An Overview of Frontline

If you have a dog or cat that loves to play outside or mingle with other furry friends, it seriously increases its chance to come in contact with fleas or ticks. Every year millions of blood-sucking insects jump on to our pets, many times spreading deadly diseases and other health problems. Luckily, there are reliable ways to prevent a flea problem with cats or dogs.

Since 1996, Frontline Flea has used a strong blend of chemicals in their products to fight off fleas and ticks. The main ingredient in this potion, Fipronil, works to kill most insects, but when applied to an animal's fur coat, fleas and ticks are attracted to the scent of the chemical which then disrupts the bugs' central nervous system, which eventually kills them.

How It Works

For nearly 20 years 1996, Frontline Flea has used to treat fleas and tick outbreaks.

The patented chemical is a powerful poison that should be handled carefully when applied to pets. It is important for pet owners to follow the simple directions when giving a treatment to both cats and dogs. Fipronil has been used to kill dozens of different kinds of insects, including ants, cockroaches and termites. However Frontline is only intended to cure flea and ticks problems on pooches and cats.

In addition to Fipronil, Frontline uses an ingredient called Methoprene, which doesn't kill fleas or ticks on-site, but keeps them young in a juvenile state. Methoprene also prevents larvae from forming into adult insects, which stops their production.

According to Frontline's website, a properly administered dose of Frontline Plus can kill 98% to 100% of fleas and ticks on an animal's body within 24 hour. Just one treatment of the product is usually good to keep insects away from your pet for up to 12 weeks (cats are less because they shed more).

How It Got Started

In 1994, after the patent for Fipronil was passed, a French pharmaceutical company called SANOFI started to produce Frontline. Eventually, an American company called Merial, which is headquartered in Georgia, took over Frontline to add to its wide range of clinical products. Merial produces clinical supplies for an assortment of domestic and farm animals. The company currently employs more than 5,600 people and does business in more than 150 countries.

Today Frontline can be found at trusted pet supply retailers, pet stores and even some grocery markets. The flea prevention product has skyrocketed in popularity because of its easy-to-use application and effectiveness in killing fleas and ticks.

Risks From Frontline

Obviously Frontline's products are harmful to fleas and ticks, however, it can harmful for others if pet owners fail to read the instructions on how to apply the liquid treatment. First of all, Frontline is hazardous to humans if swallowed, so when you're applying the product to your dog or cat, make sure small children are not in the vicinity.

Also, just like some humans are allergic to medications, the same goes for animals. The first time you apply Frontline, be sure to keep an eye on how your pet ret reacts. Irritated skin can be one of the most common side effects for animals. Also, it is important to make sure your pet remains dry for 24 hours after applying the product, Fipronil is not mean to be washed off in swimming holes, pools or sprinklers.

Although there a few small risks with using Frontline, most pet owners feel that action should be taken against fleas and ticks. Many of these insects can cause serious problems for pets (I.E. Lyme Disease).

If you have concerns that Frontline may not be right for your dog or cat, ask your local vet to see if they think an application may be right thing to prevent or cure a flea outbreak.


By: Sean Bowes
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