Worming and de-fleaing the cats is a necessary and expensive evil, for both me and them. The flea treatment I buy is Frontline, and I usually buy it from Pets At Home although they also sell it at my local Co-op Pharmacy. It costs around £20 for 6 applications.
My cats are both hunters and are outdoors a lot, so they are susceptible to fleas and in the early days, I used a cheaper treatment and would see obvious signs of fleas - twitching and erratic jumping etc. This has stopped since we started using Frontline, apart from one recent visit to the vets when he detected 'some evidence' in one of my cats' fur. I realised that I had gone overdue with her treatment, and being peak hunting season, this was very remiss on my part.
The treatment is a liquid which is required to be applied directly to the cats’s skin – i.e. part the fur to apply it. It is to be applied at the back of the neck, this is where the cat can’t reach to lick it off, so it’s important to get it in the right place, and in my experience this is a two- person operation. That’s not to say I haven’t successfully applied this myself, as the application is quite well designed if you don’t happen to have help to hand.
The liquid comes in flat plastic ‘pipettes’ each holding 0.5ml of liquid, which although it may look and sound a miniscule amount, it does seem a lot when you are trying to hold a cat which has suddenly acquired 4 or 5 additional legs! The end of the pipette snaps off easily when bent backwards but be aware that at this point, the slightest pressure of tilting will mean the liquid comes out as it has the consistency nearer to water than to anything thicker. Therefore, be in position with the cat held firmly and the fur parted ready, once the end is to be snapped off. Writing this, it seems incredible that I have done this single-handedly but it honestly is possible!
When you apply the liquid, it looks very messy and is obviously immediately uncomfortable to the cat, but as soon as she realises she can’t reach it and I pop her collar back on, she does seem to forget quite quickly. The liquid does dry and remain visible for a while, but it’s always gone by the next day.
I keep a record on the calendar to make sure I keep my cats' treatment up to date, and with that in place I think that Frontline is a good answer to this unfortunate problem.
I bought Frontline for both my cat and dog after a flea outbreak back in march.
It cost me £28 for the large dog breed one and around £17 for the cat.
Inside the boxes was 3 pipettes and stickers to mark on the calender as reminders of the next treatment. For my cat it was a case of emptying one pipette between his shoulder blades, and the dog had half in the same place and a half on the base of her tail. Dog did not react at all but the cat went berserk charging all over the house.
A few days later I noticed a bald spot on the cat at the site of the treatment. Then his skin seemed to flare up. He was covered in small scabs and there was still signs of fleas being present in both cat and dog. The dog was just scratching constantly. I did not use another treatment but instead switched over to advantage. Best thing I have ever done for my wee beasties. Their skin cleared up within days and the fleas are all gone.
After a conversation with my vet, he said that Frontline is now becoming less effective on the fleas and advised advocate. But at the moment I am quite happy with the advantage and will not be switching. I will certainly not be buying Frontline again. I remember it being effective on one of my dogs in the past but after this disaster I would not chance it again.
I hate the thought of my cat having fleas especially as he comes into the house. Once they get into your house they make home in your carpets and furniture and are difficult to get rid of so my moto for fleas is prevention is better than cure.
I find the most effective treatment Frontline spot on. I use this every 10 - 12 weeks on my cat and he's never had fleas so in my opinion it's 100%.
This type of Frontline is NOT prescription only and can be brought on line, however there is one called Frontline Combo (which is prescription only). I purchase mine online from Animal Direct £11 for 3 pipets and free delivery.
You can purchase them in packs of 3 or 6. They come in a translucent blue pipette.
To apply you just snap the lid off, part the fur so you can see the skin and spot the liquid on to the skin on the back of the neck, ensure you do it high enough so your cat can't lick it off once applied. It does leave a slightly greasy mark but after 24 hours it disappears.
My cat is a little lively and I have no trouble at all applying this to him. The recommended minimum period is for treatment is 4-6 weeks. I use it 6 weekly to prevent fleas and ticks.
If you wish to prevent fleas I would recommend using this a it's a stress free solution to both owner and cat.
I have recently acquired a Pedigree British Shorthair cat to add to my collection, which I'm pointing the finger of blame at for creating the worse outbreak of fleas in my household that I've ever known. The arrival of my new cat coincided with the recent heatwave so it seems that it must have arrived with the odd flea or eggs in its fur and the heat caused these to multiply and multiply and multiply. It didn't help that I went on holiday for a few days around the same time and when I returned home my friend, who had been looking after my cats in my house greeted me with the words "you're infested by fleas".
I've always combed my cats regularly with a flea comb and occasionally find the odd flea on them when they've been outside, but I've never until now experienced much of a problem. I knew that I was badly infested because not only were the fleas biting my cats, they were also biting me and my friends and my poor Pedigree was scratching so much that her skin was becoming dry and flaky.
Frontline Drops were recommended to me by everyone that I spoke to so I purchased a packet from my local Pet Stores after a brief consultation in which they asked me about the size and weight of my cats and how many cats I had in my house. I'm not sure if this means that there are are different strength versions of Frontline available or whether the assistant was just being nosey but after parting with around £13 I was armed with a packet of Frontine that contained three separate doses of treatment and I headed off home, eager to start the treatment.
Applying the Frontline was very easy. It comes in a liquid sealed inside a small capsule and you snap off the end and squeeze it out. None of my cats like taking tablets without a big fuss but this was done without hardly a blink of the eye. It is important to apply the liquid to the neck area, behind where the collar would normally go so I'd already removed their collars in preparation. I assume this is the ideal spot because they can't lick it off. The instructions recommend that it is applied directly onto the skin (not the fur) in two separate areas on the back of the neck, a few centres apart.
The liquid quickly dries and appeared odourless but it looked quite sticky so I was careful not to get in on my hands, but washed them thoroughly afterwards just in case.
One small capsule is supposed to be sufficient to treat one cat and it should last for at least a month which seemed quite a boast considering the tiny amount of liquid that the capsule contained.
Following their treatment cats should be kept indoors for at least a couple of days. This is because the Frontline kills any fleas that jump onto them and keeping the cats indoors means they were a magnet to any fleas hiding in the carpet and upholstery so any fleas that jump on them will quickly die.
In conjunction with the Frontline treatment I also used flea powder for the carpets and vacuumed my house from top to bottom obsessively, but it still took a couple of days before I saw much of a difference. I realised that this was powerful stuff because I soon started to find dead fleas on my windowsill and in other places where my cats like to sit and it was noticeable that they had stopped scratching. Within less a week my cats had completely stopped scratching and the dry skin on my Pedigree had completely cleared up.
Frontline can also be used to treat ticks and will protect a cat for up to a month, fleas should be kept at bay a little longer but to ensure that they don't return it is recommended that all pets are treated every 3 months and that all dogs and cats within a household are treated. The product works by killing the eggs and the larvae of the fleas but will only kill an adult flea if it comes directly into contact with your treated cat so don't be alarmed if you see still fleas for quite a few days after treating your cat. In fact the product makes adult fleas more active, making them more likely to jump onto your cat and die so if you see more fleas than before it probably means that its taking effect.
A month on and my house is still flea free and I can rest again, so I'd definitely recommend this product, but I wouldn't wish a flea infestation like that on my worst enemy.
Fleas are a thoroughly miserable experience for the owner and the cat. Once they are in your house it's hard and expensive to get rid of them. Far better is to make sure that your cat never picks them, or ticks, up. There are lots of solutions to fleas - collars, sprays, liquid treatments.... Frontline is one of the more expensive options but for my cat, its been 100% successful.
Frontline comes in packs of 3 or 6 plastic pipettes. There are stickers to record a treatment on your calendar and a chart on the back of the box to do the same. One treatment lasts 4-5 weeks. It's available in a surprising number of locations - pet stores, pharmacies and on line. It's worth shopping around as the prices can vary enormously.
Administering the treatment is fairly easy with my cat. You need to tap the fluid in the pipette to the bottom before snapping off the top. Unfortunately this does leave a slightly sharp edge that can brush against your cat as you put the solution on. The liquid is applied between your cats shoulder blades. You are advised to put it in two spots slightly apart. Invisible at first,you will notice a greasy patch spread on your pets fur during the day. It doesn't look good and your cat will attempt to groom it off, however it's a small price to pay for being flea and tick free.
I have a cat and like all cats, they sometimes have fleas which are not good for both the cats and the home. One flea can accumulate into many more if not treated. I buy this flea control for my cats.
The flea treatment comes in pipettes, which are small plastic containers which are a clear plastic and they have a liquid inside them. The liquid can be seen through the containers. They come in packs of 3 or 6 containers and housed in a cardboard box, which has all the information on the box of how to use them.
They are easy to use and all that you need to do is snap the top of the container, then just part the fur on the back of the cat. It is best to use it right between the shoulder blade area near the scruff of the neck of the cat. Then all that is need is to squeeze the container so that the liquid seeps out onto the skin part, once the fur is parted. That's it, the liquid then does all the hard work of killing any fleas on the cat. I can easily apply it myself but if you have a cat who can be a little awkward applying such treatments or doesn't always like to be handled this way, then I recommend 2 people applying it. Once parting the hair and one applying the treatment so that the cat isn't finding it an unpleasant experience and not unhappy.
It doesn't sting or hurt the cat and my cats are not afraid of the treatment because they are so used to it. The liquid is a fairly thick consistency and isn't runny and it doesn't make a mess on the fur. It just soaks well into the fur with no problems harming it at all. It dries in no time at all.
I like this treatment because it also kills ticks as well as fleas. It is to be used once a month on a regular basis and the fleas are kept under control. My cats like to wonder around outside and do sometimes come home with a flea but the flea doesn't live long because the treatment kills them for up to a month, hence why the treatment needs to be used again after a month to keep on continually killing them and so making life much more pleasant for the cats.
I highly recommend this treatment, it works in a few hours of the first treatment. It can be bought from a vet or from a supermarket. I have bought it from Asda's a few times and paid around £14 from the chemist on my highstreet. It is a little more expensive from a vet and so it is wise to shop around for this treatment and find it cheaper.
Works a treat and essential if you have cats. It is also available for dogs too and any advice can be sought from the chemist or your vet. All the information is on the box and always wise to read it fully before applying the treatment. My cats are happy because they are comfortable and not scratching or having their fur damaged because of fleas.
Well worth a try if you have cats.
I rate this treatment 5 stars.
After about 3 years of constantly listening to my daughter crying and begging to get her a cat, I finally gave in and brought home 10 week old Tinker, a cute little tortoise-shell girl with an attitude. Of course as new pet owners we made a trip to the local pet store and spent a fortune on bedding, toys, food and everything else that a cat would ever need...or not need. We also decided to get her some flea treatment as she was constantly scratching, and even though I wasn't sure whether or not she had fleas, we thought better be safe than sorry. As she was quite young we couldn't buy the Frontline treatment at the time, so we opted for the Johnson's Veterinary Easy Spot on Treatment, which is suitable for kittens from 8 weeks old. This was applied as directed and naively we just assumed if she'd had fleas these would soon be dead and gone as promised on the packet. We couldn't have been more wrong. A few days later, off she went to the vets for her first vaccines, and on examination by the vet, she was diagnosed as having fleas. The vet recommended Frontline and even though we explained that she was not quite 12 weeks, after weighing her he said it would be fine as she weighed over 2 kilos.
So off we went to Pets at Home and for £15 bought the Frontline Spot on Treatment for Cats (3 pipettes, meaning 3 doses, which would last you about 12 weeks, as you must re-apply every 4 weeks). The Frontline Spot on Treatment is for the treatment and prevention of flea and tick infestations and control of biting lice. Each pipette contains 0.5 ml of liquid, which must be applied directly onto the cat's skin between the shoulder blades. This was easy enough to do and seemed to soak into her skin straight away (the Johnsons one which we had used before was in gel form and a lot of it had ended up in her fur rather than on her skin). It didn't seem to have a strong smell either like the Johnsons which had a strong medicinal tea tree kind of smell, lingering for hours.
About and hour later we start seeing little beasties all over the kitten, which we had never seen before, about 6 or 7 in total! A week later, back at the vets, he confirms that the cat is flea free! She is no longer scratching and we continue to use the Frontline Spot on Treatment, which I purchase online from www.pet-supermarket.co.uk for £11.15 with free delivery, which is a lot cheaper than anywhere else I've seen! Oh, and before I forget, I recommend the Indorex Spray for around the house, it has amazing reviews and anything else would really be a waste of money!
When we first received our cat she was an 11 week old kitten, or there about, and unfortunately she had caught fleas from her mother. This was not good at all and as soon as my husband brought her home I could tell that she had fleas just from her meowing and scratching. We set to work bathing her with a flea product (which turned out to be a mistake as she was too small to regulate her own body temperature) and we then made sure we treated the whole flat (even though she hadn't been further than the hall) and from 12 weeks we begun using Frontline flea treatments on her neck too and we have continued this pretty much since about 6 months old to ensure that she stays flea free.
We tend to pay £14.29 for 3 months treatment from Pets At Home and our main reason for purchasing this treatment from there is just convenience, also, if the weight of our cat changes they will give us the correct dosage to ensure that we do not use too much or too little. I like that they are thorough in the details that they ask for and that we have to do this each time we visit for further supplies. This makes me feel confident that I am getting the most up to date information and dosage for our cat. A 6 pack of pipettes can be purchased for around £27.00 which saves around 65p per 3 months, however, as our cat has some problems with her weight I do not like to purchase 6 months just incase some go to waste.
These pipettes are incredibly simple to use. All I do is get my cat, give her a piece of ham or a treat then part the hair on the back of her neck and then pour this liquid on to her in two places a small distance apart. It is quite simple to open the pipettes, just snap the top off and it can be lightly squeezed to ensure that all of the liquid is released. This takes just a few seconds and my cat does not appear to even notice that I have used this on her.
Overall I would rate these 5/5. Since the fleas that she arrived with, and a small 'outbreak' a month or so later caused by using a second hand scratching post we have gone over a year with no fleas at all. Several of our friends had cats with fleas recently and despite noticing one on my clothing when at their house and not being able to find it again we have not had any outbreak at all and our cat stays healthy. I am confident that this works because I still brush and groom her every single day to remove all stray hairs and this is mainly done using a flea comb and then a standard cat grooming brush afterwards. I have not found any fleas on her at all and when she was the vet recently for a procedure they commented that I must be up to date with flea and worm treatments as she was in great condition.
I appreciate that the price of around £4.80 a month will seem expensive to some but on the occasion that she had fleas I spent about £40 on the two occasions to make sure that the flea situation was under control as quickly as possible and that the fleas were eradicated. I consider this to be wonderful value for money.
About two weeks ago, a very scruffy, sorry-looking, but affectionate, cat turned up in our back garden. After scurrying into the house and checking out the facilities, she decided it was a suitable hotel and adopted us as her new owners. She was in a very bad shape, with patches of fur missing, covered in scabs, and looked very underweight. We tried, and failed, to locate an owner, so we decided that rather than stress her out further by giving her to a rescue centre, she could stay at her new home (i.e. our sofa).
We took her to the vet, who said that she had been infested with lice, and probably worms too (not surprising considering she was drinking from the drain). They recommended Frontline to eliminate the flea problem, which was the cause of her bald patches and scabs. Many cats have an allergic reaction to the bites caused by ticks and fleas, and in this case it was causing her so much discomfort that she was tugging her own fur out and biting herself.
We bought a six-dose pack of Frontline for just under £18, which is quite pricey but is almost guaranteed to eliminate all fleas and lice from the cat's fur. The treatment is applied once per month, and is easy to use Each dose comes in its own pipette, and is applied to the back of the neck. In the case of our cat, she didn't even notice that we'd put it on her, although I have read on the net that some cats go ballistic when this stuff is used, so you my need a sturdy pair of gardening gloves if your cat has a mordacious streak!
The formula is strong, and pretty toxic to humans. After it has been put on your pet, it is advisable not to touch them for at least 24 hours. It is also fast-acting, as it should purge the animal of all skin-dwelling parasites within two to three hours.
It's also worth remembering that if the animal has fleas, that the parasites don't always live in the fur, and are more often found in the surrounding environment. It is well worth getting a household flea killing spray to treat any soft furnishing and furniture, and to wash any bedclothes and clothes at a high heat to kill off any eggs that may be in there.
Thankfully, Frontline seems to be working quite well. Her grooming has become less aggressive, and she doesn't pull her fur out now. She still scratches at the scabs, but we try to distract her with games and toys when she becomes too upset.
Hopefully Ragwort (so named because we found her in the weeds and it seemed to fit her scraggly appearance) will be totally free from parasites and the accompanying itchiness, and her fur will grow back to its former glory!
Animals no matter how big or small always encounter various sicknesses and one of the biggest problems for me is fleas. My first ever cat I got was from a very good breeder and yet when I got the cat home the cat was infested with fleas.
I tried the old route which was me going through the cat with a flea comb but it was too much hassle and to be honest it was a battle I was losing. I decided to venture to the vets and got some frontline which is this rather funny pipette.
This little item was shaped like a bottle yet it had a very small amount of fluid inside and this was meant to be placed on the neck and you are meant to put this pipette on the skin and the rub it in.
The pipette opens by breaking the top of the little container and it pours a small amount of fluid onto the neck which has a smell to it which is really quite strong and to be honest I think it is that strong to let you aware that you put it on them.
You then have to rub the liquid in and this apparently will go through the body and if a flea bites into the skin it kills them instantly. I waited a few days and it was funny how I was going the fur of my cat and found with the flea comb dead fleas appearing everywhere.
It was working and I noticed the hair on the back of the neck where I had put the liquid dried up within 24 hours and went back to normal and the product worked excellently.
There is a guideline from the vet was every 3 months but I apply this monthly and if I notice any scratching I sometimes try and see if it is fleas but since I began using frontline the odd flea gets away sadly and you cannot always kill them all.
I love how easy and yet simple this method is to help protect your cat from fleas so that is a huge advantage but not only that how many cats like tablets? Mine will scratch and scream the place down just opening the mouth and tablets are just a cruel way to administer the flea treatment.
The product does smell and the price is rather random I buy them in a pack of six because it works out cheaper at around £20 and I know for my own piece of mind it helps protect me and the cat. The fleas if they bite me I am brought out in a huge rash and if it kills them to protect me great.
The cat well he is happy and the only time he scratches is when a stray one gets past. I have seen other brands on the market but they do nothing like this product does and I have seen great results and that is all you need to give you confidence to continue using them.
The thought of flea control is not pleasant, but it is one of the most important aspects for me of managing my cats health to keep our home running harmoniously.
I come from a background of dog ownership in my parents home, and those dogs were short haired and had never had problems with fleas unless they came into contact with another dog or a hedgehog. My mum would treat them with a flea shampoo and that would be the end of it.
The first pets of my own were two kittens bought together in 2005. When i went ot get them, my sister came with me, and pointed out that they had fleas on them. I treated them when we came home with a tablet and groomed them in one place putting the fleas in soapy water to kill them. Once my cats were established in my home and free to go in and out, i realised that they liked to wander, and flea treatment was therefore going to be essential. I looked for a quick solution without much thought, and went with some Bob Martin flea collars. This seemed to work for a while, and we were happy.
The summer of 2007 was really wet, and we had really bad flooding in Yorkshire. We had a holiday booked, so we dropped the cats off at the cattery, and when we came back all seemed normal. I was busy trying to sort washing out from the holiday, and entertaining my 8 month old baby. He was rolling on the floor, and i kept finding bugs in his hair. I didn't twig we had a problem until i thought i killed a bug, and then it jumped, and something made me look at the cat who was lousy. I gave the cats each a tablet and put them outside where you could literally see the bugs deserting the cats. They were jumping off everywhere.
We then had two big problems. Debugging the downstairs of the house, and then finding a better way to treat the cats so that it would not be a problem again. After having a good chat with the people who worked at the pet shop, they recommended the frontline brand.
The first thing that appealed to me was the method of application. One pipette of the frontline treatment is needed per cat. It is stored in a sealed pack. Once you break into the pack, you tip the pipette to make sure all of the treatment is free of air bubbles and pointing down. I then break the neck of the pipette, and then apply half of the pipette to the back of the cats neck where a collar would sit, and then the other half goes about an inch further down the back. It needs to be here so that the cat cannot lick it off.
This quickly soaks into the cats skin, and causes no irritation to them. I mostly do it as they are concentrating on eating, and other than a little flinch when i hold them, they pay little attention to it and carry on with what they are doing.
This method is so much easier than trying to put a collar on or get a tablet down the neck of the cat which then gets spit out or you are not sure they swallowed. Cats are crafty and can sit there for ages and then still spit it out.
Now, frontline is not the cheapest method of flea control as it needs to be applied to the cat every month, but i have found that it is very effective. Since our outbreak in 2007, we have never had any outbreaks of fleas.
The other thing that frontline is said to help prevent is ticks. Now, i cannot vouch for this part one hundred percent. I have found one of our cats that stays at home had one tick. Our other cat that goes further afield gets at least one tick every year.
I don't know how many ticks that they would have had if we didn't use frontline, but i am guessing it would be a lot with my boy Ginger. He likes the open fields we have at the back. We mostly find that we get the ticks occuring in April/May when the weather first gets warm. I think this might be down to us, as i tend to leave it a little longer between treatments in the winter months. More like 6-8 weeks between treatments. When i do see ticks, i then go back to once a month treatments.
Ticks are nastly little things that attach to the cat in a vulnerable spot (usually round the ears) and then they bite in releasing an anaesthetic chemical which numbs the cat so they can suck the cats blood. The first you may know about it is your cat appears a bit dopey/flu like, or you see a green/grey lump on him and wonder what it is. The tick needs to be pulled out with a special tool or tweezers. It is really hard to get out as you need to pull it out whole otherwise the head can break off and cause an infection in your cat.
As well as being a nuisance, fleas cause nasty bites to humans and cats, and the cat can infect their skin when they scratch. The frontline can also protect against ticks, which can cause more serious illness in the cat and need vet treatment. Prevention is always better than cure in my opinion, and i would rather pay for a decent remedy that works and save on costly and unnecessary vet treatment.
I try and lower the cost by buying my flea treatment in bulk online. My favourite web site for this is www.vetuk.co.uk. I have recently noticed Amazon also sell it fairly cheaply. Alternatively, it can be bought at pets at home, or from your local pet shop, or sometimes in chemists.
Thanks for reading. I hope it may be of some use to you.
I have three dogs who are constantly out in the countryside getting into all kinds of area. For this reason it is so important to have a brilliant flea treatment. Foxes and rabbits carry so many fleas what it is so easy for the dogs to pick up a little blood sucker when out getting into trouble!
I have always used Frontline since it first came out in the UK and have never had a problem with fleas.
Application is a small pipette placed directly on the skin. The pitette is made of plastic and the end is easily opened by just snapping the end off and then just a matter of parting the hair and squeezing the liquid out onto the skin. It is useful to part the hair in a few places to put the liquid on as it sometimes runs down the hair. Behind the shoulders is the best place as the dog can not lick it off.
My dogs swim about 3 times a week but they are still protected by the frontline and it does not get washed off.
Tick prtection is very good too and even after walking through sheep fields they still ahve not picked up ticks either.
The pipettes come in sizes accorrding to the weight of the dog and it is cheaper to get packs of 6 instead of packs of 3.
It is also a good idea to source this on the internet instead of from the vets, it does not need a perscription so can be bought from any pet store.
Sometimes I look wistfully at those sleek, intelligent and affectionate felines in the TV cat adverts and wish we had one like that - but then our grumpy old cat pads indoors and realise we would not swap her for the world!
A few years ago, during one of her regular health checks at the vet's, we were informed that she had fleas. Ugh - I hate the thought of sharing our home with these nasty little bests along with their eggs - nasty! We were prescribed Frontline which cost around £15 for 6 phials which are said to protect cats for up to 30 weeks. I noticed recently that LLoyds chemist have started to sell pet medicines so I will look out for this (or something similar) next time I go as it is quite pricey.
Luckily there is a good leaflet in the box which provides clear instructions on how to use each phial - good job - otherwise I would have used them as suppositories.
Basically all you do is remove one the tapered phials ensuring all the liquid has settled at the tip, then part the animal's fur, snap off the end of the phial and allow the liquid to drop onto the back of the neck. I am guessing that this are for a cat or dog is probably one of the hardest to reach with tongues or paws so is more likely to work most effectively.
This proved easy to use and I don't think that Fuzz even noticed she had it on. There was noi waste and we could not detect any smell. I watched her in the garden for a while and she behaved as normal so no worries there.
What we did notice though, within a few hours, was that thankfully the scratching had stopped and she seemed a lot more active. Phew - relief (to us all!). We have since used this as the weather gets warmer because it seems to protect her from any future infestations.
Each pipette contains 0.5ml of the magic potion and it ells me on the box that it is effective against ticks and lice as well as fleas. Our box has a picture of a cat on the front so presumably cannot be confused with the Frontline for dogs.
As it is so easy to use, effective and there is no smell I would really like to award 5 stars but I do think it is very expensive so am deducting 1 star because of the price.
Our puppy is just six months old, and we purchased him when he was 12 weeks. He had all his injections but he was kept in a family home with two other dogs. Poor Jack, our Jack Russell (original eh?) was a bit too boisterous for the family to cope with, and so in his short life, he's already had three homes.
When we brought Jack home but he was scratching madly. Our first port of call the next morning was to call at the Vets to get him wormed and de-flea-ed. (sp?)
The Vet recommended the use of Frontline Spot-On as it eliminates fleas, ticks and biting lice. This is available in different strengths for different sized dogs and dogs. I've even heard of it being used by rabbits. One to look into though, if you do have a rabbit - take it to the vets and double check before self dosing.
What you receive is a sealed pipette which contains a clear solution, and you simply snap back the tip of the pipette, part the hair at the back of the neck, between the shoulder blades, and the contents to the skin area.
There is a warning on the packet to wash your hands after use as this product can cause irritation to the mucous membranes, and skin and eye irritation. It's not worth the risk of anything happening, so please do adhere to this advice.
There are other precautions to take listed on the packet, such as making sure your pet cannot lick the solution off, and that other animals, if you are a multi pet household, des not either!
You should not bathe your pet within two days after application, or more often than once a week, as the effectiveness of the flea treatment will wear off. Dogs should also not be allowed to swim in rivers/streams during the first two days after application.
How this works is by eliminating the fleas, ticks and lice and also killing the eggs/larvae at the pupae stage of their life cycle. This prevents re-infestation for the whole eight weeks the application lasts.
Fleas often infest the animals bedding, carpets and soft furnishings in the area where the animal roams. These areas should also be treated when you apply the first application. For successive applications this is not needed, as if you have adhered to all the instructions, there shouldn't be any fleas to treat.
Like aforementioned, I bought three applications worth from the Vets, but Boots the chemist also sell it now (it only used to be available on prescription from a vet). Having used Frontline on my previous dog (in the photo) I know you can purchase this from Pet Meds on the internet for a much lower price. Guess where I'm buying the next lot from? Speedy delivery too!
All in all - this is a wonderful product which makes my pet's life more comfortable (who wants to itch like crazy?) and my home more hygienic and free from pests.
After taking the cats for their yearly check up, the vet found that a couple of them had a few fleas on them. As well as giving them an injection to prevent worms, he recommended that we use Frontline Flea Control on them.
Unfortunately I'm not sure how much it cost as I was just given a total bill; however I was happy to take the vets' recommendation, particularly as I live in a shared house and didn't want everyone to end up suffering from them! I would recommend getting some kind of professional advice if you haven't used it before, as it does come in different strengths and can be used on dogs as well, so you need to make sure you have the right dose.
In a box we got 6 pipettes, and as you only need 1 per animal, we still have half the pack left. We've only needed to use it once with it being the end of 'flea season', but if you follow the instructions then you could use it as a six month supply if you need it.
Frontline claims to get rid of 100% of fleas, which I'm more than happy with. I expected it to be in tablet form, but you actually have to squeeze it onto your pet's neck via a small pipette. You tilt the pipette, snap the end off and then it's ready to use. Make sure you part the fur carefully beforehand, and apply it at the back of the neck. I don't know if there are particular medical benefits for applying it there, but I assume it's so that your pet can't lick it off easily (if at all).
I expected the cats to be extremely stressed about the application, but they didn't seem to care or react at all, so I'm guessing the liquid wasn't uncomfortable, cold or painful in any way. After applying the fur at the back of the neck will be damp (and with one of our cats, made the fur look greasy), and you shouldn't give them any other flea treatments. They won't need them anyway.
Luckily as our cats didn't have many fleas one application of Frontline killed them off straight away. I did take the extra step of washing the blankets and bedding that they sleep on (for both pet and human benefit really!).
I was impressed with how easy the treatment was to apply and how quickly it seemed to work. It's not cheap but as it did the job so effectively and a proper outbreak of fleas would have cost me more time and money, I can only give Frontline Flea Control 5 stars. Having said that, I would be extremely cautious in using it on your pet for the first time without vet advice/instructions, particularly if your pet is young or ill.