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Parastar for Fleas and Ticks

Toby experienced a severe colitis attack after receiving his Comfortis/Interceptor dose. This was his second Comfortis and he was lethargic after the first dose. Yogi's trainer also gave Toby some rich treats during the training session last weekend so we suspect that the rich treats and Comfortis caused this episode to be more severe than his usual colitis attacks. After discussing with his vet and confirming she's had other IBD patients with similar reactions to Comfortis and Trifexis we are going to be going back to Heartgard Plus (with twice yearly fecal exams) and a new flea and tick topical called Parastar Plus.

Does anyone on the board use this product? If so, how effective is it in repelling fleas and ticks?
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Bumping up? Anyone using this product with experience?
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My dogs are sleepy after they get their dose of advantix. It happens every time.
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I've never heard of this topical before. What did your Vet say about it such as effectiveness, side effects, etc.?

I've tried just about every topical on the market and have had no luck with any of them repelling fleas, think the high humidity in this area might have something to do with it. Both of my guys are on Trifexis, Comfortis before that.

Ticks aren't much of a problem for me in this area either. I can count on one hand the number of times I've found a tick on either of them, same with my bridge boy that lived 15.5 years.
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I think Parastar is faily new, I don't even know if my vet carries it.
I think there are three new flea/tick products on the market now, the one I stay away from is the Certifect.
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I think Parastar is faily new, I don't even know if my vet carries it.
I think there are three new flea/tick products on the market now, the one I stay away from is the Certifect.
It's my understanding from going to the website that it's distributed to all states now, but it's fairly new in a lot of states. After Toby's issues with Comfortis I really hope this works as I prefer topical to oral and he is at risk for ticks since we walk him so much.
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I have never head of Parastar before.

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Here is the website: Parastar

At first blush this sounds just like Frontline Plus, except it's manufactured by Novartis, not Merial, but I think it's the same active ingredient. The vet said you don't apply as much.

I hope it works- it's twice as expensive as Frontline Plus!
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I am doing a small research project on Parastar vs. Frontline and found this from a veterinary website:

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Parastar Plus is a new monthly topical using the same base molecule as Frontline but with an added pyrethrin component that agitates ticks, causing them to move around more. This exposes the tick to more of the fipronil that kills them, and makes them much less likely to attach. We have seen both faster tick kill and far fewer attached ticks on dogs with Parastar Plus on. It also works on adult fleas.
source: Our Updated Recommendations for Flea & Tick Prevention | PenBay Veterinary Associates

I sure hope this is true!
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