Should you use Frontline Flea Medicine?
Frontline is a great tool for killing fleas. If you want to make sure they're dead, you need a name brand - there are several good, high quality brands, and Frontline is one of them. Some of the junkier flea medicines don't really do anything - Frontline is reputable, and you can be sure you're getting a good product. You can also be sure about your pet's safety, which is one of the most important parts about getting flea medicine. You'll have to talk to your vet, of course, but it's generally better to go with a well established brand, and this is plainly one of them.
Some people try to do flea control on a budget - often, the fleas just won't die. You need to make your decision based on how bad your problem is - some pets will only get a few fleas, and you may not be that worried about it. If your house is infested with fleas, you'll want to get something more effective - Frontline usually fits the bill, because it generally has a higher rate of killing fleas than most other products. At some point, it's just not going to work to rely on home remedies or other methods - you'll have to have something to actually kill the fleas. It's really about weighing health risks - some small percentage of pets do get sick from using flea medicines (there can be allergic reactions, etc.). On balance, the risk of fleas is higher - if you've got a full-blown infestation, your pet can get allergic skin conditions from the fleas, worms, or a variety of other diseases such as anemia that can be fatal. Talk to your vet about it if you're worried, because they can monitor your pet and reduce the overall risk by catching any problems with the medicine early on.
Frontline is the best-selling flea medicine, which may just say something about their marketing, but it also gives you the assurance that you aren't buying something from a fly-by-night place that hasn't really tested it. A lot of the brands that you see in pet stores are cheaper, but they are much lower in quality.
You should, however, compare other flea medicines to it first. There is a basic description of all the major brands on this site at the Flea Control Tipsheet page. Some of them have features Frontline doesn't - K-9 Advantix, for example, probably is more effective at killing ticks. Other medicines are better for pets that are already having an allergic reaction to the fleas. Just be informed - the major brands all are very safe, but you have to know what you're buying, apply it properly, and watch your pet in case there is an allergic reaction.
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.
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