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Frontline Plus (also referred to as Frontline Combo) is a convenient and effective medicinal product that is applied topically to keep fleas and ticks at bay, away from your pet dogs and puppies. It is used as a treatment and a preventative measure. The following are some features of it:
- It has a long-lasting effect, i.e., up to 30 days.
- It is approved for use in dogs weighing within the range of 24-44 lbs.
- Prescribed and trusted by veterinarians for nearly 20 years.
- Kills adult flea, flea eggs, and larvae
- Effective against all stages of brown dog tick, American dog tick, lone star tick, and deer ticks (transmitters of the Lyme Disease)
- Inhibits all flea stages from developing
- Stops and controls infestations
How does it work?
Frontline Plus for dogs 23-44 lbs. has two active ingredients Fipronil (9.8 %) and (S)-methoprene (8.8%). The former ingredient is a carcinogen and is thought to disrupt the neural receptors of insects. Its potency increases in sunlight, and even though it is not potentially harmful to mammalian neural receptors, it may pose some danger especially if ingested. On the other hand, (S)-methoprene acts as a growth regulator for insects, and inhibits the growth of their exoskeletons. This chemical substance is considered to be safe for human beings as it has not yet posed a potential threat.
Therefore, when applied, Frontline Plus kills all the fleas and ticks, providing protection to your dog or puppy. Furthermore, this special formulation gets stored in the oil glands of your pet and provides non-stop protection for exactly 30 days. Each dose is administered topically once for 30 days, i.e., a 6-dose supply lasts for 6 months.
Why is it necessary?
The product is essential to use as fleas and ticks often attack dogs, and can cause potentially harmful medical disorders. Especially, if you have a yard or take your dog out on a walk to a park regularly, you need to start using it before your pet falls prey to some flea and/or ticks. Fleas that are wingless jumping parasites leave itchy bites on the skin surface with each blood meal. These itchy bites can be extremely uncomfortable, and keep your pet up at nights. These itchy surfaces can also lead to other insect infestations or microbial diseases that might be potentially life-threatening. A large population of fleas can also cause anemia as they feed on blood. Furthermore, being parasites, they are also efficient carriers of many diseases.
Ticks, on the contrary, spread different diseases that vary from region to region. Some of the common diseases caused by them include Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, ehrlichiosis, tick paralysis, and the sometimes-fatal Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
Therefore, to ensure the well-being of your dog or pup, it is a necessity to get your pet checked regularly and use Frontline Combo.
Signs your dog might be having fleas and ticks
Some of the common signs to look out on to make sure your pet is not infested include:
- Itchy patches
- Unusual itching
- Disturbed sleeping schedule
- Signs and symptoms of allergies
- Weak hind legs
- Issues of breathing, chewing, and swallowing
It is important to note not all the signs seen have been listed here. For further queries, you may contact a veterinarian.
Side effects of Frontline Plus for Dog 23-44 lbs.
Side effects are the unwanted and undesirable effects of a product. Many medicinal products have side effects. However, they are still used and prescribed widely as these side effects do not tend to affect everyone using the products, and their certain advantages outweigh the uncertain side effects they may cause. Furthermore, the side effects caused are usually mild and do not pose a threat to life.
Frontline Plus for dogs 23-44 lbs. also has some side effects. It can affect both the dogs and humans. The common side effects experienced by the dog are as follows:
- Irritation around spots of application
It is important to note that other side effects that have not be listed here may also be experienced. These effects usually take place because of ingestion.
How to apply
To apply safely, you are advised to use the applicator given with the medicine. Remove the collar of your dog, and part your dog’s hair between the shoulder blades to apply the product. Keep the tip of the applicator just above the skin surface, and squeeze out the entire contents at one spot. Neither touch the treated area nor let your dog swim or bath until dry (takes approximately 24 hours). Reapply after 30 days.
Precautions to be taken
- If swallowed by mistake, seek medical help promptly by either calling a doctor or poison control center. Make your dog have a sip of water, and do not induce vomiting unless asked by a doctor to do so.
- Apply the product between the shoulder blades of a dog, or parts of his body where his tongue does not reach to prevent ingestion.
- If eyes or clothes get contaminated, wash and rinse thoroughly with clean water for up to 15-20 minutes. If irritation occurs, immediately seek medical advice.
- Do not use it on puppies less than 8 weeks old.
- Weigh your pet before buying this product as it isn’t suitable for dogs below or above the range of 23-44lbs.
- Wash your hands using water and soap after handling.
- Keep away from children and pets.
- Store it safely; away from moisture, extreme heat or open flame.
- Use it only once in 30 days.
- Ask a veterinarian before using Frontline Plus for dogs 23-44 lbs. if your pet is sick, or a female breeding or pregnant dog.
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