Ticks are blood-sucking parasites that can pierce your pet's skin with their mouths and cement themselves into position to prevent easy removal. Most ticks in the UK are 'hard ticks' which means they have a hard outer shell protecting their body. The most common type is Ixodes ricinus, known as the sheep or deer tick. It's not only a risk to our pets, but can also infest other animals - and humans too.
Ticks are temporary parasites that spend 3-10 days feeding on your pet. They rely on their host for a blood meal - all stages of the life cycle, except for the egg, must attach to a host to feed before falling off into the environment to develop into the next stage. The whole lifecycle can take 1-3 years to complete.
FLEAS AND TICKS MAY SEEM TO BE JUST NUISANCE PARASITES FOR YOUR PET BUT THEY HAVE POTENTIAL
TO CAUSE MANY OTHER PROBLEMS FOR BOTH YOUR PETS
You might think that fleas and ticks are just a bit of a nuisance for your pet, an irritating bite at the most. But these parasites can cause more serious problems ranging from skin allergies to other diseases that can affect you as well as your pet.
By following a few simple steps, you can enjoy living with your pet without worrying about fleas or ticks. Take a look at the 'Facts about fleas' and the 'Tick trouble' sections, which guide you through their life cycles, the problems they cause, and how to achieve effective control of the whole problem.
Treating your pet regularly with a product that controls fleas and ticks is the best way to make sure that your pet and your home stay protected. Talk to your vet for advice on the most suitable treatment.FRONTLINE SPOT-ON - Now Non-prescription
The treatment and prevention of infestations by fleas ( Ctenocephalides spp.), ticks ( Rhipicephalus spp., Dermacentor spp. and Ixodes spp.) in cats, and as part of a treatment strategy for Flea Allergy Dermatitis, where this has been previously diagnosed by a veterinary surgeon. The product controls infestations with Felicola subrostratus biting lice on cats. FRONTLINE Spot On Cat can be used in kittens from 8 weeks of age and weighing at least 1kg.
Dosage and administration
Route of administration
By topical application to the skin.
1 pipette of 0.5 ml per cat (approximately 7.5 - 15 mg/kg).
Method of administration
Hold upright. Tap the narrow part of the pipette to ensure that the contents are within the main body of the pipette. Break back the snap-off top of the spot-on pipette along the scored line. Part the coat between the shoulder blades until the skin is visible. Place the tip of the pipette on the skin and squeeze gently to empty its contents onto the skin, preferably at two spots, one at the base of the skull and a second 2-3 cms further back.
Care should be taken to avoid excessive wetting of the hair with the product since this will cause a sticky appearance of hairs at the treatment spot. However, should this occur, it will disappear within 24 hours post application.
In the absence of safety studies, the minimum treatment interval is 4 weeks.
It is important to apply the dose to an area where the animal cannot lick off and to make sure that animals do not lick each other after treatment. If licking does occur, a brief period of hypersalivation may be observed, due mainly to the nature of the carrier. Ensure that treated animals do not groom each other after treatment until dry.