Product Type: Frontline dog accessories
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Effective But Expensive
Frontline Spot On Flea Drops
Member Name: -michelle-
Frontline Spot On Flea Drops
Advantages: A good flea control treatment
Kills 98-100% of fleas within 24 hours for approximately 2 months
Kills ticks within 48 hours for up to a month, minimizing the risk of disease transmission.
Fully controls infestations of lice within 48 hours.
Use as part of a strategy for the treatment of Flea Allergy Dermatitis (FAD) where this has been previously diagnosed by a veterinary surgeon.
Non systemic Spot On, acts on contact not via your pet's blood.
Effective even after bathing from 48 hours after treatment.
~Frontline Spot On Dog~
I first became aware of this product when I took Red for his first puppy jabs at the vets. I was told it is the most effective flea control I could get, when I saw the price of it, I thought to myself it had better be effective for that price £15.41 is what I pay for a box of 3 pipettes, which if I was using for just one dog, would last 6 months as each pipette is applied every other month, this gives full protection against fleas ticks and biting lice. But as I have 2 dogs these only give me 3 months worth of protection. Inside the box along with the 3 pipettes I get a sheet of little pipette stickers, one for each month of the year, these are for me to put on my calendar so I don't forget when the next flea treatment is due. I like this idea as I usually stick one on for each month then write which dog it is for underneath it, it keeps me organized as far as their flea treatment goes.
Each pipette within the small dog pack of Frontline Spot On Dog 2 to 10 kg, contains 0.67 mg of fipronil
The bigger the dog the more fiprinol obviously, I get the smallest size but there are four different packs for bigger dogs available, but they do get quite expensive, I think the ones I buy are expensive and I get the smallest size.
~How to use~
The pipettes are made of blue plastic, triangular in shape with a long thin neck, the contents of the pipette should be applied to the back of the dogs neck, directly onto the skin. To apply I simply snap the top off the tip of the thin neck of the pipette and gently squeeze, whilst parting the fur on the neck, to enable me to reach the skin directly. If the product does get onto the fur, it's no big hassle it just means the fur is a little sticky, but it is best to try and make sure all the contents of the pipette goes on to the dogs skin. It starts to work and is effective straight away. After use remember to wash your hands.
~Please take care~
Now this may all seem like a very quick and simple process and for the most part it is, very clean and quick exactly how I like it to be. But there was an occasion when it wasn't so quick and easy for me to apply this frontline spot on dog. When it comes to wanting Red to sit still, it can be quite hard work, I usually wait now until he is settled on my lap before attempting to apply it. Anyway this one time I was about to apply the product to Red, I snapped off the end of the pipette, maybe just a little to close to my face and the product splashed from the pipette straight into my eye. Needless to say the air was blue right at that moment. It stung like hell and burned, I couldn't open my eye and all I could think about was that I was going to be blinded in that eye. I can't really explain how much it really hurt, but after what seemed like forever I was able to open my eye and I washed it out best I could with an eye bath filled with cool water. My eye was very red and sore for the rest of the night, but by the next day it had settled down and it was ok.
The reason I've decided to tell you about this is because I wanted to let you know just how dangerous this product can be, I was lucky but it could quite easily have been a lot worse than it was. Please take care when snapping the end off the pipette, even if you snap the top off at arms length.
~Does it work~
Apart from that one time I have had no problem at all when using these pipettes, I apply a pipette to the dogs on alternate months so I'm not having to do them both at the same time, this works quite well for me, I only have to buy a box every 3 months. I do think it is quite expensive though and I'm not all together convinced it works that well on Pippa, my older dog. On 2 occasions she has had a tick, but I noticed the time she got them were after we had been away and took the dogs with us, she never gets them at home. The first time she got one I had no idea what it was, because they start off so small they can't be seen, but as they attach themselves to the dogs skin, they begin to suck the blood and grow from there, when I first spotted the tick it looked like a small lump of blu tac was stuck in her ear. I took her to the vet to get it removed, which cost a fortune. The second time she got one, I had learned what to do in order to remove it myself. By apply Vaseline around the tick, this stops the tick from being able to breath and so it ends up dying, I applied the Vaseline a few times before I used an old pair of tweezers to pull it out of her skin. Much cheaper way than taking her to the vet.
But this still doesn't alter the fact, she still got the ticks in the first place, while I was using the Frontline spot on dog treatment. For the price I pay for this treatment, I would have hoped it would have been more effective. But apparently some dogs blood is more attractive to ticks than others. Red has never had a tick or indeed fleas or lice. So I do continue to use it because I feel it does a good job on Red and for the most part works for Pippa as well.
Neither of my dogs have suffered any adverse effects from using this product, and none of them have suffered from any skin irritations because of it.
It is advisable to read the enclosed instruction sheet before using this treatment on your pet for the first time. The product should not be stored above 30 degrees, they should be stored in a cool dry place. Only to be used on animals and should most definitely be kept out of the reach of children.
I buy my Frontline Spot on Dog from Manor Pharmacy and I pay £15.51 for 3 pipettes. I think it's quite expensive and if I could find a cheaper alternative that was guaranteed to work as well as this does, I think I would give it a try,
4 Stars for these Frontline Spot on Dog pipettes as the price knocks a star off as far as I'm concerned.
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Summary: One of the best flea control treatments around
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