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How to Apply Topical Flea Treatments

Topical flea treatments such as Frontline Plus for dogs and Advantage for cats are extremely easy to use, but only once you know how!

The process is very straightforward though it can seem a little awkward until both you and your pet get the hang of it!

  1. Ensure you have the correct pack size that corresponds to both the weight and type of pet to be treated. It’s important to double check every time you use flea medicine if you have various types and sizes of pets in the family.
  2. Find somewhere comfortable. Small dogs and cats are most easily treated on your lap or on a counter-top or table. Larger dogs will need to stand still (easier said than done sometimes!).
  3. Part the fur to reveal the skin. This is best done at the base of the neck on cats, and between the shoulder blades on dogs.
  4. Open the capsule of liquid flea medicine and empty the entire contents directly onto the skin. Squeeze the capsule as you move it away to ensure every last drop is used up.
  5. For products such as Advantix used on larger dogs you may get better flea protection by applying the liquid to multiple sites along the spine from shoulders to the base of the tail (check the packet for instructions).

That’s all you need to do. Topical flea treatments are given a bitter taste, and with the application site being an awkward to reach area you shouldn’t have a problem with pets licking the medicine, but it is best to keep an eye on them till the liquid is dry.

It’s important to bathe your pet (or take them swimming) only once the product is completely absorbed and dry. The time this takes depends on the product being used, from a few hours to a few days, so do check the label.

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Advantage V Frontline Plus for Cats

The two most popular feline flea control products are Advantage for cats and Frontline Plus. But which one is the best? Well, it’s a difficult question to answer because both are excellent, and both have their place. There are plenty of similarities between the two products, as well a a few distinct differences. We will look at these points to help you choose the correct product for your cats.

The Similarities

So, what do Advantage & Frontline have in common?

  • Easy to use topical treatments that are safe and effective
  • Long lasting (you will never need to apply more than once a month)
  • Kill adult fleas and juveniles so helping prevent future outbreaks
  • Waterproof
  • Also destroy chewing lice
Okay then, how do the treatments differ?
  • They use different active ingredients. So if your cat is allergic to one (which is very rare) you might find they are fine with the other.
  • Advantage kills flea larvae as well as eggs and adults. Frontline Plus kills the adults, but prevents larvae, pupae and eggs developing so they die over time. Only adult fleas bite your pet.
  • Frontline Plus destroys ticks, this is an important difference as those of you living in tick country will know that a cat can quickly become over-run with these disease carrying parasites.
  • Advantage works slightly quicker, claiming to stop fleas from biting within 5 minutes. Within 12 hours virtually all fleas will be destroyed. Frontline Plus claims to take up to 24 hours to destroy all fleas.  New fleas which might jump onto your pet during the next month will be destroyed within 2 hours by Advantage, and within 24 hours by Frontline Plus.

In truth, whereas Frontline Plus for cats might be the perfect choice in one location, in another Advantage might be preferred. It will depend upon the local parasite population, the number of feral cats around and your own pet’s activities. It is a good idea to speak to your vet about which particular brand of flea control is working well in your location.

If your pet is particularly flea sensitive you might feel that the speedier results with Advantage are worth considering. On the other hand if ticks are a problem locally you would need to invest in a tick collar if you chose Advantage, so you would probably prefer to simplify things by choosing Frontline Plus instead.

 

 

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Cheapest Price for Frontline Plus

One of the most popular products here is Frontline Plus. Hardly surprising really since nearly all pet owners understand the need for regular flea and tick control. And, when something so effective is discovered, owners are faced with many years of buying a product to ensure their pet remains parasite free.

It is no wonder then that so many people search for:

The Cheapest Price for Frontline Plus

In fact, it was one of the first searches I did when internet shopping was still in its infancy. After all, why spend more than you have to every month, just to keep fleas and ticks at bay?

So of course at the Online Pet Meds site, the price of Frontline Plus is something we keep a very close eye on. After all, the whole point of the site is to supply the very best deals on all your pet meds, and flea prevention is one of the most widely used. To this end, the staff regularly carry out price comparisons online. That way, we know we are always offering the cheapest Frontline Plus, from the most reliable source.

Price Comparison for Frontline Plus

Today (11th August 2011), we carried out a further Frontline Plus price comparison. Comparing prices for a six month supply of Frontline Plus for a medium sized dog (23 – 44lbs).

We searched the US based google.com site for “cheapest price for Frontline Plus” to see what we would find. We look at prices from the top 5 retailers that sell directly from their website, and that are trustworthy. We ignore price-comparison sites and indirect affiliate sites completely.

The top results listed were:

  1. Number one for this search term was cheapfrontlineplus.com who sold kits including a large dose of the flea medication, for customers to split themselves to treat smaller animals. This might offer a significant price saving but seems particularly dangerous since over-dose would be all too easy. One of the things we like about the product, is that it is easy to use Frontline Plus, and we see no reason to make it more difficult or dangerous! For that reason we chose not to include the site in our price comparison, and instead added the sixth best ranking supplier.
  2. 1800petmeds.com are selling Frontline Plus at $75.98 with free shipping.
  3. amazon.com are selling the packs for $64.34 with free 2 day shipping.
  4. petcarerx.com are selling packs for $75.99 with free shipping
  5. medi-vet.com came in at $72.63 plus $7.99 standard shipping unless your total order value is greater than $100
  6. entirelypets.com sell at $68.99 plus $4.95 standard shipping unless your total order value is greater than $85
Yet again, we have found amazon currently offering the very best deals on cheap Frontline Plus for Dogs, and that is why we still recommend them. One thing to remember with any amazon purchase, is that not everything listed on their site is sold by the store themselves. If the company are out of stock at any given time, you may find third party sellers are offering the products instead. Often these sellers are reputable pet medicine retailers themselves, and sometimes their prices are even better, but do check to avoid disappointment (the seller is always listed on the product details page).

Written by Karl