Dr. Webb's Blogg
6/7/11: FRONTLINE/FIPRONYL: With Walmart's new fipronyl product available Over The Counter this year (you can't miss the ad's on TV), we have been getting questions about it vs. Frontline. For several years now, we have not been selling the plain Frontline, but Frontline Plus, which includes fipronyl and methoprene, an insect growth regulator, which makes the product very superior for all stages of the flea life cycle (eggs through adults). Furthermore, we also know and trust the research that Merial put into the selection of their carrier (the chemical that helps the fipronyl and methoprene spread over the body). We have had very few reactions to the Frontline Plus product, know, and trust its effectiveness.
[It has come to my attention, that the "generic" products in the market place, both from Walmart and other companies, are a combination of fipronyl and methoprene - Merial has won a couple of law suites over these products as this combination is still under patent protection, and the selling or dispensing of the combination product is most likely a violation of the court order]. As new generics become available, only time will tell if they are of the same quality, safety, and effectiveness of the original, or whether they will cause more skin reactions or other issues with pets. For flea control only, especially in households with small children (or grandchildren), I do feel that the newer oral products will prove Superior and safer (spinosad - Comfortis/Trifexis: see below). For both fleas and ticks, I am still most comfortable using the name brand, and recommend buying it from a reputable source that can purchase directly from the manufacturer as counterfeit products do exist and are present in the marketplace (for more information, visit one of the many websites, such as the fda's site).
5/16/11: This year for flea season, we have decided to phase out Sentinel in favor of Lilly's new Trifexis flea and heartworm product. While I am not usually one to jump on new products until they have been thoroughly "tested" in the marketplace, last summer a number of our clients were using Interceptor for heartworms along with Lilly's Comfortis flea tablet with excellent results. Trifexis has the same active ingredient that I have come to love in Interceptor and Sentinel for heartworm, roundworm, hookworm and whipworm control combined with the flea killing ingredient in Comfortis in one monthly tablet. For clients that desire to stay with Sentinel, we still have some in stock, and will continue to be able to custom order it through our home delivery partner VetCentric.
4/16/2011: To my clients: I am very sorry for the inconvenience I caused this week. I had a physical set back last Sunday, April 10, and was required to spend a couple of days in the hospital. I am grateful to Dr. Skinner for the help he provided this week, and for the help that he will continue to provide to make sure that your pet's needs are taken care of. I also owe a huge Thank you to my staff for taking up a lot of slack in my absence. I should be back to work soon, however, I will have a reduced workload and schedule until at least mid-June. Again. I am sorry for this inconvenience, and greatly appreciate your patience and trust.