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Compare Bio Spot Defense Flea & Tick Control For Dogs to Frontline Plus to Trifexis

 
 
Bio Spot Defense Flea & Tick Control For Dogs (Click for Larger Image)
Bio Spot Defense Flea & Tick Control For Dogs
starts at $29.99
Frontline Plus (Click for Larger Image)
Frontline Plus
starts at $42.99
Trifexis (Click for Larger Image)
Trifexis
 
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starts at $107.99
Made in the USA
Kills Fleas
Repels Fleas
Kills Flea eggs and Larvae
Kills Ticks
Repels Ticks
Kills and/or Repels Mosquitoes *
Prevents Heartworm
Other Parasites Information Eliminates infestations with chewing lice, aids in the control of sarcoptic mange infestation Treats and controls hookworms, roundworms, and whipworms infections.
Waterproof
(shampooing once a week can reduce effectiveness)
Not Applicable
Safe for pregnant or nursing Pets Consult your veterinarian Consult your veterinarian
How long does it take to work 1-2 Days Kills Fleas within 12 hours and Ticks within 48 hours Starts to kill fleas within 30 minutes; kills 100% of fleas within 4 hours.
Taste Applied to Skin Applied to Skin Beef Flavor
Active Ingredient(s) Permethrin/Pyriproxyfen (Nylar) Fipronil/(S)-Methoprene Spinosad/Milbemycin Oxime
Rx Prescription Required
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Dosage Monthly Monthly Monthly
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Veterinarian Review
(Michael Dym, VMD)
This topical product that has been around for years is really a potluck type product in my opinion and experience. Many of my clients, who could not afford the other commonly veterinary recommended topical flea/tick pesticides, have found this product a quite helpful much more economic and effective product than the more expensive competitors. . However I have had equal number of clients, who have used this product, been quite disappointed with the results, and their infestations seemed to have gotten worse after starting with this product. I personally don't recommend this product,for my biggest concern that overrides any economic savings that clients have, are the sometimes serious side effects I have seen with certain sensitive pets in my practice and experience. This has ranged from local irritation and greasiness in the coat, to an almost burn like eruption at place of application, to more serious systemic effects like excess drooling, ear itching/irritation and in rare cases neurological side effects including suspected seizures shortly after application. Although these side effects are not common, I feel their severity over rides my ability to recommend this product, I would stick with the more widely veterinary recommended products like Frontline, Advantage or Advantix. I therefore give this product an overall rating of a 2. Its efficacy is a 2 and its ease of use is a 4. I find that the effective combination of an ingredient like fipronil, along with the insect growth regulator methoprene, provides the best spectrum of activity and protection against all stages of the flea life cycle from egg through larval stage on to adult. Because of these two main ingredients and their method of action, I find that clients don't have to treat the environment as much. I find that this product tends to be safer in smaller breed animals when compared to its competition. I find its tick efficacy quite good. The fact that it is waterproof also allows clients, whose pets swim frequently, to confidently use this product during the swimming months. I also find that this product works the longest for fleas, while some of the competitive products have to be reapplied before the end of the month. The lack of label efficacy against mosquitoes and flies, as well as the fact that this product does not repel fleas or ticks are the two main disadvantages. As with any insecticidal products, I find that every pet is an individual, in terms of which of the products works best on them. When I am dealing with more of a flea issue in a patient, this is the product I will likely reach for first. An exciting and brand new product now available combines the main ingredient of Interceptor milbemycin with a powerful flea insecticide known as spinosad.  Given as a once monthly heartworm preventative, this product also will control and prevent whipworms, hookworms and roundworms, in addition to preventing heartworms. The additional ingredient spinosad allows effective flea and these internal parasite control all in one pill,  making it quite convenient for clients.  As with any pesticide rare digestive tract and neurological side effects may occur but this has not been a major problem in clinical trials. Since it is relatively new I will have to see how this product performs on the fleas but it seems to have excellent potential. I give this product an overall rating of a 5 with an ease of administration a 5 as well, taste a 5.
 
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