A dog may be man’s best friend and a cat may be our best companion, but truth be told they are very different from us. Not only do these pets require different food and habitat then we do, but they also need different care. With the amount of love and energy you invest in your dear dog or cat, you also need to completely understand everything about flea and tick control. Your pet is lucky to live in an era where varieties of products are available, which will help you get rid of pesky pests. For dogs above the age of 8 weeks, one name that stands out amongst all the others is Frontline Plus Purple, which is manufactured by Merial.
We all would like to give our pet a hug without worrying about creepy crawlies jumping on us. At the same time, we need to take the best preventive measures against fleas, ticks and biting lice for our pet’s health. Here is how we can take care of both. Frontline Plus Purple contains ingredients like (S)-methoprene, an insect growth regulator and Fipronil, an insecticide which destroys the central nervous system of the pests.
Applying this product is simple. All you have to do is apply the solution through the applicator directly on a part of the animal’s body. Make sure there is direct contact with the skin, preferably between the shoulder blades, and not only the fur. It will spread across the body without the need for manual application. Your pet might endure slight discomfort or skin irritation at first but this should go away right away. In case it does not, contact your veterinarian immediately. The treatment is highly effective and within 48 hours the fleas or other pests will disappear and you can repeat this application once every month.
If you want to continue your treatment, owners can choose from three different durations. These packs are available for 3, 6 and 12 month supplies. The longer you use it, the more effectively you can eliminate the fleas, ticks and their eggs. In the same way, the bigger your dog, the more treatment he or she will probably need. Medium sized dogs should ideally use Frontline Plus Purple 6 month, which comes with 6 applicators, while Frontline Plus Purple 12 month comes with 12 and is more suitable for bigger dogs, although you will still need to select the correct product option by the weight of our pet as detailed below.
Since you cannot use the same product on dogs as on cats, both Frontline Plus Purple for Dogs and Frontline Plus Purple for Cats are available. The difference between the two is basically in the dosage. The brand keeps in mind the size and body differences of the two animals. While there is only one kind of Frontline Plus for cats, dog owners can avail different applicators for pups up to 22 pounds, dogs weighing 23-44 pounds, 45-88 pounds and 89-132 pounds.
The pros of Frontline outweigh the cons. For starters, it is waterproof, so there is no fear of the product wearing off. However, there is always the chance that your cat or dog might lick their fur or hair. In addition, it is not soap proof so you have to invest in compatible shampoos that will not effect the application. If ever you feel the treatment has not been effective enough, it is better to give more frequent doses then bigger ones.
Take your pets health into your hands and help them have a pest free existence. If left untreated, fleas and ticks can suck too much blood out of your poor cat or dog’s body. Over a period of time, this can result in a variety of sicknesses and even death. Since Frontline is an over the counter (OTC) drug, walk into any vets office or pet store and expect to find it. Ideally, you should take some time out and do some proper research before you can make an accurate decision for your dog or cat.