Parastar Plus Flea and Tick For Dogs Review

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You want the best flea and tick control for your dog that you can buy but there are so many products on the market that it’s hard to choose one.

Don’t worry; we’re here to help. Today we’re looking at Parastar Plus to see if it’s a safe, effective way to help you fight fleas on your dog.

We’ll take a look at what’s in it, how you use it, and what users are saying about it.

Company Claims

Parastar is marketed by Novartis Animal Health US specifically for dogs. As a matter of fact, the company specifically warns that it can’t be used on cats. The company claims that it’s the most successful small animal flea medication because of its broad-spectrum capabilities. It kills:

  • Fleas
  • Ticks
  • Lice
  • Controls mites

The treatments come in 4 different packages designed for small, medium, large and extra-large dogs.

Active Ingredients

Parastar Plus contains 2 active ingredients that act together to offer the broad-spectrum protection.

  • Fipronil
  • Cyphenothrin

How it Works

Fipronil acts on the nervous system of fleas and ticks to cause hyperexcitability that leads to death. Cyphenothrin also acts on the nervous system but in exactly the opposite way: it causes paralysis that leads to death.

Both begin working immediately and you can see dead fleas in as little as an hour. Because fipronil is much more water-resistant than other flea treatments, the product’s efficacy may last longer.

What Are Users Saying?

As with just about any spot on, reviews on this are about equally divided, though it tends to veer more toward the “doesn’t work” category for people with heavy infestations. Of course, there’s no way to tell if they were treating their homes and yards too, or just their pets so it could be a case of poor control methods. What most people do agree on is the excellent tick control.

Usage Information

Apply the dosage formulated for the weight of your pet directly between the shoulder blades. Allow 24 hours for the product to dry before swimming or bathing. You can use it on dogs and puppies 12 weeks and older and should reapply monthly.

Product Warnings and Side Effects

This product is tolerated fairly well by most animals but individual sensitivities may occur including skin irritation or allergic reactions including respiratory problems though that is rare.

Parastar Plus is a chemical pesticide and therefore carries with it inherent risks of overexposure or toxicity. Keep away from kids and wash your hands as soon as you apply it if you don’t wear gloves.

Conclusion

Parastar Plus is a spot on flea treatment created specifically to fight fleas and ticks on your dog. It’s not made for cats and it’s efficacy against fleas in a heavy-infestation situation is questionable. It’s often used in place of Frontline with mixed results. Since all pets and situations are different use with care but there’s no evidence that it’s any less effective than any other over-the-counter spot on flea medication.

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If you’ve used Parastar Plus, please let us know how it worked for you in the comments section below.



6 Responses to “Parastar Plus Flea and Tick For Dogs Review”
  1. shannon says:

    My pug, 12 pounds is having an allergic reaction to this. Bathed twice in dawn dishsoap and 25mg of benedryl.

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  2. Kathy says:

    Used this this season for the first time. We have been fighting fleas for the last month. Never had a problem with our Lhasa and she is 5. Our dog has bites all over her. I will not use this anymore. What I have left is going to be trashed. Going back to Frontline Plus even if my vet isn’t happy. Working on keeping our home from being infested as well. Hate this stuff. Thumbs down.

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  3. Kathy says:

    Definitely don’t recommend. Fighting fleas for the first time in 5 years with my Lhasa. Back to Frontline Plus. I’ll be sure to tell my vet that what he prescribed….was a waste of money.

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  4. Michelle says:

    My 75 pound 10 month old lab is having an allergic reaction to ParaStar. After hours of pacing the house, fidgeting, scratching and inability to calm we washed him thoroughly in vinegar and antibacterial hand soap (what we use during his allergy season). We gave him 2 benedryl and rubbed him until he fell asleep. Very disappointed but I am glad I only bought one dose! Never had this issue with Vectra!

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  5. Denise says:

    Vet recommended this instead of the usual frontline plus. I’ve had 3 different over the years and never did I have a flea problem.
    I’ve used it twice now and guess what he still has fleas and I’m not happy. This stuff is awful.
    I will throw the remaining away, rewash my poor dog and refumigate my house.
    Don’t waste you’re money on this no matter what the vets say, they probably get paid to use it

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  6. Denise says:

    Vet recommended this instead of the usual frontline plus. I’ve had 3 different dogs
    over the years and never did I have a flea problem.
    I’ve used it twice now and guess what he still has fleas and I’m not happy. This stuff is awful.
    I will throw the remaining away, rewash my poor dog and refumigate my house.
    Don’t waste you’re money on this no matter what the vets say, they probably get paid to use it

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