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smeans
Smeans  (Level: 109.2 - Posts: 301)
Tue, 6th May '08 2:40 PM

QUESTION FOR PET OWNERS

Okay, it's getting summer time here and flea and tick season is upon us. My question is this...What do you use on your pets to kept the fleas and ticks away? I hadn't seen a flea one until I took the cat to be neutered and when it came back I started noticing fleas on both the cat and dog. I tried the BioSpot stuff, which is what I had been using for years and this year it hasn't touched the blasted things. So I broke down and bought some Frontline Plus and though is doing a better job of controlling the fleas and such we still don't have total control. I am considering K-9 Advantix but know nothing about it. So what do you all use and are you happy with it? tomorrow night I am going to put lawn treatment down to try and kill the things in the yard because it's suppose to rain Thursday here and that saves me from having to water the stuff into the lawn. Any suggestions??

rnmorg
Rnmorg  (Level: 128.2 - Posts: 690)
Tue, 6th May '08 2:47 PM

I use K-9 Advantix and found it to be a lot better at keeping ticks off, which is actually why I use it (my dogs are not outside dogs, but we go on walks in the woods) However, if you already now have an infestation, it may be necessary to do a flea bomb before you begin their treatment.

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Tue, 6th May '08 3:01 PM

I used the Advantix (or whatever its called) and it did nothing. Our dogs were COVERED in ticks. I actually ended up getting a refund from the vet and purchased (on their recommendation) Frontline. Frontline keeps my dogs tick-free and we live out in the country. They say they last 30 days but one application usually works the entire summer for us. This is coming from someone who once pulled 30 ticks off of Clyde in one sitting.

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Tue, 6th May '08 3:02 PM

P.S. - we don't have flea problems so not sure what to do about that.

taco24
Taco24  (Level: 131.0 - Posts: 589)
Tue, 6th May '08 3:12 PM

I use "Revolution"

No problems with it either.

diva305
Diva305  (Level: 146.6 - Posts: 1651)
Tue, 6th May '08 3:13 PM

Avon Skin So Soft

lisap369
Lisap369  (Level: 61.1 - Posts: 992)
Tue, 6th May '08 3:20 PM

Advantix works great for fleas on my cats... until one of them developed an allergy .. I'm at a loss now too.

Ticks? dunno, never had 'em

1mks
1mks  (Level: 210.8 - Posts: 5883)
Tue, 6th May '08 3:42 PM

I definitely urge you to use the Frontline. When I get home, I will send you the address where I get mine. It is about half price and that is important when you are buying it for all pets. It kills the eggs also so it stops the whole cycle.

donden
Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Tue, 6th May '08 3:46 PM

Have used Frontline for the last few years with good success. After fleas are discovered it is necessary to treat the carpeting because that's where they call home when their not on the animal. Carpet sprays can be purchased at most vets. Don't use bug sprays like Raid etc. Dogs will get it on their paws and lick it off which is not recommended. I think the whole secret is getting the treatment on the dog BEFORE the fleas are active. Since we have been treating early we have not had any problems.

nelly
Nelly  (Level: 172.0 - Posts: 1167)
Tue, 6th May '08 4:43 PM

We've always used Frontline here for both dogs and cats (different product for both), never had a problem. I also use Acclaim flea spray after a good spring clean - it can be purchased from vets and is good for carpets, pet bedding, hard floors, under the beds etc. Spray in cracks in wood floors, around skirting boards, cupboard bases etc. It will last for up to 12 months - provided you leave the residue! It prevents eggs & larvae from maturing. I have never had an infestation here, although the vet has told me about people who've come home after a holiday and the house has been crawling - he reckoned Acclaim would avoid that. As for ticks - I've only had 1 dog and 2 cats that tended to pick up these horrible things (they must go to just the right places) - and I seem to have the knack of picking them off quickly without leaving the mouth parts in the animal. I think Frontline does help a little with ticks but I just pick em off. Like Lodi, I tend to find I only need to use 1 or 2 applications a year - I don't like to use chemicals on pets more than necessary.
Acclaim may go under a different name in the USA but it contains Precor so I'm sure the vet will advise you.

smaug
Smaug  (Level: 141.2 - Posts: 2772)
Tue, 6th May '08 5:01 PM

I have pet fleas. I use pepper spray to keep the dogs away.

bushyfox
Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Tue, 6th May '08 5:13 PM

Currently, I don't have either a cat or a dog, but years ago have had both. Diligent searching of the animal will help prevent tick paralysis/death, apart from (hopefully) keeping the animal away from places that ticks frequent. Remove ticks with fine-point forceps or tweezers as close to the skin as you can get, or smother the li'l nasty with vaseline. Don't put anything more potent than vaseline on your pet to remove a tick. You may use some soothing ointment that your vet recommends after the tick removal though.

Something I saw on a TV pet show recently alarmed me though: I never knew that you could not use a dog's flea remedy on a cat! One poor kittycat was near death from an owner's attempt to save money and use the same preparation on BOTH her pets! The cat had gone into shock, and was having difficulty breathing, and had to be hospitalized.


~Bev

1mks
1mks  (Level: 210.8 - Posts: 5883)
Tue, 6th May '08 5:20 PM

Naturally, now I can't find the address. Computer crashed and it is on the fried computer. If you just google Frontline though, it comes up with lots of places to buy via computer ... free shipping, etc.

scifidwarf
Scifidwarf  (Level: 140.2 - Posts: 249)
Tue, 6th May '08 5:44 PM

We use Hartz 4 in 1 Flea & Tick Drops Plus+. Use one applicator per month. We also give her a flea bath every two weeks during the season. It seems to help quite a bit.

papermanbill
Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1313)
Tue, 6th May '08 6:01 PM

If you have a Petsmart near you, $29.00 does the trick and your pooch will smell better than you, Flea-less. Our local Petsmart has groomers come in two hours earlier than opening. I don't know what soap they use but we haven't had a flea in two years.

smeans
Smeans  (Level: 109.2 - Posts: 301)
Tue, 6th May '08 7:01 PM

*shudder* Hartz....no....no....no.....I bought some of the Sargent's stuff (made by Hartz) last summer and almost killed my dog with it. I put it on her and she did her normal going crazy thing like when I put the Bio-spot on her. A few hours later she was panting and drooling, her pupils looked like pin pricks and she was twitching (having little seizures) frequently. I quickly googled the Sargent's stuff and found many horror stories about it and promptly grabbed the kids ran to the grocery store and bought the biggest bottle of Dawn dish liquid I could find and came home threw the dog into the bathtub and literally scrubbed and rinsed for almost an hour, using over half the bottle of Dawn on her before I pulled her out towel dried her good and wrapped her in a blanket and watched her all night long in case she got worse and I needed to make an emergency run to the vet. The next morning she was fine, but she scared the life out of me. I kept thinking, OMG, I have poisoned my dog. I won't ever by Hartz again.

She was just taken to the groomer a week and a half ago and shaved down, which makes it much easier to see the fleas on her. Ticks haven't really been an issue with her thankfully but I am having fits with the fleas. I usually don't start worrying about treating the dog until around mid-April but since I took the cat to get neutered in early March and he came back with them they caught me off guard and got a head start on me. Gonna treat the lawn, need to treat the house with some of those flea bomb things but to do that I have to take the hamsters with us where ever we go while it is fumigating the house and seal off the 55 gallon aquarium in the living room good, which is a nightmare and somehow herd Rob out of the house....LOL I'll give the Frontline another shot once I do all the De-fleaing in the house and yard. The fleas I have been finding here and there and they aren't the big full grow, full of egg ones that I had been pulling off her before the frontline, they are smaller, younger looking ones. Hopefully the cycle is breaking and soon we will be flea free. *happy dance* I hope so anyway because I hate the little suckers.

I just didn't know if the Advantix stuff worked better than the Frontline Plus stuff or not. Looks like they work about the same from the comments I am reading. I'll treat the house, yard, etc and try the frontline one more time and see if it knocks them out before trying the Advantix, which is more expensive everywhere I look, to see how it does.

Thank you everyone.



donden
Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Tue, 6th May '08 7:38 PM

Paperman said "and your pooch will smell better than you" My wife tells me that all the time.

lettermanfan1
Lettermanfan1  (Level: 88.3 - Posts: 486)
Tue, 6th May '08 8:51 PM

Revolution works great!!
Leah

suzannec
Suzannec  (Level: 246.8 - Posts: 616)
Tue, 6th May '08 9:17 PM

I purchase Frontline Plus on Ebay. That seem to be the cheapest. I have 10 pets and I use it all year round. I have found a few buyers who sell it for about $5 a tube. Sometimes I buy it in the large container and apply it with the needle-less syringe. Works good. Also, I spray all the carpet with Raid Flea Control (purple can). It does a great job of keeping the carpet flea-free. Finally, consider purchasing a Dyson vacuum and using it often.

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Tue, 6th May '08 11:04 PM

As it was explained to me by the vet, Advantix is supposed to prevent the ticks from getting on your dog while the frontline kills them once they bite. I was really digging the idea of prevention rather than a bite. However, all of my dogs got as many ticks with Advantix as if I hadn't used anything at all. I'll never use it again. What a waste of money. I can't speak for fleas though - we don't have that problem, thankfully.

smoke20
Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Tue, 6th May '08 11:33 PM

I don't know about Advantix, I get Advantage 100 (imidacloprid) topical application from my vet. A fraction of an ounce applied to the nape of the neck once a month during flea season. There hasn't been a tick on any of my dogs in 10 years or more, and we rarely have a problem with fleas, in spite of the herd of feral cats that hang out in our driveway and front yard. We haven't had fleas all winter and have just started to see a few on the dogs and get a few bites on our ankles in the last couple days. The dogs were treated with Advantage today, and given a pill called Capstar for good measure. The Capstar will instantly kill every flea that bites the dogs for 24-48 hours, and the Advantage will continue to kill them and interrupt the reproductive cycle of the ones that survive.

The Capstar goes for $5 a pill and is only used very occasionally. The Advantage is pricier, but I get a 10% discount for multiple dogs and a free 6-pack per year, which in our house amounts to two months.

flcyclist
Flcyclist  (Level: 124.0 - Posts: 691)
Wed, 7th May '08 12:14 AM

I have 3 cats which stay indoors all the time, but spend most of their time on my screened lanaii. I use Revolution because it not only works for fleas and ticks, but it also helps protect against heart worms (which I didn't know until recently that heart worms was not just a dog thing). It works well on my cat and, perhaps because they never actually go outside, I only need to use it once every two or three months. I believe Revolution works for dogs as well.

Another tip: Make a mixture of equal parts of salt, baking soda and diatamacious (sp?) earth and sprinkle it on your carpets, the pet's bedding and even work it into the pet's fur. The spiky earth part kills any flea eggs which are laid, so it helps clear up the problem. And vacuum your carpets often. That helps, too!

Good luck!

flcyclist
Flcyclist  (Level: 124.0 - Posts: 691)
Wed, 7th May '08 12:17 AM

I was just reading the messages before mine. Smaug, I hope you don't use that pepper spray on your SmaugDog!

barnierubble
Barnierubble  (Level: 93.9 - Posts: 637)
Wed, 7th May '08 1:31 AM

Dear all, I find that taking a good shower every day keeps both fleas and ticks away.

mplaw51
Mplaw51  (Level: 179.5 - Posts: 1582)
Wed, 7th May '08 6:45 AM

Frontline Plus is the best product for our dog. My son always brings our dog down by the river and I may find a tick on him later but it's dead. The dog doesn't have fleas either. I haven't tried anything else. We've had him about three years.

scifidwarf
Scifidwarf  (Level: 140.2 - Posts: 249)
Wed, 7th May '08 8:11 AM

Smeans, I'm glad you said that about Hartz flea drops and Sergeants shampoo because that is exactly what we use but we have never had any problems. We live a high flea, tick, and mosquito area and it has worked great on Bluebell. Thanks for saying that though because now I know not to take any chances with my sons dog.


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