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Old 07-21-2009, 06:08 PM
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We use frontline for fleas on my 2 labs and our shiztzu that lives inside. This past Christmas our daughter got a Maltese(very small dog) and we gave her a bath and then the next day I applied the recommended amount for her size of frontline.

All day today she has just layed around and looks like she doesn't feel well, she is normally very playfull.

Can the Frontline make them feel bad for a day or so, we seem to recall when our shiztzu got a treatment of Frontline one time he acted kind of puny for a day or so.

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Old 07-21-2009, 06:11 PM
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I'm testing my memory here, but I think I remember the vet telling me to make absolutely sure they don't lick it for a number of hours after application. Very Toxic stuff.

I would imagine like anything else, your pup could have a reaction. I know its not for every dog.

I would be careful with you pup and keep a close eye. Not worth the heartbreak.
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Old 07-21-2009, 06:36 PM
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When I apply it to our boxer (116 lbs) I make sure it is high on the back of his neck where he can not get to it also remembering that it moves far on the skin layer. I apply it very carefully and slowly.
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Old 07-21-2009, 06:56 PM
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I don't know about Frontline, but I called Bayer and talked to them about their similar product, Advantage. I mentioned about applying it and immediately washing my hands even if I didn't touch it. The person at Bayer told me Bayer's official position is to advise washing hands if coming into contact with Advantage, but every indication is that it is safe to use in people -- just no market for using the product in people so Bayer will not spend the time/money for FDA testing. The product actually enters the skin immediately upon contact. There is no real way to 'wash' it off. When properly applied, the product stays only in the skin.

Bayer holds the patent on Advantage, so Frontline must be an entirely different product.
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Old 07-22-2009, 05:09 AM
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We have tried the Advantage but it does not seem to work as good as Frontline.

She did seem to be feeling a little better this am
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frontline was making my dogs sick...we switched to comfortis and they (and we) are much happier
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Old 07-22-2009, 08:19 AM
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I use it on both of my dogs, Huskie and a Huskie mix, they never seem to be affected by it. They are both in the 60lb class... Might affect a little dog more... II will ask my vet to see what they say.
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Old 07-22-2009, 09:47 AM
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Originally Posted by tprice View Post
We use frontline for fleas on my 2 labs and our shiztzu that lives inside. This past Christmas our daughter got a Maltese(very small dog) and we gave her a bath and then the next day I applied the recommended amount for her size of frontline.

All day today she has just layed around and looks like she doesn't feel well, she is normally very playfull.

Can the Frontline make them feel bad for a day or so, we seem to recall when our shiztzu got a treatment of Frontline one time he acted kind of puny for a day or so.

Don't know if it makes a difference but I think the instructions indicate to apply 3 days before or 3 days after a bath.
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Old 07-22-2009, 10:31 AM
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"Frontline making dog sick???"

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Old 07-22-2009, 12:16 PM
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ive used it for years on 2 labs. never had a problem. i would always tell people not to pet them where i had just applied it though. and i have heard be careful where you get it. you can get it online cheap, but may be for a reason. anyway, i always paid a bit more from my vet, but the dogs always seemed fine with it.
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Old 07-22-2009, 02:32 PM
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I pet my dogs regularly...probably after they've got their Frontline treatment, too. Maybe there's something to it.

I haven't had a flea bite in several years, but I do get urges to chase cars from time to time.
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We use to give our 45lb. mixed breed Frontline. After our son was born we stopped. There is just too much scary crap out there about neurotoxins and such... so far the dog has been flea and tick free... we do still give Heartguard...
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Lol Bama, you're the test case. I was just always afraid people would get it on their hands then ingest it somehow. So I made people aware for a few days after applying it. I kept them on heartguard 12 months a year.
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Used it for 6 + years on 11 lb Yorkie, rarely a problem other than some redness after application but it does work very well...put it high on back near neck....
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Used it for 6 years on my mixed breed 50 lb. dog. Never a problem. A giant improvement over previous flea products.
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I think the instructions for horses used to say put it on their legs, behind the knees, as I recall. My wife's quarter horse licked it, and he could hardly stand up for a couple of days. It is a neurotoxin, and the vet school had plenty of bad stories when she called them.
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You may want to look over the directions again. I do not think you should put these drugs on puppies. If the dog your daughter received was less than 6 months old that could be the problem. Just going by memory so don't hold me to it.
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We use Frontline on our 2 dogs, no problems. A 70# doberman mix and a 14# jackrat (jack russell/rat terrier).
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Old 07-23-2009, 05:24 AM
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Originally Posted by alblancher View Post
You may want to look over the directions again. I do not think you should put these drugs on puppies. If the dog your daughter received was less than 6 months old that could be the problem. Just going by memory so don't hold me to it.
The dog is 8 months old, if I recall the instructions said anything older than 12 weeks
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Old 07-23-2009, 08:18 AM
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Originally Posted by tprice View Post
The dog is 8 months old, if I recall the instructions said anything older than 12 weeks
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