surroundings

Experiment with whispering and other training techniques.

Training kittens

  1. Speaking to your kitty helps establish your relationship. Frequently talk to your kitten and praise good deeds
  2. Scratching is natural for felines. Introduce your kitten to a scratching post to avoid damage to upholstery and curtains
  3. While cats often clean themselves, try brushing fur, trimming nails
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