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Bio Spot Defense Flea & Tick Control For Dogs - Parastar Plus for Dogs
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Bio Spot Defense Flea & Tick Control For Dogs
Parastar Plus for Dogs
Kills Fleas checkmark checkmark
Repels Fleas checkmark X mark
Kills Flea eggs and Larvae checkmark checkmark
Kills Ticks checkmark checkmark
Repels Ticks checkmark X mark
Kills and/or Repels Mosquitoes checkmark X mark
Prevents Heartworm X mark X mark
Other Parasites Information X mark Eliminates infestations with chewing lice, aids in the control of sarcoptic mange infestation
Waterproof (shampooing once a week can reduce effectiveness) X mark checkmark
Safe for pregnant or nursing Pets Consult your veterinarian checkmark
How long does it take to work 1-2 Days Starts working in 1 hour
Taste Applied to Skin Applied to skin
Active Ingredient(s) Permethrin/Pyriproxyfen (Nylar) Fipronil and Cyphenothrin
RX Required X mark X mark
Dosage
Usage Bio Spot Defense Flea & Tick Control For Dogs Usage Parastar Plus for Dogs Usage
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Vet Review 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. Parastar Plus combines the proven performing main ingredient of fipronil with cyphenothrin, which allows for more rapid killing and treatment of fleas, ticks, certain mites, and lice. This combination allows for this topically applied product to begin killing within an hour. In my experience, most of my clients have reported higher efficacy and better satisfaction for tick control over fleas. It seems to be easier to dispense out of the applicator over competitor products, and especially with lighter colored dogs the product does not seem to stain. However on occasion, I have seen a sensitive darker coated dog have some mild bleaching at the site of application. With some longer haired dogs, I have seen it leave an occasional slightly sticky spot at the site of application as well. Like many of the competitor products, it is touted as waterproof, however, I try and recommend that clients do not bathe dogs for 2 or 3 days before or after application, as some feel that this may affect the efficacy of the product. In my experience, I have found that this product is better at preventing problems rather than controlling already heavy flea infestations, in which case I usually will go to one of the newer oral tablets for flea/tick control that usually kill rapidly within 30 minutes. Another limitation of the product is that you can't use Parastar Plus on less than 4-pound dogs, which is an added benefit of topical prescription products like Revolution. As with any product of this type, occasional itchiness, and/or irritation/agitation from applying the product may be seen, but I find this side effect less common than with competitor products. It is also important for clients to understand that it is critical, especially with heavy flea infestations, to also focus on treating the environment as well. Overall this product has performed better for tick control and prevention than for fleas. I give it an overall rating of a 3, with an ease-of-application rating of 4.5 out of 5.
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