Fleas/Frontline drops didn't work

(42 Posts)
BobblyGussets Fri 03-May-13 20:06:38

Fed up now. I treated the cat with those drops on the back of his neck. The blurb said he would be protected for three months, but I can still see them coming off him after two weeks.
I also cleaned the whole house, hot washed all the bedding, pillows and duvets, lit three "flea bombs" but we have counted at least 15 flea bites on poor DS1.
I have seen them, they hop off the cat onto our white duvet cover, they look like very long fleas.
Helps! Please does anyone have any ideas?

fergoose Mon 13-May-13 08:34:50

Yes, it does contain fipronol. What is the problem with that ingredient?

cozietoesie Mon 13-May-13 08:42:15

I don't know if there's anything wrong with it fergoose. Just don't know. There's a lot of data emerging on it but I don't use the product so I can't set aside the time to study it.

Lonecatwithkitten Mon 13-May-13 08:46:11

Effipro is frontline in another outfit.
The new Seresto collar (prescription only from your vet) is really good lasts 8 months repels ticks and kills fleas. My cats have worn them for the last year no flea or tick seen. It actually is very well price in my clinic £30.39 which works out £3.80 per month so cheaper than most of the over the counter products.

ChewingOnLifesGristle Mon 13-May-13 08:46:25

I have always used Stronghold on my cats and (please god don't let this be tempting fate) have never seen a flea on either of them. One of them has a lot of white on him so any flea evidence would be easy to see.

It's on prescription. I get the prescription from the vet then buy it online in 6 mnth packs.

cozietoesie Mon 13-May-13 08:47:56

That's OK if your cat will wear a collar, Lonecat. All of my boys have regarded collars (however early the introduction) as a resignation issue.

VivaLeBeaver Mon 13-May-13 08:58:20

I think effipro is the same as frontline. I seem to remember comparing ingredients once.

RooneyMara Mon 13-May-13 09:21:47

You don't need to treat the house, just the pet.

fergoose Mon 13-May-13 09:54:33

oh well frontline failed for me but touch wood effipro works brilliantly on both of mine, not seen a flea on them since using it, and it is cheap too.

bonzo77 Mon 13-May-13 10:07:00

A flea collar made my old cat very subdued after about 24 hrs. I took it off and he recovered fine. My Mum's cat had the same. My current cat gets front line and advocate alternate months. When she had a very stubborn infestation we also used indorex in the house.

Lonecatwithkitten Mon 13-May-13 13:14:32

Interesting fergoose effipro is just a generic of frontline sold to vets as a cheaper option exactly the same drug in the same concentration in the same carrier nothing different.

cozietoesie Mon 13-May-13 13:20:47

Is it frontline that's starting to fail in various parts of the country? (Because then, presumably, the same would come to be true of effipro.)

fergoose Mon 13-May-13 13:42:43

I didn't realise it was the same ingredients. But I know Frontline didn't work at all, my poor old cat his flea allergy was terrible, switched to Effipro and he is fine now and no fleas, plus so much cheaper. I wonder if switching brands is the key. Is Effipro exactly the same formulation as Frontline then - nothing at all different?

cozietoesie Mon 13-May-13 13:59:30

As far as I can see, it has the same active ingredient. Is it possible that with a bit of practice, you were putting it on more accurately? (eg down to the skin as opposed to on the hair - or on a slightly better place.)

fergoose Mon 13-May-13 14:00:29

dunno - have been cat owner for over 20 years so have had plenty of practice. Oh well it works and price is good so hopefully we won't have any more fleas smile

cozietoesie Mon 13-May-13 14:07:13

Ah well. As long as it works.

BobblyGussets Wed 15-May-13 09:56:12

Just a bit of info in return for all the helpful advice and discussion from you all here: I spoke to the woman in the local independent pet supplies shop (up yours "Pets at Home")and she said she researched fleas when she got the job. Apparently, the eggs/larvae (can't remember which) can lie dormant in the house for up to three years, developing into fleas at anytime the conditions are favourable, so the house does need treating, especially corners, carpets and soft furnishings. Oh how I have loved vacuuming thoroughly all of our 28 stairs and everywhere else hmm.

bootsycollins Wed 15-May-13 09:59:57

I paid £7.50 at the vets last week for a prescription, I then bought 6 months worth of Advocat for just under £25 from an online chemist, bargain smile, I sent the prescription to their free post address and received my order within 3 days.

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