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Gucci had a toxic reaction to Frontline

The last time we were at the vet, they increased her Frontline dosage to the 11-22 lb range (or under 22) since she has gained 2-3 lbs since her spay, well..that and we haven't been able to go on walks everyday because of the weather and my lupus acting up..

So I gave her her first treatment of the new dose late yesterday afternoon and she was up ALL night puking, all over the bed, and so I ended up bringing her downstairs and sleeping on the well covered couch with me and then she started getting up and running the to the pad in the laundry room from diarrhea! UGH.

So after 3-4 hours of cleaning up puke and diarrhea, I feel like I have a sick infant again...I think I'm going to call the vet. I am 99% sure it was the frontline. I haven't seen Gucci puke since she was a puppy ONE time when she ate canned tuna,

I guess I could split the dose in half and make the frontline last longer. (?) But how do you store the frontline after you open it?

Maybe we'll just go back to the under 10 lb dose (will the vet agree to that?)

I'm curious if anyone has been through this before. yes, she's bigger but I don't think she is big enough for a 22lb dog dose of ANYthing

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poor baby!!!!!!! I hope she is feeling better very soon. I have no experience with Frontline-sorry. I just want her to feel better!

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I really don't know but just wanted to say I'm glad Gucci is OK.
Was there any reaction on her body or was it all inside?

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I am so sorry to hear Gucci isn't feeling well. I wouldn't split the dose, not an accurate way of measuring. If you are using it only for fleas, switch to ACV and water, then there aren't any toxins going into her system.

Could this be something else and not a reaction to the Frontline?
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Just wanted to offer HUGS to you and Gucci. So sorry

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SO sorry that she is not feeling well, did she have any skin reaction with the frontline?

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Thanks, everyone.

I really cannot think of ANYthing else she was exposed too differently yesterday, she ate the same things she does everyday. I put the Frontline on her around 5-6pm and the puking started around 1 (?) IDK....I guess it could be a fluke thing but she hasn't puked in 3 years.

Yes, I am kind of leary about cutting the dose in half and storing it.

Honestly, maybe I should cut back to the Frontline only in Sept-October, which seems to be the months they try to jump on her and are worse for some reason. I see fleas every year in early fall.

But if no-one else has ever heard of this type of reaction from Frontline, maybe it is a fluke thing. I just don't think she is big enough for the 'up to 22 lb' dose, I really should've known better.

At any rate, she is acting fine now. She won't eat, but she is drinking.
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Kara, I am so glad Gucci is ok! My big fat 19 and 24 lb boys use the up to 22lb frontline. I did switch Cash to the next size up as he is over 22lbs...but me and the vet decided it was not worth the extra load of chemicals as he is only 2 lbs over. But we use it year round.

If you are worried about fleas and ticks perhaps go back to the smaller dosage and use a an all natural topical-- we use a spray called tick guard (it smells of cedar and rosmary) we use unsented wipes and I just add a bit to the container of wipes so they get dome of the repellant everytime we wipe their paws and muzzles.

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Kara, I had a cat that couldn't handle any flea meds without the type of reaction you describe... she'd also foam at the mouth. I didn't give her flea meds after that happened twice.

Tucker has that kind of reaction after several of his vaccinations, including rabies. He'd tremble and jerk for hours, drool, throw up, diarrhea, it is awful. If I have to get him any shots in the future, (rabies... oh, dear,) I will give them to him first thing in the morning, and after a dose of benadryl. His flea meds don't bother him, but I watch him like a hawk when I give them to him, too.

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Kara, I hope Gucci is fine today. Does Frontline come with a 10 pound size dose?? I thought the smallest dose was the up to 22 pound size.
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