Certifect for Dogs is Merial's new long-lasting, monthly topical flea and tick preventative.
Certifect for Dogs works just like FRONTLINE Plus with the addition of amitraz, a powerful tick-killing ingredient.
It kills ticks and adult fleas rapidly and destroys the flea life cycle by killing flea eggs and larvae as well.
Most topical tick treatments can take 24-48 hours to kill ticks, but Certifect for Dogs begins killing ticks in 6 hours and kills up to 100% of ticks in 18 hours. Furthermore, it is the only topical tick product that forces ticks to detach from an infested host.
Certifect for Dogs provides complete flea control by killing adult fleas and preventing development of all flea stages.
It not only kills fleas and ticks rapidly, but it continues to protect dogs from fleas and ticks for a whole month - even when swimming or bathing.
In addition, Certifect for Dogs kills chewing lice and can also be used to control chewing lice and sarcoptic mange infestations.
Certifect for Dogs should be applied once a month in two spots, a process called translocation. Translocation carries the ingredients across the skin and through the hair coat and can take up to 24 hours to complete. Even though Certifect for Dogs is waterproof, wait 24 hours after application to bathe your pet. Certifect contains two chambers, one on the front and one on back.
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Temporary lethargy and itching may occur; if signs persist after a few days of application, contact a veterinarian immediately. Do not apply more than once a month. Do not use Certifect on dogs diagnosed with diabetes or heart problems.
DO NOT USE ON CATS.
The amount of active ingredients in the total volume is equivalent to 6.4% Fipronil, 5.8% (S)-methoprene, and 7.6% Amitraz.
How It Works
Once you have applied Certifect for Dogs to your dog, it starts killing pre-existing fleas and ticks quickly, with the help of fipronil, (S)-methoprene, and amitraz. Both Fipronil, a slow-acting poison that disrupts the central nervous system of fleas and ticks, and (S)-methoprene, an insect growth regulator that kills flea eggs and larvae, are long-lasting and work quickly to rid dogs of fleas and ticks. These two ingredients are stored in the sebaceous glands of your dog's skin and are wicked out of the hair follicles allowing for month-long protection against fleas and ticks. Certifect for Dogs also contains a small amount of amitraz, an insecticide that increases the tick-killing potency of fipronil. Unlike fleas, ticks tend to stay in one place on a host's body, but amitraz stimulates tick movement; therefore, increasing a tick's exposure to fipronil an effective tick-killing ingredient.
For dogs without flea and tick infestations, it works as an effective, long-lasting monthly topical preventative against fleas and ticks - just apply once a month.
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I just purchased Frontline Plus for my 3 little girls - all long haired Chihuahuas. I haven’t seen any fleas on them but they are scratching like crazy. I’m wondering about applying this product to them and our sleeping arrangements. They all sleep with us and most of the night it’s under the covers. Is this something I should be worried about once I’ve applied this medicine to them?
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