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Frontline and Frontline Plus - How to Choose Frontline Medication for Your Dog

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How to win the war against fleas and ticks? Frontline. Fleas and ticks have plagued both humans and dogs throughout recorded history—and no doubt long before. Your dog's chance of getting fleas or ticks depends a lot on where you live. But because these parasites can carry diseases that are dangerous to both you, and your pet—such as Lyme Disease, and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever--a flea and tick treatment is advisable nearly everywhere dogs and people roam.

Frontline Spray, Frontline Plus, and Frontline Top Spot are safe and effective flea and tick treatments/preventives in dogs. These products all contain the active ingredient Fipronil, which kills adult fleas and ticks by attacking their nervous system. While both Frontline Spray and Frontline Top Spot kill up to 98% of adult fleas and ticks, Frontline Plus also kills fleas and ticks in the egg and larval stages, thus preventing the development of new fleas.

All products are used externally. The Frontline spray is fast and easy to use on existing flea and ticks on dogs. It is often used as a quick fix. It is ideal for multiple pet households as one bottle can treat multiple pets of different sizes. The Frontline spray kills up to 100% of flea in 24 hours or less. It can continue killing fleas for an additional month. Frontline Top Spot works the same the Frontline Spray but is packaged for a once monthly topical application.

Both Frontline Plus and Frontline Top Spot are both used externally, where they collect in the oils of the skin and hair follicles, without entering your dog's bloodstream. The medications spread over the dog's body in about 24 hours, offering some 30 days of flea and tick protection. Frontline Plus and Frontline Top Spot are each waterproof, though you are advised not to shampoo your dog within 24 hours of application. You purchase these products based on your pet's weight. For example, it comes in 3-dose or 6-dose packaged for cats and kittens, dogs up to 22 pounds, dogs 23 – 44 pounds, dogs 45 – 88 pounds and dogs 89 – 132 pounds. This is a great and convenient product.

Some Frontline Features to Consider

Choosing either Frontline Spray, Frontline Plus or Frontline Top Spot is a matter of consultation with your veterinarian. Sometimes, your vet may feel the choice is simply a matter of personal preference, or a matter of cost. Always consult with your veterinarian before purchasing or using, Frontline Spray, Frontline Plus, Frontline Top Spot, or any other dog medication.

Features that make Frontline Spray so attractive is it can be used on pets of different sizes without having to purchase specific sizes of medications. It is dosed like this – you use approximately 1 to 2 pumps of spray per pound weight of your pet.

Features that make Frontline Plus and Frontline Top Spot so popular to use include easy application. The medications are dispensed from a one-use-only dropper, directly onto the dog's skin. You'll want to part the fur to reveal the skin beneath. One application kills fleas and ticks for up to 30 days. However, you should always check the packaging to be sure the Frontline Plus or Frontline Top Spot you are using is designed for the weight of your dog. Frontline Plus and Frontline Top Spot are not recommended for dogs under eight weeks of age, or for dogs who are ill, or in age-related decline.

Frontline Plus and Frontline Top Spot Are Ideal Choices

Ask your vet about the different capabilities, uses, and costs of Frontline Spray, Frontline Plus and Frontline Top Spot. All products are proven effective at killing fleas and ticks. Both Frontline Plus and Frontline Top Spot are easy to apply, waterproof, and offer 30 days of protection. Since they are not ingested, they are not a danger to your pet if they are used as directed. And given that fleas and ticks can carry diseases harmful to you, as well as your pet, using Frontline Plus or Frontline Top Spot isn't just a way of caring for your dog; it's a way of caring for your whole family.

Frontline Safety Tips

Always read label instructions before using Frontline Spray, Frontline Plus, Frontline Top Spot, or any other medications. Review the age and weight of your pet before applying. Never give dog medications to a cat, and vice-versa. Place Frontline Plus and Frontline Top Spot in places where your dog can't lick. And as always, keep these and other medications out of the hands of children.

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