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The bob marin fleaclear was really fast and easy to use my dog is hard to keep still but this was still easy to use i will be buying it again. i got this free sample in the post. its also so a lot cheaper than the others flea products but just has good.
When I brought Jess (my scruffy haired mongrel) home from her breeder I had been assured that she was flea free. She did not leave the house till she was 9 weeks old, and only then to toilet on the patio at the side of the house and at 10 weeks I took her to the vets for her first inoculation.
It was after this first visit to the vets I notice Jess seemed to be scratching quite a bit; she would stop mid bounce across the lounge to have a good old scratch. Fearing that my little Jess had picked up some unwelcome visitors I picked her up and had a look to see if I could spot any fleas or evidence of fleas. Unfortunately I spotted one on her belly and some little bits of black flea dirt in the fur on her back.
Most disgruntled I set of to Pets at Home to search out an effective flea treatment. A quick browse of the aisles and I could not help but notice the expense of the flea treatments. While money in theory is no object when it comes to the health of Jess the bank balance was telling me otherwise so I opted for a pack of Bob Martin Spot On costing about £8 for three months worth of protection.
The back of the pack soon informed me that Jess was the right age (over 8 weeks) and the right weight (more then 4kgs but less than 10kg) and that the treatment works quickly and effectively killing fleas (before they can lay eggs) and flea larvae, thereby effectively breaking the flea lifecycle.
In the pack are three plastic ampoules of flea treatment, each 1ml ampoule contains 100mg of imidacloprid (the flea killing ingredient). The ampoules are packaged individually in plastic and foil (like massive headache tablets) it is very easy to break the ampoule from the packaging. Also in the box are some little stickers for you to pop on you calendar as reminders when your dog needs treating, which is ever 4 weeks.
The ampoules have a twist off top, you then need to apply the liquid directly on to your dogs skin, between the shoulders is the best place. You just need to gently squeeze the tube to apply the liquid but don't rub it in. I apply this to Jess quite easily despite the fact that she has scruffy long fur. I manage to get most of it directly onto her skin; it does leave her fur looking greasy for a day or two though.
Happily Jess had no side effects, but if your dog becomes unwell after treatment it is best to get them to the vets.
I now use the flea treatment every four weeks and have not seen another flea since and Jess very rarely scratches so I am happy that the treatment works. Jess does have interaction with other dogs and has not picked up any unwanted visitors so I am satisfied that she is now protected.
Thank you for reading.
On the 18/12/11 I treated both my cocker spaniel dog with spot on, within hours the younger one Whisper started acting a little off, we checked the packaging for any possible side affects, none pther than possible skin irritation on contact point are mentioned.
Next she was vomiting, we took her to the vets, when told we had treated her with spot on he told us she had permethrin poisoning, [that is the active ingredient in spot on].
Also this would take 72 hours to work thro her system, we also had to wacth for tremors and seizures. they both accurred with in 8 hours. the poor dog was back at the vets sedated for 48 hours. when she came around blood test showed her kidneys had failed and we had to have put to sleep.
According to bob martin this is rare but reseaching this it does not seem as rare as they make out.
They have no plans to alter the spot on or put full side affects warnings on thier packaging.
We have lost a very loyal 3 year old dog and I am determind to do something about this.
If other people are of similar mind and wish to help please contact VDM.DEFRA. GOV.UK and fill in thier yellow adverse affects form online.
I have also been thro consumer advice and trading standards.
I hope other pet owners are luckier with thier pets.
===What is it?===
Anyone who has ever owned a dog or cat before will be aware of the problems that an owner can face when their pet becomes the target of the unwanted attention of fleas and ticks. My dog, Barney, through no fault of his own managed to become infested with fleas a number of years ago when he came into contact with a dog who was carrying them and it was only when I noticed him scratching excessively and saw a few tiny black dots on his dog bed that I realised that we both had a problem. A quick trip to Pets at Home and a swift purchase of the product under review here soon solved our problem and ever since then I always keep a tube of this solution to hand and use it as a preventative measure although it is also suitable as an effective treatment which eradicates the problem of fleas and ticks on dogs of all sizes.
Bob Martins Spot On is a liquid flea and tick remedy which can be bought as a single solution or in packs of 3. For cost effectiveness reasons I always buy the 3-pack as each tube gives 4 weeks worth of protection and as I primarily use this on Barney during the warmer summer months when we are at my caravan and go for long walks in the countryside and along the beach I like to make sure he is fully protected and safe from a repeat of what happened to him a few years ago. Depending on the size of your dog will determine which of the range of Bob Martin's products will be suitable for your pet, because Barney is a Yorkshire Terrier I buy the "Small Dogs and Puppies" variation of Spot On but other sized treatments are available for larger dogs. The box does helpfully state the maximum weight of a dog that the treatment will be effective for and usually has a picture on the front of a couple of dogs to give you an idea of which one will be right for you and your pet.
"Small Dogs and Puppies" is suitable for dogs up to 15kgs in weight and for puppies above 2 weeks in age and each transparent tube contains a small amount of odourless and colourless liquid. It's easy to apply, simply remove the cap and squeeze the liquid in small amounts down your dogs back under its fur directly onto the skin or alternatively as a single application on the back of its neck. Fleas and Ticks are killed as soon as they come into contact with the liquid and as the solution is effective for 4 weeks this breaks the life-cycle of a flea and should prevent them from laying eggs and hatching.
From my point of view Spot On is easy to apply and as Barney hasn't had fleas since his first encounter with the pests then I'm safe to assume that it is effective. We go for a lot of walks when we're at the caravan and many of them are in the countryside along the cliff tops which run adjacent to a farmers field, this is a haven for wildlife of all shapes and sizes, ticks and fleas included and this barrier treatment prevents them from hitching a ride and making a meal from my dog. There are many dogs that Barney likes to say Hello to when he sees them and I'm always confident that not only is he free from fleas himself but also he won't pick them up from other dogs either and for me this is all part and parcel of being a responsible dog owner.
Barney doesn't seem to have a problem with it either, he's happy for me to apply this to his skin and other than leaving a small wet patch of fur which dries quickly I don't think he particularly notices anything different when it's time for a new application. The only thing I have noticed is that it does tend to leave a dry patch on his fur, this isn't a problem when his coat is cut short but when it's longer it does give it a sticky appearance and it looks as if he has been licking a patch of his fur when he hasn't. After a couple of days though his fur looks back to normal and it's only ever an issue when his coat is longer, short-haired dogs shouldn't have this problem I wouldn't have thought but as Yorkie's have thick fur and don't moult it is an observation I have made.
It is worth mentioning here that this is very poisonous to cats and the warnings on the box advise you to be cautious in using this product if you happen to own both dogs and cats together. I don't own a cat so it's not a problem for me but it's worth knowing should you be looking at buying this for your own dog and happen to own a cat as well.
Other than that there are no concerns with this product as far as I can see, I've used it on Barney for years now with no ill effects. It doesn't irritate his skin and he has never had an allergic reaction to it, Bob Martin is a respected and well known name in the pet industry so you should be assured that this is a safe product designed and tested to be effective whilst not interfering with the health of your animal.
A 3-pack of Spot On lasts 12 weeks and costs in the region of £2.80 - £3.00 for the Small Dog and Puppies pack. Larger packs cost a little more but for 3 months worth of protection I think the price is very reasonable and a must-have product for me and Barney. There are no reasons to deduct any marks from my rating of this product so from me it gets five stars, available in all major supermarkets and Pet shops this is a product I highly recommend as a preventative measure as well as a solution to the problem of fleas.
Thanks for reading my review, please note that this also appears on ciao under my username.
We have a serious Pomeranian dog, a mature cat and a playful pedigree poodle in our home so it is essential, in my opinion, to keep them all free from infestations of any kind - especially those dreaded fleas. Thank goodness for Bob Martin who seems to come up trumps with all the treatments we have bought for different purposes over the years.
Our poodle (Pepper) is what you would class as a small dog (under 15kg) so we were recommended the Spot On for him by the vet at Pets at Home and the pack cost under £6 which was enough for 3 complete applications.
The box has good clear instructions on how to use each of the 3 phials/ tubes and the warnings about usage are clearly stated in both words and pictures. Basically it could not be easier as all I needed to do was read the directions, snip the end off the tube, part Pepper's fur so I could see parts of his skin and then gently allow the magic to work between his shoulder blades.
Each application claims to last for up to 4 weeks and I feel you get pretty good value from this product as it appears to have done the trick both quickly and easily with no fuss nor smell so I would not hesitate recommending it for other small dog owners.
It should be stressed that any of the dog's bedding, blankets, soft toys etc should be treated with a home furnishings flea treatment first otherwise it won't work as well or the fleas may return. By treating both the bedding and the dog the Spot On claims to break the cycle of fleas.
It should also be noted that you need to keep well away from cats as this stuff can be poisonous to felines and can even kill them. However, after 72 hours, cats can be rest assured that they are safe and we did not find it a problem.
I read on the instructions that it could irritate human skin so I played safe and popped on a pair of disposable gloves as you can gently use your fingers to make sure the product stays where it should - all in all the whole procedure took me less than 2 minutes. I have a feeling that if we had taken Pepper to some vets we would have had to wait a long time in reception plus be presented with a large bill so all I can say is a big thankyou to Bob for making life easier for all of us!