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Stew is an indoor cat like my other 2 cats, they never go outside, but we do have a dog. I found a tick on Stew this morning and was able to pluck it out. Doogie our dog has had ticks and we treat him with Frontline, but this is the first time I have ever seen a tick my cat. What is my next course of action? Should I just purchase Frontline for the cats their weights vary 10, 11 and 12 lbs. and ages 7 and 8 years old.

Our Vet Says:

It is not necessary for your to cat go out to have ticks. Ticks have 2 or 3 intermediate hosts during their life cycle and sometimes other pets can transport the pre adult stages or adult ticks from outside to inside.

For ticks prevention you can use Frontline Plus or Frontline spray. Frontline Plus is stronger than Frontline spray because it works against pre adult stages of fleas, adult fleas and ticks.

You should treat your cat with Frontline Plus, see below some information about the product :

To be used against infestations with fleas, ticks and/or biting lice.

- Elimination of fleas (Ctenocephalides spp.) and insecticidal efficacy against new infestations with adult fleas persists for 4 weeks.

- Prevention of the multiplication of fleas by inhibiting the development of eggs (ovicidal activity), larvae and pupae (larvicidal activity) originating from eggs laid by adult fleas for 6 weeks after application.

- Elimination of ticks (Ixodes ricinus, Dermacentor variabilis, Rhipicephalus sanguineus). The product has a persistent acaricidal efficacy for up to 2 weeks against ticks (based on experimental data).

- Elimination of biting lice (Felicola subrostratus).

Can be used as part of a treatment strategy for the control of Flea Allergy Dermatitis (FAD).

Further information

The product is an insecticidal and acaricidal solution for topical use, containing an adulticidal active ingredient, fipronil, in combination with an ovicidal and larvicidal active ingredient, (S)-methoprene.

Fipronil is an insecticide and acaricide belonging to the phenylpyrazole family. It acts by interacting with ligand-gated chloride channels, in particular those gated by the neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), thereby blocking pre- and post-synaptic transfer of chloride ions across cell membranes. This results in uncontrolled activity of the central nervous system and death of insects or acarines. Fipronil kills fleas within 24 hours, ticks (Dermacentor variabilis, Rhipicephalus sanguineus, Ixodes scapularis, Ixodes ricinus, Haemaphysalis longicornis, Haemaphysalis flava, Haemaphysalis campanulata) and lice within 48 hours post-exposure.

(S)-Methoprene is an insect growth regulator (IGR) of the class of compounds known as juvenile hormone analogues that inhibit the development of immature stages of insects. This compound mimics the action of juvenile hormone and causes impaired development and death of the developing stages of fleas. The on-animal ovicidal activity of (S)-methoprene results from either direct penetration of the eggshell of newly laid eggs or from absorption through the cuticle of the adult fleas. (S)-methoprene is also effective in preventing flea larvae and pupae from developing, which prevents contamination of the environment of treated animals with the immature stages of fleas.

Both (S)-methoprene and fipronil are well-distributed in the haircoat of cats within 24 hours after application. The concentrations of fipronil and (S)-methoprene in the haircoat decrease with time and are detectable for at least 59 days after dosing. Parasites are killed through contact rather than by systemic exposure.

No pharmacological interaction between fipronil and (S)-methoprene was noted.

Please read the leaflet enclosed with the product for best results.





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