Frontline Flea Spray
This page provides a specific review of Frontline's spray, a tool for getting rid of fleas before the flea season even starts. You can mist up your pets, and you can generally use it on younger animals. It's an overall good product to have in your flea control arsenal, and you'll want to consider it as a way to get rid of fleas on your dog or cat.
Among the= products Merial makes is Frontline Spray. This is basically a spray bottle that you can shoot mist around your pet with - you won't want to get it into the pet's eyes, because dogs and cats, like people, are sensitive here. Avoid the head entirely. This spray spray is pretty effective - it kills about 98%-99% of the adult fleas, which are the ones that will cause you the most problems in terms of biting. It also lasts for about a month, and it's generally waterproof - most of the spray will get absorbed, so if you have a dog or cat that goes outside, it will be useful. You can start using it when your dog or cat is 8 weeks old, which is on the low end.
The main reasons to get this spray, available online here, are that:
2) it doesn't have as many chemicals as a lot of the other sprays
3) it can be used on areas where your pet sleeps or the yard or wherever you think fleas may be concentrated - not just on your pet.
1) While it kills a lot of fleas, it's mainly oriented towards killing adults. That's great, but you won't permanently end your problem that way. Fleas are notoriously difficult to get rid of because they lay eggs all over the place and their larva will latch on to carpet fibers and hide. A spray alone may not get rid of the infestation.
2) It actually might end up leading to more exposure to chemicals for your family than a medicine that the pet's skin absorbs would cause. If you're worried about that, remember that with a spray you are going to be directly in contact with it. With a medicine, it is usually absorbed under the pet's skin.
Sources and Other Links:
http://frontline.us.merial.com/home/ - Official Home Page
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