I would like some input on FrontLine versus Promeris. I have used FrontLine on my dogs for years. A friend of mine told me that her vet said that fleas and ticks have gotten use to the FrontLine (since they never change their ingredients) and he recommended Promeris. I'm a little confused on what to do so any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
We recently tried the ProMeris also. It seems to work just as good, if not a little better. But we also treat our yards which helps a great deal. For some reason, fleas this year seem to be at a record high for us. Normally, we would just treat the yard, give regular baths, and rarely did we need any other flea control.
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Honestly, I would'nt use either. They are both neurotoxins, and both will kill a cat if it comes in contact with it accidentally. I know you have horrible flea infestations, due to your climate, but I have a huge problem with spraying permethrins, or any such drug, on a dog , or on the ground that the dog inhabits. The poison is non selective, which means it kills everything it comes in contact with, including all the good insects, like bees and spiders.There also have been studies performed on lactating women, and permethrins have been found in breast milk. Since this crap is used as an insecticide on just about all our large fruit and vegetable farms, we get an unholy dose of it on a regular basis. That's another good reason to buy from organic gardeners, or markets. I know there will be a lot of people who disagree with me on this. The best thing I can tell you is to read up on the chemicals, and make your own decisions. >
First off I don't like Promeris. From my own personal experience, it didn't seem to work that well and it smells awful for 6-8 hours. I too spray my yard and it seems to be the best way to control fleas and ticks, especially for the dogs. Pen, are you talking specifically about the Promeris for dogs? They do make Promeris for cats and it will not kill them even if the ingest a small amount, unfortunately I speak from personal experience.
If you google promeris.. you'll find not so nice stuff. Pretty much the general consensus has been to just say no till it's been on the market long enough to be proven effective AND safe.
Lot of people have complained of side effects some of which were scary. One owner I read about actually had the same symptoms herself after applying it to her dogs..
Main ingredient is amitraz which has the nasty odor and can cause sedation from inhaling it..
Fort Dodge who's vaccs I choose not to use either.. Has dismissed people's statements against their product as 'anecdotal'. There's enough of it though to make me pass until it's been used more widely.. and not on my pets. Anecdotal or not they have been footing some large ER vet bills for the symptoms their product seems to has caused in some pets..
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We started carrying Promeris at our vet recently and personally I'm not sold on it yet. The smell does last a long time but according to the reps they put that in there so that you know when its dry and safe to allow children and other pets around the pet that's been dosed. Inhaling it is not harmful to the animal, licking it can cause side effects. Amitraz is the same ingredient used in Preventic Collars and is supposed to be more effective against ticks than anything on the market. Its supposed to paralyze the ticks mouth so that it has less of a chance of spreading tick born diseases. Its also the ingredient in Mitaban dips that used to be used as the primary treatment for demodexx. But of course in the Promeris its a much smaller dose on the dog. One of the side effects of Amitraz is that if a dog ingests it (like if they licked the Promeris off of the another dog) it could cause lethargy. According to the reps in all the studies done the lethargy went away within 24 hours and was not harmful to the pet. I also know that some dogs can have more severe reactions to it. Cat Promeris does not have Amitraz in it and is only a flea control. As far as personal use, I haven't used it and I probably never will. That's just my personal opinion. We don't have a huge problem with ticks here so I only treat for fleas. I can't say anything about how effective it is because I haven't used it. And I haven't heard much feedback from clients.
Personally I like Comfortis better. Its a Spinosad, which is supposed to be a very safe product. Its used on organic crops and is a natural product. Its a chewable tablet and lasts for a month. Fleas start dying within 30 minutes and after 4 hours all the fleas on the animal are dead. Even the Promeris rep said she liked Comfortis better for fleas. Its not effective against ticks though. And I might also add that its not approved in puppies until 14 weeks of age and its not approved in breeding females or dogs who are at risk for seizures. Other than that it has worked great for me. We've had a heavy flea season and I've yet to see a flea on her! Which is good for me.