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Flea4X Flea Treatment For Dogs: The Facts and Reviews

Updated on December 14, 2015
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Anna studied psychology, law, English, and animal welfare in college. She is a mother of two and aspires to become a vet some day.

An Itch To Scratch

All good dog owners want to do the best by their canine companions, constantly weighing up saving money on pet products that are newly introduced to the market and purchasing safe, effective treatments that have been proven to work. When there are so many flea treatments out there, it can be very difficult to determine which one is right for you and your pet.

Bearing all this in mind, flea4x is an extremely appealing product on paper. It is PetMed's response to Frontline, which is one of the most popular flea treatments on the market today. Flea4X is a treatment and also a repellant for common pests including fleas, tics, mites, mosquitoes and lice, which is a fantastic range as these all aid the spread of, or directly cause, some incredibly nasty diseases and conditions including dermatitis, Lyme disease, anaemia and sarcoptic mange.

Even without the thought of all these nasty diseases, the itching that is caused by flea bites is enough to drive a pet up the wall.

What's Inside?

The main ingredient used in Flea4X is Fipronil, which is widely used in leading prescription flea treatments, including Frontline. It lasts much longer than other common pesticides as it is less water-soluble, and will therefore stay on the site of application long enough to work effectively. So how does Fipronil work? And why is it so popular?

The simple answer to these two questions is that it has been tested and deemed safe by the Environmental Protection Agency, and has been proven to kill fleas, as well as other pests. Fipronil works as a neurotoxin, causing death fast in a huge range of parasites when they come into contact with it. It disrupts the normal functioning of the central nervous system, which causes the fleas to act hyper before death - meaning that after treatment the fleas will not stay deep down in the fur close to the dogs skin, as they normally would but will crawl to the surface of the fur, which can make it seem like there are more fleas than before treatment. This however is not the case, it is purely that they make themselves more apparent.

Fipronil was first registered for use in the United States in 1996 and to this day remains one of the most popular pesticides - currently being used in over 50 products. Another reason for it's deserved popularity is the fact that Fipronil is not dangerous to humans or animals unless swallowed. Direct short-term contact may result in itchiness and mild irritation, but as long as you wash your hands thoroughly after use, this shouldn't be an issue, and will usually clear up without being treated.

However, if it gets into your eyes, or has been swallowed, ensure that you seek medical advice as this can be more serious. On most pet websites where it was reviewed, Flea4X scored 3.5 stars out of 5 or better. Most dog owners who had used Flea4X stated that they were happy and satisfied with it as it was cheaper than other competing products, but they saw results after just 24 hours, with few reporting side effects. Overall, Flea4X was recommended by pet owners and vets who had used it, and there were very few negative responses to the product.

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A Few Things To Be Aware Of

ou will find that Flea4X comes in a convenient three-month supply, and each dose is packaged separately. Like most spot-on flea treatments, Flea4X should be administered by parting the hair of your dog between the animal's shoulder blades, and the dose should be applied directly on to the skin. No flea treatment should ever be applied to irritated, infected or broken skin, and Flea4X is no exception to this rule as this would cause a great deal of discomfort to your pet.

It is also of great importance that pet owners purchase the dosage recommended for their dogs weight category, as not doing so may mean the treatment is less effective. After they have received the dose, your dog should not be bathed or go out in heavy rain for 24 hours, as the solution needs enough time to dry in order to work.

The treatment should be re-applied every four weeks and while it is safe for use on dogs and puppies over the age of eight weeks, it must not be used on puppies under the age of eight weeks as the dosage would be too strong for them and may make them ill. If you need a puppy flea treatment, you can purchase these at your vets or local pet shop.

It is important to always read the instructions that come with any product you are using on your pet. Dogs may experience some redness and possibly some irritation at the site where the dose was administered, this is normally no cause for concern, but if the redness and irritation has not gone within 48 hours, it is always best to call your local veterinarian and seek advice. You may also find a white residue once the dose has dried, but this is completely normal and can be removed by simply wiping the area gently with a damp sponge


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