I've got three dogs (small, medium, and large) and three cats. They're all flea infested. I thought they had gotten into poison ivy so I didn't treat very quickly. I bought all kinds of products for skin irritations instead. I know, stupid... but I'd never seen or had experience with fleas. I thought I would SEE the bugs. Anyway, someone recommended Bio Spot since I had to buy six kits. I treated the home and the yard, then used Bio Spot. Everyone suffered some more- Bio Spot didn't do ANYTHING. So, I just spent over $200 on Frontline Plus after two months of totally unsuccessful Bio Spot treatment. Then I read an article that compared ingredients and Bio Spot and Frontline Plus have major similarities. Did I just waste a lot of money? I can't really afford to buy a THIRD treatment product. I've already treated the house, yard, and animals twice over and have spent more than $400 on products. If Frontline is going to be ineffective, I'd love to know BEFORE I open it- maybe I can send it back and get a different product with different main ingredients. If anyone used Bio Spot with poor results (i.e. continued infestation) but than had success with Frontline Plus, PLEASE let me know. I'm very worried.
If they are flea infested I recommend a product called Capstar... it's an oral pill that works wonders. I wouldn't send the Frontline back however as you'll want that to keep the fleas off after you get rid of them.
I'm not a biospot fan. I kind of live by the rule of thumb that if you can buy it at Walmart, it's not likely to work well. I like Frontline Plus a lot.
I personally use the Frontline Plus for my cockapoo. We live in a woodsy area where there is a chance of ticks and fleas. When the tick or fleas attach to the dog or cat, they are supposed to die within 24 hours, and every time it has worked. I have never us the Bio Spot, but it was not one of the ones my vet recommended.
Also wanted to add, that the formula for biospot for dogs is toxic for cats and ferrets. If your cats are like mine, ok with the dog, occasionally sleeping, playing, or grooming it, then they could suffer ill effects from the dogs medication, although I am sure you used the cat formula on your cats, your may not want to chance using it on your dogs and making your kitties sick. The same goes for the K9 Advantix formula as well, not recommended for dogs in homes with cats or ferrets. If price is an issue for you, have a conversation with your vet about it. My vet treats my cats monthly with Advantage, we buy a 4mL tube meant for a large dog, and break it up to treat each cat with a 1cc syringe. I can treat all six of my cats with one tube (3 cats get 0.4mL, 3 cats get 0.8mL) and it cost about $15 instead of $90. But please check with you vet, don't just take the advice of internet strangers when it comes to dosages! I believe you can do the same with frontline for cats, but I don't know the dosages. I do know the potency of Revolution is stronger in the large dog formula than in the cat formula, so I do not think you can do this with Revolution, and obviously you can't do it with K9 Advantix. But ask you vet about breaking up large tubes instead of buying individual tubes for each pet. And no the ingredients in Biospot are not the same as frontline. Biospot for cats has an entirely different formula than frontline, biospot for dogs combines an ingrediant found in K9 Adnvatix, Permethrin (the cat-toxic one) with methroprene, which is the ingredient in Frontline Plus that kills flea eggs, but is not the active flea-killing ingredient.
I don't use any of it. My poodle has had reactions to everything from frontline-hartz. I use all natural stuff called natural defense. It works wonders, and then I use a spray call pet so soft. I keeps all those chemicals off my animals
We had a terrible time with ticks this year so we tried Frontline Plus. My dog had a reaction to it, it drove him nuts itching. The vet gave him 2 baths in Dawn soap to get the stuff off of him, and so now we are using a flea/tick collar from the vet, and that has been effective with no side effects. The collar was only about $7.00 from the vet's office. The vet did refund the over $100 I paid for the medication that he reacted to. Good luck!
I use Frontline Plus & it's always worked. Just remember not to wash them at least 3 days before & after you apply it. If you don't like the topical flea preventions, there's one called Comfortis. My daughter switched her weims over to it a few months back & she really likes it (you don't have to worry about when you can/cannot wash them). You can also wash them in Ivory liquid or Dawn; they're both good at killing fleas.
I used Bio spot a couple years ago, I have 10 dogs so I jumped at the opportunity to save money. Most of my dogs developed red skin and scabs at the application site...I had to wash it off and treat that...plus I didn't like how oily it was.
However, we haven't had fleas for a long time so I haven't had to use other products. My breeder friend used Frontline for years then all of a sudden it just stopped working because the fleas in her area became immune to it. Now she uses Advantix with great results.
I just used bio spot shampoo on my dog and my cat. Well my cat likes to lay on a rocker in my liveing room people say that bio spot is no good well you should have seen all the dead fleas i just cleaned up off the floor. I would say that it works pretty good. I got the shampoo at petco, it was $15 a bottle but has anyone found frontline shampoo, and how much would it cost if they did make it. I think I will stick with the bio spot.
comfortis is the flea pill bomb!! it works, fleas over time get immuned to the different kinds of medications and even treatments for yards. I have been to frontline conferences, when it first came out and they said at conference that fleas do get immuned. I have started using the comfortis pill, and within 4 hours i had to wash the dogs to get the dead fleas off.