Many would agree that getting infested with fleas and ticks is the worst thing that could happen to a pet. They thrive by sucking the blood out of our furry friends and cause infections and other diseases like Lyme disease, babesiosis and ehrlichia.
If your dog is also suffering from a bad case of fleas, then applying Frontline may be an option you would be considering. If that’s that case, then here we are again with some information that can help you make the choice.
How Does Frontline Work?
Frontline Plus, the advanced product available in the market, contains fipronil and methoprene. Fipronil is a strong insecticide which when applied to a pet spreads in its body through the natural oil. Once you spray it on your dog or cat, it settles down in their hair follicles where it stays and releases continuously to keep killing the fleas. Even if the fleas do not bite your furry friend, the chemical still kills them. It targets the nervous system of the blood-sucking pests, paralyzing and eventually killing them.
Methoprene, another chemical present in Frontline is an insect growth regulator. It kills the larvae and eggs of ticks and fleas that are left behind by fipronil. These prevent eggs, larva and pupa from reaching the next stage of development.
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What’s More To Know About Frontline?
If you have applied Frontline to your pet, you may be noticing more fleas or ticks than you did before. Let us assure you that there is nothing to worry about and the chemical is not helping the insects grow. As the fleas die, they rise to the top of your pet’s hair coat. Therefore, the ticks and fleas you are seeing are the only one’s that stayed below the coat of hair.
The manufacturers of the chemical also claim that it remains active for a whopping 30 days. So, once you have sprayed your pet, the chemical will keep working and killing pests for the next 30 days or till all the ticks and fleas are dead. It does not even wash away when you bathe your pet, or it goes swimming. However, there is one thing you need to make sure of which is that you have to keep your dog from getting soaked for the next 24 hours after your spray him.
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How To Know If Your Dog Has Ticks?
Besides for physical examination, there are a number of factors that can help you determine if your pet has ticks. The common symptoms of tick-borne diseases include aches and pains, fatigue, fever, and swollen joints and lymph nodes. Ticks has also lead to several severe conditions, such as decreased white blood cells and platelets in the blood and Lyme nephritis.
Therefore, we recommend that you pay good attention to the health of your pet and make sure he gets all the needed care. Before you go off to playing with your furry pal, tell us what you think about the post through your comments. Also, share with us what you think is the most effective way of getting rid of ticks and fleas.
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