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Hyperhunter
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Username: Hyperhunter

Post Number: 20
Registered: 06-2004
Posted on Friday, July 30, 2004 - 1:58 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

The vet gave me frontline for my boys, and i've never used it before on ferrets. I do know that one of my cats had a near-fatal reaction to Hartz flea treatment, which is why we switched them to frontline, and when she can lick it she starts to have minor reactions for a few days (twitching, agitation, glassy looks). Since ferrets tend to scruff each other when they play, I'm assuming they'll ingest some. Has anyone ever had a ferret react to frontline? I don't know if I'm being paranoid or what, my vet said it was safe, but they said it was safe on the cats too (I will say out of my 3 cats, she's the only one that has reactions like this).
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Ladyhawk
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Username: Ladyhawk

Post Number: 117
Registered: 04-2004
Posted on Friday, July 30, 2004 - 3:46 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Well I can first say I have heard bad things about the ingredients Hartz uses. Something about 'reactions' being common. But that is just what I heard. Also I do see that my cats are the worst for trying to groom off the one spot type treatments and I have always worried about that myself.
I use the Revolution one spot on my ferrets and like you I thought about the fact they are always putting their mouth where we put the chemical. So I make it a point to treat only one ferret at a time. I do it at bed time since my boys are in different cages. Then the stuff has over night to dry. True enough some will be on the skin in the morning but at least not fresh and wet.
If your guys share the cage maybe one day of play could be broke up so they can't wrestle while the stuff is wet. Or if they are super good about bed time maybe just try then. So they will sleep while it dries.
Good luck!
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4fabfurrits
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Username: 4fabfurrits

Post Number: 18
Registered: 06-2004
Posted on Saturday, July 31, 2004 - 10:52 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Here is a link to something I read recently about using Frontline on ferrets. After seeing that, I would definitely NOT use it on any of my pets!

http://www.redmap.co.uk/ferretsabout/html/facts.htm
Annie & The Fab4 Furrits
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Brenda
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Username: Brenda

Post Number: 457
Registered: 02-2002
Posted on Saturday, July 31, 2004 - 9:22 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Frontline is perfectly safe for ferrets and is the most widely used. Dosage is one drop per pound of the cat/kitten formula.

As for the above link, ingredients are different among country's and there is a personal agenda going on with frontline in the UK behind the scenes. As I always say, do not believe everything you read, check the sources, check other sites, ask other folks, etc. Too many false, exaggerated info out there let alone the distorted facts to fulfill someone else's agenda.
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4fabfurrits
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Username: 4fabfurrits

Post Number: 19
Registered: 06-2004
Posted on Sunday, August 01, 2004 - 4:31 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Both the US Merial and the UK Merial websites seem to agree that the active ingredient in Frontline is "fipronil". Please let me know where you read that different ingredients were used.

The link I posted led me to other websites, and a good few hours reading on the subject of Frontline and fipronil. I did check the sources, other sites, and other forums - none of which led me to believe that the information was false, exaggerated or distorted.

Personally, I have chosen not to use Frontline on my pets, but nowhere in my earlier post do I see anything that states that I think others should not use it. As I am not an expert in these matters, it is not for me to attempt to persuade people one way or the other. However, I do believe that if a question is posed in a forum and someone has relevant information on the subject, then that information should be passed on. It is then up to the questioner whether to believe that information, disbelieve it, or use it as basis for a future decision.
Annie & The Fab4 Furrits
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Brenda
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Username: Brenda

Post Number: 288
Registered: 08-2003
Posted on Sunday, August 01, 2004 - 6:36 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

I did not state you were saying not to use frontline, all I stated is do not take everything you read on the internet at face value, as there are other things going on behind the scenes that distort the information..so read, research, and verify, that goes for anything. My comment about the ingredients being different was not just for frontline, but for all meds in general. There are different formulas (% of active ingredients) used in different country's but often called the same thing.

The active ingredient in Frontline is as stated, the amount used in frontline is not a danger to the animal, of course if used as instructed. Also, Frontline like other prescription meds has gone through rigorous testing in the US to be approved, it is not an over the counter med.

Can problems occur? sure they can, it can happen with any med. Honestly, don't think you'll find many vets having anything bad to say about frontline, and it's usually there first choice as it covers more than advantage and revolution.
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Ladyhawk
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Username: Ladyhawk

Post Number: 120
Registered: 04-2004
Posted on Monday, August 02, 2004 - 2:30 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Not to get off topic HyperHunter, but I was wondering. Brenda I thought Frontline only covers fles,ticks, lice. Then I thought Revolution covered more...fleas,ticks,lice,mange,heart worm.

Did I understand something wrong? I happen to use Frontline on my dogs and cats.
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Brenda
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Username: Brenda

Post Number: 289
Registered: 08-2003
Posted on Monday, August 02, 2004 - 7:08 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

OOPS, you are correct! not to many vets like the revolution for use on ferrets though. They also kill ear mites. Advantage only works on fleas nothing more, which is why frontline is the first choice among vets.

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