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Frontline Top Spot - Bio Spot Active Care Flea & Tick Collar For Dogs
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Bio Spot Active Care Flea & Tick Collar For Dogs
Frontline Top Spot
Kills Fleas checkmark checkmark
Repels Fleas X mark X mark
Kills Flea eggs and Larvae X mark X mark
Kills Ticks checkmark checkmark
Repels Ticks X mark X mark
Kills and/or Repels Mosquitoes X mark checkmark
Prevents Heartworm X mark X mark
Other Parasites Information X mark Kills chewing lice in dog and puppies and controls mites that may cause sarcoptic mange.
Waterproof (shampooing once a week can reduce effectiveness) checkmark checkmark
Safe for pregnant or nursing Pets Consult your veterinarian checkmark
How long does it take to work Begins to work Immediately Kills Fleas within 12 hours of contact and Ticks within 48 hours of contact.
Taste Applied To Skin Applied To Skin
Active Ingredient(s) Propoxur/(S)-Methoprene Fipronil
RX Required X mark X mark
Dosage
Usage Bio Spot Active Care Flea & Tick Collar For Dogs Usage Frontline Top Spot Usage
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Vet Review While this product offers an economic alternative for killing/repelling  fleas and ticks for 5 months, as well as preventing the development of flea eggs into larvae and adults,  I have personally not found this product effective in my experience and opinion.  The clients I have spoken to who have been pleased with this product have found it more effective as a flea preventative, rather than once an infestation already exists, where other products such as topical front line or advantage would be preferred.  I have also seen that in some dogs local skin irritation and hives can occasionally occur in sensitive pets, which usually resolve once the collar is removed. I also have concern for cancer and neurological effects with exposure to any prolonged pesticides.  While it is a nice benefit that the collar works even when wet, because of my concerns about overall efficacy and safety, I do not recommend use of this product.  I give it an overall rating of a 2 with an efficacy a 2 and ease of use a 5. 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.
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