Flea Spot On Treatments

Flea spot on treatments first came about with Frontline. And as the market for flea control products that were easy to use and effective, so did the competitors. Now there are 4 big players in the spot on flea control market. They are Frontline Plus,Advantage, Advantix and Revolution.

Frontline Plus

Advantage

Advantix

Revolution

Flea control

Kills 98-100% of adult fleas in 24 hours. Kills eggs and larvae and stops flea development. Supposed to last up to 3 months per application but recommendation to apply monthly to counter ticks too.

Kills 98-100% adult fleas within 12 hours of application. No claims about killing flea eggs or flea larvae. Lasts at least 4 weeks from application.

Kills 98-100% adult fleas within 12 hours. No claims about killing flea eggs or flea larvae. Monthly application

Kills adult fleas and prevents flea eggs from hatching. Monthly application

Tick control

Kills all 4 major ticks including ones that may transmit Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Effective for 1 month

No

Kills and repels the 4 major ticks including those that may transmit Lyme Disease

American dog tick only (not the deer tick which is the one that transmits Lyme Disease)

Other Claims

Nil

Nil

Nil

Prevents heartworm disease and controls and treats earmites, sarcoptic mange. When used in cats also treats hookworms and roundworms.

Waterproof

Yes

Not mentioned

Not mentioned

Yes

Safe for use on puppies

Yes for puppies older than 8 weeks

Yes for puppies older than 7 weeks.

Yes for puppies older than 7 weeks.

Yes for puppies older than 6 weeks.

Safe for cats

Yes –for kittens 8 weeks and older.

Yes – for kittens 8 weeks and older

No

Yes – for kittens 8 weeks and older.

Warnings

Flammable. Can irritate eyes and skin. Poisonous when swallowed. Warnings for use on sick, pregnant or nursing animals.

Can cause eye and skin irritation. Poisonous when swallowed. Warnings for use on sick, pregnant or nursing animals.

Can cause eye and skin irritation. Poisonous when swallowed. Warnings for use on sick, pregnant or nursing animals.

Side effects for the animal when using may include temporary hair loss, loss of appetite, drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, drowsiness, rapid breathing, increased heart rate, and muscle tremors.

Packaging

4 sizes for dogs

1 size for cats

3 sizes for dogs

2 sizes for cats

4 sizes for dogs

5 sizes for dogs

1 for cats

1 for kittens/puppies

Mode of application

1 tube squirted onto the skin between the shoulder blades in one spot.

Cats - apply to skin on neck at the base of the skull.

Dogs < 20 lbs - apply to skin on back between the shoulder blades.

Dogs > 21 lbs - apply 1 tube to 3 or 4 spots along the skin on back from the shoulder to the tail.

Dogs < 20 lbs - apply to skin on back between the shoulder blades.

Dogs > 21 lbs - apply 1 tube to 3 or 4 spots along the skin on back from the shoulder to the tail.

1 tube applied to the skin on the back at the base of the neck in 1 spot.

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