If you are a pet owner who has an outside dog, or if you take your indoor dog on outdoor walks, blood-sucking fleas and ticks can be a nuisance. Squirrels, raccoons, and rodents can carry fleas and their eggs onto your lawn. If you go hiking, flea eggs can hitchhike on your shoes. While you may keep your dog very clean, fleas may still find a way onto your pet’s fur.
Female fleas can lay 20 eggs at a time, up to 500 eggs in their lifetime. These flea eggs hatch in about 12 days. Fleas can transmit serious conditions like tapeworms, bubonic plague, typhus and stomach flu. If you’ve ever had an itchy flea bite, you know that it is annoying as hell.
We walk our puppy Abby 3 to 4 times a day. It’s been a relaxing way to get some low impact movement on a regular basis. Since I no longer bike to my office, I wake up at 6am every morning to take Abby on a brisk 20 to 30 minute walk. She is full of energy.
Abby picked up a few hitchhiking fleas on one of her outings. We noticed her scratching her fur, then picked off the few fleas we found with tweezers. Our friend gave us 2 months worth of a topical flea treatment made by Hartz; we used it right away. Luckily, Abby’s flea problem has not come back and we did not have a flea infestation at home. I’ve heard how absolutely terrible a flea infestation can be.
Frontline Plus is one of the most popular over the counter flea and tick products. It kills 100% of adult fleas within 12 hours and 100% of all ticks and lice within 48 hours. It’s also waterproof in case your pet likes to swim. Frontline Plus is topical and applied monthly.
Frontline Plus comes in a variety of sizes, designed for dogs of different body weight. For instance, Frontline Plus for small dogs is designed to work on dogs 22lbs or less. Frontline Plus for large dogs is designed to work on dogs between 45 to 88lbs. Both products have the exact same cost and the exact same active ingredients. The only difference between the “large” and “small” Frontline Plus products is the amount of medication used per dose.