When should I start treating my pets with FRONTLINE®?
Immediately; regular treatment with FRONTLINE® Plus (monthly) or FRONTLINE® Spray (monthly) is all that is needed for on-going flea control. Begin treatment well before the flea season and continue right through the year to prevent fleas becoming a problem on your pet. Puppies and kittens can be treated with FRONTLINE® Spray from their day of birth, or from 8 weeks of age with FRONTLINE® Plus.
How long does FRONTLINE® take to work?
FRONTLINE® kills fleas within 24 hours and ticks within 48 hours. FRONTLINE® must first spread in the oils of the skin, over the pet's body. This process, called translocation, occurs in about 24 hours, (translocation can be delayed in pets with very dry skin or limited mobility, such as caged animals). Once fleas and ticks come in contact with FRONTLINE® they are killed within 24 to 48 hours.
Should I re-apply FRONTLINE® if I see more fleas on my pet soon after application?
No. FRONTLINE® only needs to be applied monthly. If you see fleas or ticks on your treated pet, these have most likely come from your pet's environment and will soon be killed by FRONTLINE®.
Since FRONTLINE® is so effective against fleas and ticks, is it gentle enough for my pet?
FRONTLINE® products have been extensively tested and shown to be well tolerated by dogs and cats even at five times the recommended maximum rate on the label. FRONTLINE® is used with confidence on millions of cats, dogs, puppies and kittens worldwide.
My pet likes to go swimming. Will FRONTLINE® still be effective?
Many dogs love to go swimming given the opportunity. As FRONTLINE® is stored in the oil glands of the skin, regular swimming will not reduce the performance of FRONTLINE® against fleas or ticks, provided the animal is not exposed to bathing or shampooing 3 days before or after the application (this allows the process of translocation to be completed). So your pet can enjoy the great outdoors just as much as you do!
Why should I buy FRONTLINE® Plus instead of other tick and flea control products?
Here's why! FRONTLINE® Plus:
- Is effective against ticks (adult and immature)
- Is effective against fleas (adult and immature)
- Aids in the control of sarcoptic mange
- Is approved for use on dogs and cats of all ages (from 8 weeks of age and upwards... for dogs a day old up to that point, use Frontline Spray®)
- Is gentle enough to be used on breeding, pregnant and lactating cats and dogs
- Is waterfast (don't bath within 3 days of application)
For all these reasons, there's only one name you need to remember when treating all your beloved cats and dogs: FRONTLINE® Plus!
Should I keep up regular treatment with FRONTLINE® Plus?
Yes. FRONTLINE® Plus contains two active ingredients: Fipronil works by interfering with the nerve cells of adult fleas, resulting in the fleas becoming disorientated and hyperactive before they die. (S)-methoprene, on the other hand, interferes with egg production and hatching of fleas, as well as inhibiting larval development. It's what we call an Insect Growth Regulator. Consequently, no more pupae are produced. Simply put, regular use of FRONTLINE® Plus effectively breaks the flea life cycle, and keeps it broken. Our reasoning behind saying treatment should be monthly is this: a single breeding pair of fleas may produce... wait for it... 20 000 (twenty thousand) fleas over a three month period! Flea eggs hatch after 2 to 12 days into larvae, which in turn moult twice within a period of 2 to 200 days. The older larvae spin a cocoon in which they remain for anything from one week to ONE YEAR! Monthly treatment is therefore recommended in order to deal with continually hatching fleas over the extended window period.
Another aspect that pet lovers seem to forget about, is the fact that some environments are particularly challenging when it comes to pest control. Here were referring to having several pets in the same household, the introduction of other people's pets into your pet's environment, flea eggs in your lovely plush carpet, and so on.
What are the secondary problems controlled through successful tick and flea control?
Flea Allergy Dermatitis (FAD)
Tapeworm (a zoonosis, meaning this parasite is transferable to people)
Other zoonoses, including - Haemobartonellosis, Tick-borne viral encephalitis (overseas), Cat Scratch Disease (this disease is carried by the cat flea - the common flea species afflicting our dogs and cats), Hepatozoonosis, Chlamydiosis and Roundworms.