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Frontline Plus
PetArmor - Generic To Frontline Top Spot
Vectra 3D
Kills Fleas checkmark checkmark checkmark
Repels Fleas X mark X mark checkmark
Kills Flea eggs and Larvae checkmark X mark Prevents all flea stages (eggs, pupae, larvae, and adult fleas) from developing.
Kills Ticks checkmark checkmark checkmark
Repels Ticks X mark X mark checkmark
Kills and/or Repels Mosquitoes checkmark checkmark checkmark
Prevents Heartworm X mark X mark X mark
Other Parasites Information Eliminates infestations with chewing lice, aids in the control of sarcoptic mange infestation Kills chewing lice in dogs and puppies and controls mites that may cause sarcoptic mange. Also kills biting and sand flies, live and mites for one month
Waterproof (shampooing once a week can reduce effectiveness) checkmark checkmark checkmark
Safe for pregnant or nursing Pets checkmark checkmark X mark
How long does it take to work Kills Fleas within 12 hours and Ticks within 48 hours Kills fleas and ticks with the same efficacy as Frontline Top Spot. Starts to reduce flea feeding in just 5 minutes
Taste Applied to Skin Applied to Skin Topical
Active Ingredient(s) Fipronil/(S)-Methoprene Fipronil Dinotefuran, Pyriproxyfen, Permethrin
RX Required X mark X mark X mark
Dosage
Usage Frontline Plus Usage PetArmor - Generic To Frontline Top Spot Usage Vectra 3D Usage
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Vet Review 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. This product is a wonderful economic alternative for clients who have used the Frontline product. It contains the same exact main ingredient as Frontline, Fipronil, which has been probably the number one used flea and tick preventative ingredient by veterinarians over decades now. Not only does it kill fleas and many species of ticks that carry Lyme and other diseases, but also can help in controlling scabies mange mites, as well, in those cases. It certainly is a much cheaper alternative to Frontline or Advantage products. Some excellent advantages include it being waterproof, as well as being safe to use in pets as young as 8 weeks of age. There may be a rare skin irritation side effect at the site of application, but other reactions are even more rare. I have occasionally seen digestive upset with this product. I would also not use it in dogs with a history of chronic seizure disorders. Because of its long-term reliability and safety, I give this product an overall rating of a 4.5, with an ease of application of 4.5. For clients that prefer an outstanding topical medication that has thus far had an excellent record of efficacy against both fleas and ticks. This product includes 3 very powerful and synergistic flea/tick pesticides that work in slightly different ways, with one preventing development of flea eggs and larvae, while another ingredient quickly kills; killing probably the fastest of any products on the market, starting to act within 5 minutes. Ticks will take somewhat longer, but within 2 days most ticks are killed. The addition of the permethrin ingredient does add the benefit of this product in BOTH repelling and killing ticks, , as well as the additional benefit of killing and repelling mosquitoes, the main vectors of heartworm disease in dogs and cats. As with other topicals, occasionally pets will develop an irritation or sensitivity at the sight of application, with some pets being occasionally restless, agitated, or fidgety. On rare occasions vomiting and/or diarrhea may be seen but this has not been much of a problem in clinical practice, where most pets seem to tolerate the product quite well. While the trio of main ingredients in this product seem to provide additional efficacy and coverage of various stages of the external parasites, including the benefit of repelling them, I am always a bit cautious about combination products like this, which rarely may lead to unknown chronic side effects that we are not yet aware of. With that consideration, this product is still an excellent and effective choice. I give this product an overall rating of 4 out of 5.
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