Difference between Frontline Plus & Frontline Gold for Dogs

By Jenny Nolan / February 11, 2018

External parasites are organisms that live on animals, but offer no benefits, while causing harm and drawing nourishment by feeding on their hosts.

External parasites are called ectoparasites.

They range in importance from harmless, barely noticeable beasts to a range of more problematic creatures that can be highly irritating or even life-threatening for your dog.

The most common external parasites affecting dogs are fleas and of the most effective ways of treating your dog for parasites is with the use of Frontline Plus or Frontline Gold.

Both products require monthly applications and are safe to use in all dogs and puppies above 8 weeks of age. Frontline Plus is safe to use in breeding, pregnant and lactating bitches, while the usage of Frontline Gold in these cases should be discussed with a veterinarian.


Frontline Plus vs Frontline Gold

Professional's Choice
Frontline Gold for Dogs 5-22 lbs Orange (6 Monthly Doses)
Frontline Plus for Dogs Small Dog (5-22 pounds) Flea and Tick Treatment, 6 Doses
Product
Frontline Gold
Frontline Plus
Prime Delivery
Rating
Kills Fleas
Kills Flea Eggs and Larvae
Kills Ticks
Lice
Time to Work
Starts in 30 Minutes
12 Hours
Safe for Pregnant Females?
Consult Your Vet
Yes
Active Ingredients
Fipronil, (S)-Methoprene, Pyriproxyfen
Fipronil, (S)-Methoprene
How to Use
Apply to Skin
Apply to Skin
Professional's Choice
Frontline Gold for Dogs 5-22 lbs Orange (6 Monthly Doses)
Product
Frontline Gold
Prime Delivery
Rating
Kills Fleas
Kills Flea Eggs and Larvae
Kills Ticks
Lice
Time to Work
Starts in 30 Minutes
Safe for Pregnant Females?
Consult Your Vet
Active Ingredients
Fipronil, (S)-Methoprene, Pyriproxyfen
How to Use
Apply to Skin
Frontline Plus for Dogs Small Dog (5-22 pounds) Flea and Tick Treatment, 6 Doses
Product
Frontline Plus
Prime Delivery
Rating
Kills Fleas
Kills Flea Eggs and Larvae
Kills Ticks
Lice
Time to Work
12 Hours
Safe for Pregnant Females?
Yes
Active Ingredients
Fipronil, (S)-Methoprene
How to Use
Apply to Skin

These ubiquitous little creatures are without doubt the single most common cause of medical skin conditions in dogs, and canine skin problems account for more visits to the vet than any other single condition.

Other external parasites, such as ticks, are not as common, but are potentially more serious. In many regions of the world, ticks transmit potentially life-threatening rickettsial and protozoal diseases such as Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

Some external parasites are transmitted to pet dogs through direct contact with other dogs. Others may be picked up through contact with other animals. Ticks are picked up directly from areas of grass and other vegetation, where the parasites lie in wait for a suitable host.

Most external parasites are contagious to other dogs and may also pass to and from other species, such as cats, foxes and rabbits. If one of your pets has external parasites it is safe to assume that they all do.

Fortunately, most external parasites are relatively easy to diagnose and respond well to existing therapies. What is more important, infestations with external parasites can be easily prevented. One of the best products for external parasites control, available on the market is Frontline.

When to use Frontline

For achieving on-going ectoparasites control, Frontline needs to be applied monthly. It is best advised to begin the treatment well before the fleas and ticks season and continue the treatment through the year. Depending on the area where you live it may be needed to use Frontline all year round. If you notice parasites on your dog, shortly after applying Frontline it is most likely that the parasite came from the dog’s environment and will soon be killed by the product. Therefore re-applying before the product’s potential decreases is not needed.

How does Frontline Flea Treatment work

In order for the topical treatment to work, the oily liquid must first mix with the oils of the skin and spread through the skin’s pores, all over the dog’s body. This process is called translocation. The translocation may be slightly delayed in dogs with extremely dry skin and in caged dogs with limited mobility. Once external parasites come in contact with the active substance in the Frontline product they are killed within 24-48 hours.

Another benefit of Frontline is that its active substances store in the skin’s oil glands. Therefore swimming and baths do not reduce the product’s performance. However, it should be noted that bathing and swimming are not recommended for 3 days before and after the application of the Frontline product.

Are Frontline products safe

All Frontline products are extensively tested and well tolerated by dogs even at five times the recommended dosage on the label. Young puppies may be treated starting from 8 weeks of age.

Beyond common ticks and fleas

Through successful tick and flea control, you also address and prevent several secondary problems such as:

  • Irritated and inflamed skin, as well as secondary bacterial and fungal infections due to excessive scratching
  • Flea allergy dermatitis
  • Anemias
  • Tapeworm
  • Babesiosis
  • Ehrilichiosis
  • Haemobartonellosis
  • Tick-borne viral encephalitis
  • Tick paralysis
  • Hepatozoonosis
  • Chlamydiosis
  • Roundworms

Frontline Plus

What is Frontline Plus

Frontline Plus is a monthly topical tick and flea preventative for dogs. Regular use of Frontline Plus effectively and efficiently breaks the fleas and ticks life cycle and keeps them broken. Frontline Plus kills ticks within 24-48 hours of application and fleas within 12-24 hours of application.

Active ingredients in Frontline Plus

Frontline Plus contains two active substances:

  • Fipronil
  • S-methoprene.

Fipronil acts by interfering with the adult fleas’ nerve cells, thus causing them to become disorientated and hyperactive before they paralyze and die. On the other, S-methoprene interrupts the egg production, the hatching of the fleas and the larval development. The S-methoprene acts like an insect growth regulator.

Advantages of using Frontline Plus

Frontline Plus has many advantages over other anti-ectoparasitic treatments. Frontline Plus is:

  • Effective against both adult and immature ticks of several species (the brown dog tick, the American dog tick, the lone star tick, the deer tick)
  • Effective against both adult and immature fleas
  • Effective against chewing lice
  • Aids in controlling sarcoptic mange
  • Approved for use in dogs of all ages
  • Gentle enough to be used in pregnant, breeding and lactating bitches
  • Waterproof

Frontline Plus dosage

Frontline Plus comes in several applicator sizes:

  • 67 ml applicators for dogs and puppies up to 22 lbs
  • 34 ml applicators for dogs 23-44 lbs
  • 68 ml applicators for dogs 45-88 lbs
  • 02 ml applicators for dogs 89-132 lbs.

How to apply Frontline Plus

Before applying, you need to divide the dog’s coat and reveal a line of naked skin. To properly apply the product, place the applicator tip directly on the skin, between the shoulder blades. Squeeze out the tube’s content to form a stripe as you move from the shoulder blades along the dog’s back to the base of the tail. The entire content of the applicator needs to be applied in a single treatment.

Warning

If you miss a dose of Frontline Plus, give one as soon as you remember. Never give a double dose in order to compensate.

It should be noted that if swallowed the product is harmful. In case of accident call your veterinarian immediately.

Frontline Gold

What is Frontline Gold

Frontline Gold is the latest and most powerful, monthly tick and flea protection for dogs. Frontline® Gold kills ticks within 24-48 hours of application and starts killing fleas within 30 minutes of application, while achieving 100% effect in 12 hours.

Additionally, regular use of Frontline Gold on your dog reduces the risk of flea infestations in your home.

Active ingredients in Frontline Gold

Frontline® Gold features a specifically designed, triple action formula that consists of:

  • Fipronil
  • S-methoprene
  • Pyriproxyfen

Fipronil acts by interfering with the adult fleas’ nerve cells, thus causing them to become disorientated and hyperactive before they paralyze and die. On the other, S-methoprene interrupts the egg production, the hatching of the fleas and the larval development. The S-methoprene acts like an insect growth regulator. The additional active substance, the pyriproxyfen is also an insect growth regulator. Pyriproxyfen disables the flea egg production and hatching. Pyriproxyfen does not act against adult fleas and ticks.

Advantages of using Frontline Gold

Frontline Gold has many advantages over other anti-ectoparasitic treatments. Frontline® Gold is:

  • Effective against both adult and immature ticks of several species (the brown dog tick, the American dog tick, the lone star tick, the deer tick)
  • Effective against both adult and immature fleas
  • Effective against chewing lice
  • Aids in controlling sarcoptic mange
  • Approved for use in dogs of all ages
  • Waterproof
  • Easy-to-use.

Frontline Gold dosage

Frontline Gold comes in several applicator sizes:

  • 67 ml applicators for dogs and puppies up to 22 lbs
  • 34 ml applicators for dogs 23-44 lbs
  • 68 ml applicators for dogs 45-88 lbs
  • 02 ml applicators for dogs 89-132 lbs.

How to apply Frontline Gold

Before applying, you need to divide the dog’s coat and reveal a line of naked skin. To properly apply the product, place the applicator tip directly on the skin, between the shoulder blades. Squeeze out the tube’s content to form a stripe as you move from the shoulder blades along the dog’s back to the base of the tail. The entire content of the applicator needs to be applied in a single treatment.

Warning

If you miss a dose of Frontline Gold, give one as soon as you remember. Never give a double dose in order to compensate.

It should be noted that if swallowed the product is harmful. In case of an accident call your veterinarian immediately.

If your bitch is breeding, pregnant or lactating, your veterinarian must approve the use of Frontline Gold.

About the author

    Jenny Nolan

    Hey, I'm Jenny and along with Mom Sue the main contributor here at Cleaner Paws. As a mother-daughter partnership, we absolutely adore animals and together have over 40 plus years of pet grooming experience!

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    Luci

    Have often wondered what the actual difference was between plus and gold so thanks for actually laying it out in an easy to understand manner!

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