Pros: Works; kills and repels fleas and ticks
Cons: Only lasts a month, expensive
Frontline Plus is a flea and tick treatment for dogs that is very popular here in the South, because fleas are in the dense vegetation, including the grass, and so are ticks and these parasites cause discomfort, itching, and may lead to serious life threatening disease.
Frontline Plus is a monthly application so the packages sold in stores usually come with three doses, each good for a month of protection; in other words one package will treat one dog for three months.
The package I'm reviewing here is a bulk pack of twelve individual doses, enough for one year for one dog. The packages are according to the dog's weight with versions for small dogs, up to 22 lbs; medium dogs 23 - 44 lbs, large dogs 45 - 88 lbs; and extra large dogs from 89 - 132 lbs. My dog, Fifi takes the small size. Make sure you select the size that includes your pooch.
Frontline Plus claims to provide your dog with the most complete spot-on flea and tick protection available. In addition to killing 98-100% of adult fleas on your dog within 24 hours, Frontline Plus contains a special ingredient that kills flea eggs and larvae, too, and keeps all stages of fleas from developing. By effectively stopping the development of new fleas, Frontline Plus breaks the flea life cycle. And, Frontline Plus kills all stages of 4 major ticks including those that may transmit Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.
The Frontline Plus is applied to your dog in liquid form and once dry, it's completely waterproof. The package claims that your dog can swim, take baths, etc. and the Frontline effectiveness will be undiminished.
Application is simple. I usually give the dog a bath before applying Frontline Plus, then, when dry, you spread the hair on the back at the shoulder blades until you can see the bare skin. Take the pack and break off the pre-scored end of the applicator and apply the liquid to the dog's skin. Hold the dog still so you can get the liquid down onto the skin where it will spread out. I also spread the hair of the back at the base of the tail and put a little Frontline (from the same applicator) there. That is a favorite place for fleas to congregate. Again, hold the dog still so the liquid can seep down and spread out.
Active ingredients: Fipronil a chemical that spreads by way of the pet's body oils to paralyze and kill parasites; and, Motormen, an Insect Growth Regulator, which makes it impossible for an insect to grow or reproduce. This chemical kills fleas before they have the chance to lay eggs thereby breaking the insect growth cycle.
I find Frontline Plus effective, provided you remember to apply it. I usually mark the calendar to show when my last application was so I can remember to do the next application on time. Here in Georgia, we need protection about 10 months out of the year, unless it is an exceptionally cold winter, which happens every so often. Typically, plan on using it nearly all year round down here.
As a con, Frontline Plus is quite expensive, costing nearly $15 an application in the three pack. With this bulk twelve pack, the price comes down to closer to $10 a dose, a bit easier on the pocketbook.
You really need to use it if you care for your pet, but I wish the price were more reasonable.
CAUTION: Frontline Plus is not for use on dogs younger than 8 weeks.