The efficacy of Fipronil (Frontline (R)) against ectoparasites: control of lice, mites and mallophages in diverse small animals

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2000
Authors:C. W. Beck
Journal:Tierärztliche Umschau
Pagination:244 - 250
Date Published:2000
Keywords:autumnalis, bird, cat, caviae, Cheyletiella, diagnosis, Dog Diseases, Felicola, Fipronil, infestation, Linognathus, Lynxacarus, Mallophaga, mammal, mange, Neotrombicula, Otodectes, Polyplax, Sarcoptes scabiei, setosus, small, spray, subrostratus, Trichodectes, Trixacarus

Nineteen clinical reports on the efficacy of fipronil (Frontline(R) Spray and Spot On) against a number of external parasites in different species of small animals are reviewed. In addition to dogs and cats the preparation was successfully administered to guinea pigs, hamsters, rats, mice, budgerigars, pigeons and reptiles for the elimination of pest arthropods. Effective parasite was observed for Etodectes cynotis, Sarcoptes scabei, Cheyletiella yasguri, Neotrombicula autumnalis, Lynxacarus radovsky, Trichodectis canis, Felicola subrostraties, Lignognathus setosus, Trixacarus caviae Polyplax spinulosa, Polyplax serrata, Liperuus spp., Columbicula columbae and Campanulotes bidentus compar. Fipronil kills these parasites rapidly and with a durable effect, allowing lesions of skin and feathers to improve and reducing severe pruritis. Possible contraindications in animals species such as the rabbit, squirrel, hedgehog and Galliformes are discussed. Frontline(R) spray is also effective as an environmental decontaminant.

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