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Frontline Top Spot
Frontline Tritak
Kills Fleas checkmark checkmark
Repels Fleas X mark checkmark
Kills Flea eggs and Larvae X mark checkmark
Kills Ticks checkmark checkmark
Repels Ticks X mark checkmark
Kills and/or Repels Mosquitoes checkmark X mark
Prevents Heartworm X mark X mark
Other Parasites Information Kills chewing lice in dog and puppies and controls mites that may cause sarcoptic mange. X mark
Waterproof (shampooing once a week can reduce effectiveness) checkmark checkmark
Safe for pregnant or nursing Pets checkmark Consult your veterinarian.
How long does it take to work Kills Fleas within 12 hours of contact and Ticks within 48 hours of contact. Frontline Tritak will quickly and easily get rid of any existing fleas and ticks on your pet . Starts killing ticks in as little as 1 hour
Taste Applied To Skin Applied to Skin
Active Ingredient(s) Fipronil Dogs: Fipronil (9.8%), Cyphenothrin (5.2%), (S)-Methoprene (8.8%) Cats: For Cats: Fipronil (9.8%), Etofenprox (15.0%), (S) Methoprene (11.8%)
RX Required X mark X mark
Dosage
Usage Frontline Top Spot Usage Frontline Tritak Usage
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Vet Review One of my favorite and most widely prescribed flea and tick control products in practice front line top spot offers not only the ease of application in one spot, where it collects in the hair follicles and skin oils and gradually released over the month, but also a wide area of safety in most pets, including breeding, pregnant and lactating dogs. .   It will kill adult fleas and larvae by selectively affecting the parasite's nervous system.  Efficacy against  flea eggs is variable  in my experience and opinion.   It will also kill chewing lice and some veterinarians, including myself have seen it work to help control demodectic mange and ear mites, although it is it not approved for use for these uses.   This versatile product will also kill all stages of various ticks including brown dog ticks, american dog ticks, lone star ticks and deer ticks.   I have also used it to control  sarcoptic mange infestations in dogs, but will often go to topical revolution first in sarcoptic mange or ivermectin as my first choices for scabies.   In general I find that fleas and ticks are generally killed before they have the chance to transmit diseases in patients, usually being close to 100% effective within 24 to 48 hours. The formulation is water proof so it is certainly appropriate to use in those outdoor dogs who love to swim.   I have only seen occasional/rare side effects at the sight of application, and even more rare systemic reactions like digestive upset or neurological reactions or blood disorders in extremely sensitive pets.   However these reactions are rare in my experience.  In geriatric patients or sick patients or those with chronic disease it is important to consult with your veterinarian before applying this or any other topical flea and tick product. From one of the most reliable drug companies Merial, makers of Frontline Plus, is Tritak, which was introduced a few years ago, and offers a three prong protection against multiple parasites, including fleas, ticks, chewing lice and mites. This is probably one of the most rapidly effective topical products available, often beginning to kill fleas within 5 minutes of application. The extra insect growth regulator ingredient methoprene allows this product to also kill flea eggs and larvae as well. I have seen excellent results with this product for at least 30 days when it is applied as directed, although I usually recommend that clients not bathe their dogs 2 days before or for 2 days after application. I have seen occasional contact allergic reactions at the application site, consisting of a mild hair loss and/or dermatitis. The rare sensitive pet also may experience digestive upset as well. In my few years of using this product, I have seen only one animal to develop a neurological reaction after application. However the safety record of this product is overall excellent. Because it is so safe and effective in the vast majority of pets it is used, I give this product an overall rating of a 4, with an ease of application of a 4 as well.
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