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Program - EasySpot for Cats
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EasySpot for Cats
Program
Kills Fleas checkmark X mark
Repels Fleas X mark X mark
Kills Flea eggs and Larvae Prevents Development Breaks the flea cycle
Kills Ticks checkmark X mark
Repels Ticks X mark X mark
Kills and/or Repels Mosquitoes X mark X mark
Prevents Heartworm X mark X mark
Other Parasites Information Chewing lice for up to 30 days. X mark
Waterproof (shampooing once a week can reduce effectiveness) checkmark Not Applicable
Safe for pregnant or nursing Pets checkmark checkmark
How long does it take to work Starts working in 1 hour Starts working immediately to stop the reproduction of adult fleas.
Taste Applied to skin Unflavored liquid
Active Ingredient(s) Fipronil Lufenuron
RX Required X mark X mark
Dosage
Usage EasySpot for Cats Usage Program Usage
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Vet Review This reliable and more economical alternative to Frontline comes from a very reliable company, Elanco. Its main ingredient, fipronil, probably has the most clinical record of experience of efficacy over many years, in killing both adult fleas before they lay eggs, as well as various species of ticks. Its safety is touted by supposedly targeting only the nervous system of the pests. With cats, we always must be careful when evaluating the newer generation of emerging pesticides for fleas and ticks that are coming out, as kitties' detoxification pathways are typically more sensitive than dogs'. Most kitties tolerate this single spot application quite well. In addition to being waterproof, so important for outdoor kitties, this product is easier to apply than most competitors, as well as leaving no pungent or chemical smell like many over the counter competitor products. Most of my clients have found it as effective as Frontline, but not as quick as Advantage. Some clients have complained that it does not seem to repel the ticks, who can occasionally be found attached to the skin before they die. Not only it is important in using products like Easy Spot to prevent flea bite anemia in cats, and unsightly tapeworms, but in recent years, fleas have been shown to carry an increasing number of serious diseases and infections, including Bartonella species, amongst others. Another benefit of this product is that it is labeled as safe to use in pregnant or nursing cats. Side effects, although rare, may include topical irritation at the site of application, lethargy, as well as rare twitching reactions, agitation, and/or restlessness. These are typically short-lived, and fortunately, are very uncommon across pet populations that the product has been used. Some veterinarians and experts have wondered about the recent resistance of fleas to some of the fipronil-based products, but that has not been my experience. I give this product an overall rating of a 4, with an ease of application and efficacy of 4, as well. Because of the difficulty for some clients in getting their cats to take pills, the development of this flavorable suspension to mix easily with their wet food has made compliance and efficacy of flea control a lot easier.  Getting felines to take medication can always be a challenge.  When not accepted in food, many clients have found mixing in various tuna or clam juices, oil, broth, gravy or sardines another way of administering this and other medications. As mentioned in my product review on program tablets, this product works best when given with meals for maximal absorption as well as before fleas are firmly established on the pet and in the home. It works by preventing development of flea eggs and larvae by in essence sterilizing the adult fleas who happen to bite the animal.  The product does not kill existing adult fleas and must be combined with other products like Capstar or topical Advantage or Frontline in pets with active flea populations.  I find it works best as a preventative before flea season.  Many clients will chose to use this and other flea products year round due to the warming of the climate and the unpredictability of the flea season.  I give this product an overall rating of a 4 with an ease of use and taste a 5 and efficacy a 4.
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