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Lance


Rattie
Rattie
12/31/2009 2:17 AM RE: Fleas and Frontline  
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eiramillek


Ratterific
Ratterific
05/26/2010 7:58 AM RE: Fleas and Frontline  
I'm sorry. I hope you find something that works for you. Have you looked into K9 Advantix or a different brand. Frontline has always worked for my family dog and now my own rattie.
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ivy


Feisty
Feisty
05/26/2010 8:28 AM RE: Fleas and Frontline  
In my opinion (dog groomer point of view) flea collars are garbage anyway, I use Advantage every once in a while and it works for us. The thing about flea bites is they will continue to itch for 7-14 days after you get rid of the buggers. If you use a Tar and Sulfur shampoo letting it sit on the dog for 10-15min before rinsing (it does kill fleas) then put the Advantage on it will some what sooth the skin and help it heal. Advantage is very safe my vet tech friend uses it on everything from chickens, squirrels to kitten and puppies. If you get a big dog dose and count the drops you put on the little ones it is very economical too. Dosing is a drop per pound with a few extra for good measure.
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Milo's Mommy


Newbie
Newbie
05/26/2010 8:31 AM RE: Fleas and Frontline  
I would suggest trying the Advantix. Just don't buy anything like Hartz! The pesticide used in it can damage your pet or even kill it! I have heard Dawn regular dish soap works good! I ordered the shoo!Tags(http://www.shootag.com/), that I saw mentioned on another thread, for my dogs. I really don't want to resort to using pesticides on my babies. I hope you find something that works!

Christina - Mommy to three cats and two dogs!

Treat every frustrating situation like a dog. Pee on it and walk away! - Anonymous
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MindiK


Ratastic
Ratastic
05/26/2010 8:33 AM RE: Fleas and Frontline  
We were looking into Advantage or Advantix....thanks, y'all!
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NavyDvrWife


Bratty Ratty
Bratty Ratty
05/26/2010 8:36 AM RE: Fleas and Frontline  

I think if you use anything long enough, the fleas become resistant to it.  We were using Advantage for several years and all the sudden we had fleas.  We switched to Frontline Plus and voila, fleas are gone.  I've not personally had a problem with the Frontline Plus yet.  I did use K9 Advvantix for a while and liked it well enough, it was just quite a bit more expensive than the Frontline Plus or Advantage.


~ Errica
Batman, Blondie and Brock's Mommy
New Rattitude - VA/NC State Coordinator & Volunteer
www.newrattitude.org
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rattytatty


Training Moderator
Training Moderator
05/26/2010 8:40 AM RE: Fleas and Frontline  
We live in a very rural area and I fought fleas/ticks all last summer. Frontline Plus simply did NOT work, and Advantix did not either. I used Comfortis (a pill) for fleas and it did a good job. Never saw a flea on any of my dogs, but I need something which will ward off ticks also. Comfortis targets only fleas.

I hate to put ANY chemicals on my dogs, but living where I do... I have no choice. A friend of mine who is also an agility competitor and a vet recommended a relatively new product called VECTRA3D. She brought some to me at the last trial in mid-April and applied it on my dogs. She brought the six-pack for large dogs, and one application treated all four of my dogs. I'm impressed. I have not seen one tick... or one flea... on any of my dogs for a month. I applied another dose this week. So I plan to keep using it. It's not cheap... but none of these products are!

~Nora~
Mom to Lil'Bit, OCD...MACH2 Bailey, CGC, MXS, MJG, Piper, MX, MXJ, and FC Alora, RA, CA
"Every time I lose a dog they take a piece of my heart with them. And every new dog who comes into my life, gifts me with a piece of their heart. If I live long enough, all the components of my heart will be dog, and I will become as generous and loving as they are." ~~Author Unknown~~
(RIP Hoss Man 3/2/2009) (RIP Buster 11/14/11)
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Cash's Mom


Ratterific
Ratterific
05/26/2010 9:16 AM RE: Fleas and Frontline  
The original Dawn dishsoap will kill the ones they already have. Just soap them up really well making sure to work down to their skin and you'll see dead fleas start to come to the surface. For Cash, we use Sentinel which is a heartworm/flea combo pill. It doesn't kill adult fleas, but kills the eggs so they can't reproduce, it works great for us. Good luck!
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rattytatty


Training Moderator
Training Moderator
05/26/2010 9:29 AM RE: Fleas and Frontline  
There are a lot of good products for flea control. I really liked Comfortis.. and Sentinel is another good one. But living in the "sticks" like I do, I have to have something that will also ward off ticks. I know a lot of folks who live in the city who just use a flea control product that does not include tick control, because ticks aren't really much of an issue where they live.

~Nora~
Mom to Lil'Bit, OCD...MACH2 Bailey, CGC, MXS, MJG, Piper, MX, MXJ, and FC Alora, RA, CA
"Every time I lose a dog they take a piece of my heart with them. And every new dog who comes into my life, gifts me with a piece of their heart. If I live long enough, all the components of my heart will be dog, and I will become as generous and loving as they are." ~~Author Unknown~~
(RIP Hoss Man 3/2/2009) (RIP Buster 11/14/11)
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MindiK


Ratastic
Ratastic
05/26/2010 9:29 AM RE: Fleas and Frontline  
I've heard some bad things about the Comfortis...making dogs sick and lethargic. Had any problems with that Nora?
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rattytatty


Training Moderator
Training Moderator
05/26/2010 9:54 AM RE: Fleas and Frontline  
Absolutely not. I know a LOT of agility folks who use it and have heard from no one who doesn't like it.

Are you sure you are not thinking about Promeris? I have had two friends who almost lost their dogs when Promeris was applied... and my vet quit carrying it.

As with any "chemical" there are always risks of side effects, which is why I hate using them. I just feel I have no choice. My dogs are outside on the farm a lot and if they aren't treated, would be loaded with ticks and fleas.

~Nora~
Mom to Lil'Bit, OCD...MACH2 Bailey, CGC, MXS, MJG, Piper, MX, MXJ, and FC Alora, RA, CA
"Every time I lose a dog they take a piece of my heart with them. And every new dog who comes into my life, gifts me with a piece of their heart. If I live long enough, all the components of my heart will be dog, and I will become as generous and loving as they are." ~~Author Unknown~~
(RIP Hoss Man 3/2/2009) (RIP Buster 11/14/11)
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rattytatty


Training Moderator
Training Moderator
05/26/2010 9:56 AM RE: Fleas and Frontline  
Comfortis is a pill. Promeris is applied directly to the dog like Frontline Plus.

~Nora~
Mom to Lil'Bit, OCD...MACH2 Bailey, CGC, MXS, MJG, Piper, MX, MXJ, and FC Alora, RA, CA
"Every time I lose a dog they take a piece of my heart with them. And every new dog who comes into my life, gifts me with a piece of their heart. If I live long enough, all the components of my heart will be dog, and I will become as generous and loving as they are." ~~Author Unknown~~
(RIP Hoss Man 3/2/2009) (RIP Buster 11/14/11)
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ShellyeJo


Terrier Terror
Terrier Terror
05/26/2010 10:43 AM RE: Fleas and Frontline  
My vet uses Comfortis on her animals and said she really likes it. I haven't switched to it yet. Still have some Advantage so we are using that until it is all gone.

Mom to Tucker (Rattie/Chi), Maddy (Rattie), & Jackson (Ridgeback Mix)
RIP Lucky (Chi) 06.04.10
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MindiK


Ratastic
Ratastic
05/26/2010 12:36 PM RE: Fleas and Frontline  
How much is the Comfortis? I know Advantage and Advantix are higher than Frontline. And is Comfortis ONLY available from a vet?
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rattytatty


Training Moderator
Training Moderator
05/26/2010 2:34 PM RE: Fleas and Frontline  
It's not cheap, but I honestly don't remember because I switched to Vectra3D. yes... comfortis is only available at the vet's office.

Unfortunately, NONE of these things are cheap! And when you have multiple dogs as I do, it really runs into the money when you add heartworm preventive meds to it too.

~Nora~
Mom to Lil'Bit, OCD...MACH2 Bailey, CGC, MXS, MJG, Piper, MX, MXJ, and FC Alora, RA, CA
"Every time I lose a dog they take a piece of my heart with them. And every new dog who comes into my life, gifts me with a piece of their heart. If I live long enough, all the components of my heart will be dog, and I will become as generous and loving as they are." ~~Author Unknown~~
(RIP Hoss Man 3/2/2009) (RIP Buster 11/14/11)
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Lucylu


Firehouse Big Dog
Firehouse Big Dog
05/26/2010 2:58 PM RE: Fleas and Frontline  
Okay, very silly question. But none of my dogs have ever had fleas, and the dogs we had growing up didn't either.

I know that fleas can be contacted from another dog, and from your home if infested, yards etc. So does another flea infected animal have to leave it?

My dogs are rarely in contact with other dogs, and no dogs actually visit our home (we are not hermits really ). And they are on Revolution year round.
So I am just curious, because i am sure you guys are equally as vigiliant as I am, so how come there is a flea problem, and in certain areas more than other.

Layla
Mommy to Lucy, Fiona, Kip, Cassie, and Angel Sally
Rest in Peace my sweet Sally (June 4, 1998-October 18, 2013)
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