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Mon Jan 14, 2013, 12:45 PM

The vet recommends Frontline. Is it considered safe?

How about the Cedarcide? It sounds healthier.

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Reply The vet recommends Frontline. Is it considered safe? (Original post)
rhett o rick Jan 2013 OP
LiberalEsto Jan 2013 #1
Walk away Jan 2013 #2
newfie11 Jan 2013 #3
TorchTheWitch Jan 2013 #4
rhett o rick Jan 2013 #7
Curmudgeoness Jan 2013 #5
rhett o rick Jan 2013 #8
Curmudgeoness Jan 2013 #9
Stinky The Clown Jan 2013 #6
2theleft Jan 2013 #10
Walk away Jan 2013 #11
2theleft Jan 2013 #12
TorchTheWitch Jan 2013 #13
Sunlei Jan 2013 #14

Response to rhett o rick (Original post)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 01:06 PM

1. I use Vectra for our 2 dogs

I think it's safer than Frontline.

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Response to LiberalEsto (Reply #1)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 01:45 PM

2. I just switched to Vectra...

It was recommended to me because it is less likely to cause a skin reaction and (here in NJ) Frontline isn't working as well as it used to.

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Response to rhett o rick (Original post)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 05:53 PM

3. I have used frontline a few times

On my 5 newfs and the Pom. No problems but I don't use it very often.

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Response to rhett o rick (Original post)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 06:05 PM

4. Frontline works great for me and of course it's safe

If it wasn't safe they'd not be selling it nor would vets be recommending it. Neither of my dogs that use/used it ever had a single tick or flea. I tend to stick with what works. Having two dogs that had some allergy and immune deficiency issues I don't like to experiment with foods or meds or shampoos/ointments, etc. if it isn't necessary. I also have allergy problems particularly skin allergies, so anything I put on the dog I want to be really careful about in case it's something that is a problem for ME. Frontline has been working just fine for my dogs and I don't get any issues with it either so unless for some reason it becomes necessary, I'm sticking with it.

Though I've heard that both Frontline and Advantage don't seem to work quite as well as they used to I don't really think that's so. I think a lot of people are more lax about putting their dogs in places where ticks or fleas are likely to be if they use a product like Frontline believing that their dog is then totally immune. They aren't. It's a preventative, not a miracle cure just like any other preventative like the Lyme disease preventative shot or the worm preventatives. It's still important to try keeping your dogs out of those places where there's likely to be a ton of ticks and fleas and away from other animals or homes with infestations even with a preventative like Frontline or any of the others.

I don't know about Cedarcide (that's one I've not heard of), but there's quite a variety of different ones to try. Any dog can have an issue with any food or product just like humans sometimes do, so with anything new there's always a bit of a risk. Generally speaking though for a healthy dog they shouldn't have any problems with Frontline or anything else.


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Response to TorchTheWitch (Reply #4)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 07:29 PM

7. "If it wasn't safe they'd not be selling it nor would vets be recommending it." I dont share your

confidence. Vets recommend Science Diet which isnt the most healthy pet food. Science diet gives them a cut-back I believe.
Frontline and Advantage are both very strong and some wonder about it's safety.
http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/ehs/news/pet-pesticides

I am looking at more natural alternatives.

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Response to rhett o rick (Original post)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 06:56 PM

5. I have used it without problems on my cats, but

my vet has changed recommendations to Revolution. I have had no problems with that either. My vet says that Revolution works on more parasites than Frontline or Advantage.

I have not tried Cedarcide, but I did find this on a Better Business Bureau site that makes me skeptical:

Rating: F
Factors that lowered the rating for CedarCide include:
12 complaints filed against business
Failure to respond to 5 complaints filed against business
4 complaints filed against business that were not resolved
BBB does not have sufficient background information on this business

http://www.bbb.org/houston/business-reviews/chemicals/cedarcide-in-spring-tx-13002398/


I am also not finding a single application product for CedarCide. What do you intend to buy? A yard spray? Or would you be buying a spray for your animal? I don't know what product they have that would be equivalent.

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Response to Curmudgeoness (Reply #5)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 07:48 PM

8. Thanks. I am finding quite a mix of reviews. Some terrible and some great. nm

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Response to rhett o rick (Reply #8)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 08:20 PM

9. That happens all the time.

And I am aware that there are lots of people paid to write good and bad reviews, so it is hard to find a place to trust.

From what I saw, I would not do the CedarCide.....but it might work.

Just go with something that your vet says is ok, and watch the animal closely for the first day or two...and be ready to bathe them quickly if there is any problem.

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Response to rhett o rick (Original post)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 07:17 PM

6. We have three dogs on it. No issues at all.

Once a month for each of them, year round. No side effects. No fleas or ticks . . . . and our new property is LOADED with ticks.

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Response to rhett o rick (Original post)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 11:39 PM

10. I use frontline and have not had any issues..BUT

I hate that it says on the package that if it comes into contact with my skin to wash immediatly...Um...aren't I putting it on my dog's skin??

So, I have a company spray my yard with some natural repellent for fleas and ticks. It does not get rid of them all, but it does allow me to only have to use the frontline every 6 weeks vs. 4 and I only do it from April to October. Using this method, I have one tick on each dog in the past 4 years. No fleas.

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Response to 2theleft (Reply #10)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 11:53 PM

11. You are a good pet parent! nt

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Response to Walk away (Reply #11)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 12:01 AM

12. Well, they're the BABIES!

Rotten critters

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Response to 2theleft (Reply #10)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 04:32 AM

13. the reason they say that is purely a legal issue

That way they can't be successfully sued by anyone that claims that they got a skin problem because of it or ingested some because they ate without washing their hands first. Read just about any package label and you'll see the same thing... they're pretty amusing. Just like toothpaste has a warning not to swallow any... swallowing toothpaste is not dangerous, but no toothpaste company wants a bunch of lawsuits of people claiming all kinds of illnesses or vomiting or diarrhea from swallowing toothpaste that they could very well lose simply because they didn't print a label warning. Would you not use toothpaste because the label says not to swallow any assuming that it must be dangerous to put in your mouth because of that warning? Of course not. And contact lens solutions that say to rinse your eyes with water if you get any of the solution in there and not to squirt it directly in your eyes. That's purely a legal ass covering even though the stuff is meant to get in your eyes. Would you not use contact lens solutions because of the warning assuming that because of the warning it must be dangerous to get any in your eyes? Of course not. There's tons of examples of products designed for a certain purpose with warnings that sound ridiculously contradictory. It's all purely legal ass covering.


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Response to rhett o rick (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 10:42 PM

14. I use frontline on all my dogs and haven't had any issues with it.

I've used it more frequently sometimes every 2 weeks to treat an animal with bad skin conditions from bugs.

Use frontline on various rescue dogs as a treatment to kill biting lice, mites and even bedbugs that can infest matted dogs fur
In the old days we used to have to clip the dog first- use dip solutions, those were a lot more toxic/stressfull to animal and human.

I have bought the generic at a much lower cost for frontline and also for the flea tablets- that will kill every flea on an infested animal within a couple hours. We rescue some animals so anemic, sick from fleas and lice it is so much easier on them to treat the bugs right away without the stress of clipping the matts, bathing, soaks in dipping solution.

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