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Keeping your dog free from fleas and ticks is very important. Some dogs are allergic to flea bites and just one bite can cause so much irritation that the dog will chew itself raw in an attempt to stop the itching. Fleas can also transmit tapeworms to dogs so that effective control is crucial.
I used Frontline for several years and found it extremely effective on my retriever collie cross, however, when the dog was around ten or eleven years old I began to see signs that he was uncomfortable after I had administered Frontline. He reacted almost as if he'd been burned where it was applied and seemed unable to settle for several hours.
It was around this time that I also used Frontline on my border collie and she also seemed very uncomfortable. She was unusually quiet for a few hours and didn't seem very well. At first I didn't associate it with the flea treatment but the second time I used Frontline on her the symptoms were more obvious. Within a short time she became quite depressed and didn't want to move around much. She was still eating but she obviously wasn't feeling 100%. This time she was unwell for a couple of days.
I wasn't happy with Frontline, which had been prescribed by my vet and so I took the dogs in to the surgery. The vet was surprised but agreed that the dogs had suffered an unusual reaction. She suggested that I should perhaps try a Frontline external treatment but then decided against it.
I was quite disappointed as the treatment had been effective before but no both dogs were reacting to it. When I asked around I found a few other people whose animals reacted badly to Frontline and they had stopped using it.
I would love to write a glowing review of this product but in view of my experiences I would advise anyone who uses it to use it with care. If your animal shows any reaction to the product consult your vet. It may be that a different treatment is more appropriate.
I first used frontline last year to treat our springer spaniel as we had noticed a tick on her and wanted to protect her so that she did not get any more.
We bought it from a local ver shop and it certainly isnt cheap. I think it was about £20. When we read the info it advised us that needed to be reapplied every month, there were 3 months worth of treatment in the box.
I followed the instructions and applied the liquid to the dogs neck on the skin. I found it quite difficult to do but did eventually manage to do it. In the information it advised that any ticks that were on the dog should die and drop off and that the drops that had been applied would stop any future ticks from attaching.
If only! Our dog is a springer spaniel so spends most of her time in the woods and diving in and out of long grass so she is very prone to getting ticks which is why we paid to get the drops. I was really disappointed wiith the drops over the next few weeks we found numerous ticks on her which we had to remove, the drops just seemed to do nothing. Throughout the spring I kept applying the drops each month till we had used all the applications given in the box but I would definately not waste my money in future as they did nothing for us.
Ill definately be looking for an alternative this year I would not use this brand again.
When we got our new puppy the first thing we worried about was fleas as my daughter is two years old and I didnt want her around these nasty critters.
My daughter recommend Frontline and got it in the pharmacy where she works. We got it for free but this can be bought for small dogs in a pack of three for about 14 pounds on Amazon which is excellent value because as it is used once a month this dose should last you three months. The box looks very clinical and can be bought in pet shops and pharmacies.
The aim of this treatment is to stop infestation of fleas and ticks and can kill any that are already on your dog. It comes in a little tube like mini toothpaste and you must wear gloves when applying this to your dog. Also the dog must be left alone for some time afterwards so its best to do it whe the kids are gone to bed! The cream is placed between the shoulder blades of your dog and it works away by itself.
It is recommended for use on puppies when they are 10 weeks old. We have used this on our puppy and so far there has been no signs of fleas or ticks! You must keep up with applying this every month though.
It actually can kill eggs laid by fleas so if there is a chance your dog got fleas they will rid them completely. I have tried numerous things on my older dog in the past from shampoos to collars but nothing has been near as effective as this treatment.
I would recommend this to any dog owner because it works perfectly at preventing fleas and ticks in my experience. I would suggest you buy it online as you will need to use it every month and there are better deals online than at your vets or pharmacies.
This product also comes in many different forms - making it also available for cats and dogs of other sizes. We use the product brand on our two cats and one dog, and it works. All of our three animals regularly get ticks particually, and still do as the product DOES NOT stop them attaching themselves to your pet. Instead, once attached the product attacks the tick making it fall off quicker (mostly within 2-3 days). This is fine, just the first couple of times when we used it we thought it would stop the tick becoming attached in the first place - an incorrect assumption.
However, against fleas particually the product works wonders, neither my cats or dogs ever have had fleas since I began tp use Frontline, and I continue to do so. It is more expensive than most varities of tick and flea treatment, but do not let this put you off if you want something that works wonders. Also I think it is only available at vets, although I might be wrong, often making it more expensive still. However, at my local vets they do have offers on 4 for the price of 3 so it is wise to stock up when there are these kind of offers.
When I first got my dog my vet used to give me a tablet flea treatment / preventative. I cant remember what it was called, I know it was a leading vets one but still the name escapes me. Well what fun I had with it every two months! I literally had to chase my dog around to get her to take the tablet! So was pleased when I moved house and moved vets and they recommended Frontline.
I buy them in packs of 6 or 3 - depending on cash flow as they are fairly costly coming in at £25 for 3 from my vets. They come in a 0.67 ml pipette for small dogs weighing from 2kg up to 10kgs and I have seen they get bigger for medium and large dog breeds. The pipette is blue and shaped like a triangle with a long neck, bottle type shape. You pull away the front covering then take out the pipette and snap the top back and place onto your dogs neck between its shoulder blades directly onto the skin.
It is very easy to use and causes no discomfort or hassle to your dog. Just leave the dog until its dry - usually I wont go near her for an hour to give it plenty of time to dry and don't let her on furniture during that time either.
In the box you get an information sheet about Frontline and two sticker sheets with the month written on small stickers and some larger stickers which I pop onto my calender, the smaller ones go into my diary.
On the box it states it kills 98-100% of fleas within 24 hours for approx 2 months. Kills ticks within 48 hours for up to 1 month and fully controls infestation of lice within 48 hours.
I use this on my dog every 6 weeks just to be sure she is always protected. It is a costly thing but I would not want to have to deal with fleas or anything like it!!
I have experienced no problems with anything using Frontline and will continue to use it. The only additional thing I use for my dog is Drontal wormer as the vets advised me I need both to fully protect my dog
Monthly flea treatment suitable for dogs between 45 and 88lb.