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Are Frontline Pet Meds the Right Flea Control Product For Your Dog?

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Posted By John Pearson

Trying to decide whether to buy Frontline pet meds this flea season? Here is my experience with this product on my guide dog puppy, Kera.

My Frontline Pet Medicine Experience

When the weather starts to warm up, many pet owners recognize that it’s time to start keeping an eye out for fleas and ticks on your dog or cat. Living in North Carolina, I learned the hard way that you can’t necessarily hope to avoid flea problems all together just by keeping your pet indoors or grooming her on a regular basis. I found that we needed to use a flea and tick spray of some kind in order to be safe from the fleas our dog would bring home when out on walks and hikes.
Since I was raising a guide dog puppy, I decided to ask the trainers who were supporting us, and ultimately responsible for Kera’s health and medical decisions, what flea control product they recommended. They had several name brands that they thought were both effective, and safe. They suggested I try Advantage flea products, K-9 Advantix, or Frontline pet meds. I just happened to go with Frontline because it was what I could find at the store when I went shopping for flea control products.
I am happy to report that we had great results with it. We got rid of the fleas and ticks, despite our frequent walks in forested areas, it was MUCH easier than trying to catch all the fleas by hand (seriously, that’s what I had been doing before – it was super frustrating and time-consuming.)
After we had such great results with Frontline pet meds, I thought I would try another product from the grocery store. I don’t remember what it was called, but it was cheaper. We tried it, but it did not work as well and the fleas quickly came back. We went back to Frontline and didn’t have any problems after that.
The only “downside” of the Frontline for us was that it made our dog’s hair look a little permanently wet or greasy at the point where we applied it. I think if you focus on applying the flea medicine to the dog’s SKIN and not to the HAIR (as recommended in the instructions) then you will avoid this problem.

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