Is Frontline good if you've got both flea and tick issues?
Frontline is somewhat rare among the major brands of flea control products because it is designed to get at both fleas and ticks. For animals who go outside frequently, you may want this extra protection - most products are primarily designed to go after fleas alone, and while they may have an indirect effect on ticks, they don't do much to them. However, ticks can be just as big of a problem - they are carriers of lyme disease and cause many other nasty health problems.
You should check out Frontline's products if you're considering getting something to get rid of your pet's fleas and you want something to deal with ticks as well. Frontline makes a very good line of products - they get great recommendations from most vets, and you can ask your specific vet whether they have any recommendations or problems with it. They are overall the best-selling brand.
The flea and tick products come in several forms - sprays, drops, and pills. These are especially beneficial for dogs, who basically have to go outside once a day into the yard. They are at the greatest risk of ticks, and you want to avoid that - lyme disease affects humans as well, and you really don't want them in your house. The one thing you need to keep in mind is that Frontline is not as effective against ticks as against fleas - you may need to use something else in addition to it if you've got a very serious tick problem. It can kill quite a few of them - about half or so. That's probably enough if your pet is wandering around in an area that has some ticks but isn't infested. However, if you've got a dog and you're in a tick-infested area, you might want K-9 Advantix instead, as it is a bit more effective at killing ticks.
Also keep in mind that you do have to stick to the monthly application schedule with Frontline if you want it to keep killing ticks. It is great for fleas in that you can usually go longer without re-applying it - but its ability to kill ticks will wear off more quickly.
Dosing Information: As with any flea control product, you need to weigh your pet first to figure out which version of Frontline to buy, because they are sold according to pet weight. The categories for dogs are: under 22 pounds, 23-44 pounds, 45-88 pounds, and 89-132 pounds. For cats, there isn't much weight variation and so there is only one product version for you to worry about.
Frontline Flea and Tick - Information on using Frontline for tick control purposes.
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