What to do when pet’s flea medication stops working

 To eliminate a flea infestation, it takes patience treating your pet and your environment.

All too often, a pet owner will come in and share their experience in which he or she regularly applies topical flea prevention, yet is frustrated that after several treatments they are still seeing fleas. There are several plausible explanations for persistent flea infestations which may have nothing to do with lack of efficacy of these products.

Apply flea medication properly for maximum effectiveness

First, I ensure the pet owner is correctly applying the flea medication to his or her pet. It is important to completely part the hair and apply the product directly to the skin so that proper skin and hair follicle distribution can occur. This is something that can be somewhat of a challenge for thick haired pets; however, the pet medication will not work properly if only the hair follicles receive the medication – it must be applied to the skin. Next, it’s important to properly follow product label directions, which may vary depending on the size of your pet. For instance, for large dogs, Advantage II requires the product to be applied on multiple spots down the pet’s back.

While it is tempting to try and save money by using only portions of products labeled for larger pets on smaller animals, it’s a process such as this that can lead to product inefficiency.

Ensure your home and yard are treated 

Another reason for products not working is by not treating your home and yard, where in some cases 80% of the flea life cycle may occur. Read how to control fleas indoors and outdoors.

In cases of heavy flea infestations, some home products such as Advantage Carpet and Upholstery Spray kills fleas and ticks quickly and continues to kill fleas for two weeks. In spite of recent discussion in the veterinary literature, the development of widespread flea resistance is still not believed to be a major factor to clients still finding fleas on their pets.

Consider switching to oral flea medications

The newer oral flea medications are becoming very popular and with good reason — they’re even more effective than topical treatments at killing adult fleas and keeping your pet flea-free. Plus, with an oral flea treatment, you eliminate the mess of topical flea treatments and the worry about whether you’ve applied the product properly.

Have you been battling a flea infestation in your home? What are some of the ways in which you have been trying to get rid of them?

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  3. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianAugust 12, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    It is important to treat the baseboards and cracks on tile floors. Consider home environmental product called flea busters whicih you can find on line to treat home.

  4. Just wanted to ask what would happen if i by mistake put the frotline cat on the dog.I have one tube left and im not sure if it was the cats or dogs.So havent put it on and i hate to toss it.

  5. Why not take it back to the vet’s office and ask them to exchange it for the kind of pet that you have. Cats only need .5ML for any and all sizes.

    Dogs go by wt for the Frontline.If the tube says more than .5ML, it’s probably for a dog unless your dog is tiny.

    I’d check with the vet, tho…..

  6. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianAugust 14, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    I AGree Linda. Always best for client to check with vet on issues like these.

  7. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianAugust 14, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    Worse thing would be dog would not get enough dose if given cat size…..

  8. I find the most effective flea preventative measure so far is garlic, I put a little garlic in both my dogs food and I haven’t seen a flea in over 2 years.

  9. Linda i bought the meds through ped meds but thank you for your answer.I think ill just toss it .John garlic you say ill have to try that never heard of that.

  10. A wonderful elderly native women suggested it me to when I was on the Whycogamah reserve in Cape Breton, my Dog was only about 8 months old at the time and we had just gone through a month long battle to rid our apartment of fleas, since I started with the garlic, I haven’t seen one since.

    Usually I’ll just spoon a little minced garlic into their food once a week or so, they’re like seagulls with food, so they don’t even notice, I have just tossed them a hunk of garlic and they just mow it down.

    I haven’t bought any flea related drops, pills, shampoos or anything else in that time.

  11. Hi to the garlic users! Just be sure to never use onion as that is, I understand, toxic to dogs….Probably cats, too.

    Used garlic and also yeast years ago but never had success with either.. which was disappointing as I hate to use chemicals.. Ridding the house is better using diatomaceous earth as it’s not poison but scratches the exoskeletons off the fleas and they dehydrate to death… It’s made of crushed up sea shells into a powder which does not harm your pets or kids if they don'[t sprinkle it on their cereal!

  12. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianAugust 15, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    HI Linda: Thanks for sharing about garlic and onions. Diatomaceous earth is a legitimate and often effective flea control option.

  13. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianAugust 15, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    Small amounts of garlic are indeed fine to try on pets. I have not seen a problem with it.

  14. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianAugust 15, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    Thanks for sharing your experience with small amounts of garlic.

  15. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianAugust 15, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    Thanks for sharing. Garlic is indeed effective in many pets.

  16. Garlic? Love it! I am going to try the garlic thing. I have heard about this before.

    Thank you so much for th reminder.


  17. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianAugust 20, 2011 at 11:50 am

    you are very welcome. Just use garlic in limited amounts and it may help.

  18. I just purchased trifexis and the pills are great, had a really hard time getting my dog to take the pill but no fleas at all. I am very pleased so far with this product.

  19. Lisa:
    How I used to give my dogs pills was to get a 1/2 hot dog or something that they like and break it into pieces. Give them a few bits w/out the pill and then, slip in the bite with the pill buried in the dog and as soon as that is in his mouth, have another bite ready so that he will swallow fast to get to the next piece of whatever you are using..Worked every time for me and I never had to push a pill down any of my dog’s throats. Good luck.

  20. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianAugust 21, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    Thanks for sharing your experience about trifexis.

  21. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianAugust 21, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Thanks for sharing your experience on pilling dogs with medications.

  22. Im new to this site and just ordered advantage for my cat. Im wondering are you a licensed vet Dr. Dym? Where did you go to school or get your vets license at? Thanks for your time

  23. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianAugust 24, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    I am a VMD from Penn veterinary school.

  24. Are you using garlic in place of flea & tic med or in additon to?? Please let me know as I am on a fixed income and have 2 dogs….needless to say it gets quite costly.

  25. Hope you didnt take offense at my question. Im curious by nature. Thanks for your quick response.

  26. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianAugust 24, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    You can try garlic by itself first but in some cases it may not be enough and then topical flea medicines are needed

  27. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianAugust 24, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    You are welcome.

  28. I was purchasing Advantage by the month due to finanical hardship and so were quite a number of people in my area where layoffs an unemployment at the highest int he US. Now we are no longer allowed to purchase it indiviaually due to one Vets complaint, why is it so big of a deal to purchase a one month supply. We can afford the $24.00 a month, just not the $65.00+

  29. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianAugust 26, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    Unfortunately only vets usually sell advantage by breaking open a pack. But then you would have to pay office exam for vet.

  30. Dee:
    Couldn’t you get a friend to go in on this with you and share the cost of the Advantage?? If you lived near me, I could get it for you one at a time because my vet does not require an OV just to get flea repellent!! All you have to do is be sure that you know the wt of your pet.

  31. Thanks for the suggestion of garlic. I hate using chemicals on my precious pets but am up trying to find flea medicine after a difficult night with my two chihuahua’s and two cats. They are indoor/outdoor pets that love to go outside and run. I hope I can get them to ingest some garlic. We are getting ready for a trip and we really need a break from this chronic affliction. Thank-you good people for this sage advice!!! Even if it doesn’t completely work for fleas it will boost their immune systems.

  32. That is so wrong, that people can’t get good flea treatment yesterday and complained and also asked for anyone locally that had two dogs that would like to go in with me on the price. But I finally found Thrifty Vet dot com and they had better prices than 1800petmeds! I gave my babies garlic last night until the Advantage arrives, the dogs ate it; but my cats snubbed their noses at it.

  33. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianAugust 27, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    Thanks for sharing. Also consider another great product called paraouttasite which you can find on line as another natural flea alternative.

  34. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianAugust 27, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    Thanks for sharing your comments. At least you found hopefully a reliable source for your flea supplies.

  35. My dog has a liver defect so I am reluctant to give him any flrea meds that go into his blood stream no matter how safe it is supposed to be. Last year we had a huge flea infestation but I used cedar oil in the house, the garden, and even a little on the dog. It worked great. No fleas within two days. I still use it and have not seen one flea anywhere this year.
    Also my dog is on meds every day so I have found the easiest way to give a pill is in a little crream cheese. They don’t have to chew it so it just goes right down.

  36. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianAugust 28, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    Thanks for sharing all of that great information. With liver problems I would also be hesitant to apply any systemic or topical flea medication.

  37. ev-ery time we apply the flea medicine to the dog’s neck he begins to foam at the mouth–why? it lasts approximately 15 minutes, puffs hard, and is really distressed.

  38. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianAugust 29, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    This is most likely an acute reaction to the flea medication in your dog. I would choose a different product or go for a mroe natural alternative such as cedar http://www.cedarcide.com

  39. I am interested in the garlic remedy but after reading this I am not sure how much garlic and how often to give to my dogs. One weight 10 pds and one weighs 125 pds. Could I just add some minced garlic to the water bowl that both dogs and cat drink out of?

  40. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianSeptember 1, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    Minced garlic is fine in small amounts in water .Otherwise you could try one quarter clove of garlic for small dog and one clove added to meals for large dog.

  41. To Wendy Fowler regarding Cedar Oil….how is this product used in your home and garden? Is it sprayed or poured or put on cotton balls and placed throughout the house? Is it used on dogs and cats? In the same manner as Frontline? I have two dogs and 3 cats….these fleas are driving all of us crazy!

  42. Aliceanne LindermanSeptember 2, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    Can you sprinkle the powdered garlic on their dry food? We have tried everything this summer and have spent hundreds of dollars on flea bombs, bathing and topical treatments but we’re all still suffering. Also does the boric acid treatment work on the rugs and bedding? That was going to be my next attempt.

  43. Aliceanne:
    In addition to your pets and house, your yard has to be treated because that is where they were in the first place.
    If you use Advantage, that is a quick killer of the fleas and it may behoove you to get the pets bathed and treated, put them in a kennel for a few days and tackle the environment…house and yard. Good luck.

  44. Studies have shown that fleas are building a resistance to Fipronil, which is the main ingredient in Frontline. Try switching to a new product and see if that helps.

  45. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianSeptember 5, 2011 at 11:26 am

    Although this has been reported by some, the veterinary experts have not confirmed resistance yet. However, if one product not workign definitely worth changing to different product, as well as making sure you are treating the home as well.

  46. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianSeptember 5, 2011 at 11:30 am

    Boric acid treatments from companies like flea busters do work on rugs and bedding if applied and left on as directed. As for garlic, it can be sprinkled on dry food.

  47. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianSeptember 5, 2011 at 11:31 am

    Thanks for important points of treating environment where fleas have most of their life cycle like the home and yard.

  48. Ive only use minced garlic and cloves, I can’t speak for the powdered garlic, just a spoonful is usually enough, one of my dogs is 65 lbs and the other is 90 lbs, and I find a spoonful every now and then is plenty to keep the fleas away, I haven’t used any set amount or anything like that, just slipping it to them whenever. I used it as a preventative rather then waiting til they have fleas and trying to fight them, the garlic has always kept the fleas away.

    It’s always worked for me, then again I could say this “i” keeps bears away…you don’t seen any bears do you?. Hopefully the garlic helps everybody out.

  49. Garlic in the food is a + & put a few drops of Lavendar Oil in the pets bed. Although this will not kill fleas but they do not like it and plus your pet will get a good night sleep & will smell nice the next morning 🙂

  50. but is it every day you have to give it to the pet?

  51. If you have trble getting yr dog to take pills, I have one word for you: Pillpockets. Greenies makes these in pill and capsul form and both in two flavors. They only add 5 calories for those weight-conscious mutts, and they love them. I thnk the guy who came up with thes shld get the Nobel Peace Prize. I also thnk any1 w/ a dog shd buy them & keep them on hand. The pkg seals and they keep indefinately.

  52. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianSeptember 7, 2011 at 12:03 am

    Thanks John for sharing with our audience. I have found garlic useful as well.

  53. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianSeptember 7, 2011 at 12:04 am

    Thanks for tip, especially the lavendar. Very calming at small doses.

  54. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianSeptember 7, 2011 at 12:05 am

    Thanks for sharing with us. Pillpockets are indeed a lifesaver for many animal guardians who have to medicate their pets.

  55. What do you suggest for a 75 pound dog for garlic intake? daily? weekly? how do you know if it is too much? not enough? is garlic powder equivalent to garlic cloves?

  56. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianSeptember 9, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    I usually would use 1/2 to one clove of fresh garlic daily mixed with food in dog this size. I prefer that to garlic powder.

  57. I did try the garlic thing, Cats wont eat their food. Im going insane trying to stop these things. I have moved every thing sprayed down all the carpet and the sofa’s and chairs. But they always come back. I have a long haired cat and a short hair cat, the Long Haired get the fleas worse.

  58. HI:
    As far as I’m concerned, garlic is of no use other than to flavor food…Before the Frontline and other topicals came into being, we were inundated w/fleas doing our rescue work and hated to put the sprays on the cats because it’s so poisonous….It was baths, vacuuming, spraying, bombing, diatomaceous earth (still good for the house), etc.
    Now that we have the topicals, if one does not work, use another vet approved one and keep your house vacuumed and pet beds washed well.. Ever since Frontline and Advantage, we don’t know what fleas look like and for that I’m ever grateful…Hopefully, there are no lasting or even harmful effects to the animals but which is worse; fleas or the chance of harm using topicals? It’s a hard toss up but I cannot stand fleas. They bite me and itch for weeks. Imagine how the animals feel when they are loaded w/them!!

  59. I just want to thank you all for the comments on the garlic issues. I have 3 dogs and have been fighting fleas like crazy. I am just starting the garlic process. Also, would garlic pills work on pets too? Otherwise, I will try the different techniques with garlic.

  60. I live in Florida and have two pomeranians one 6 lbs and one 5 lbs, Roxy and Lily. I have been having a terrible time with fleas, primarily on Lily!! roxy has a few but Lily has many and she is constantly sctatching biting or rubbing herself to the point of red skin and sometimes sores. I’m “trying” sentinal to keep the flea eggs from hatching and capstar to kill the fleas immediatly and also a medicated shampoo called malaseb for her skin problems. I am hesitant to use frontline on her with her skin all red and raw. I have had the yard sprayed many times!! I will also try the garlic!! My questions are: 1) I have all hard wood floors through out my house what can I use that wont hurt animals or people and not damage my floors to kill the fleas? 2) Why does Lily have so many fleas on her and roxy has so much less? 3) I f any one has any comment or suggestions I would greatly appreciate them!!! Thanks in advance!!

  61. Hi
    1st thanks for all the info!!!!
    I have been ordering Advantage and Frontline of of ebay.
    They have kept the fleas down on my 2 dogs for 3 yrs.
    Then an Opossun had babies under our Mobile, I could not trap her and she had 12 small ones (At least that is the ones my dogs cought and killed) Terriers mix.
    They got the fleas big time
    I tried bombs sprays and garlic.
    Sand and cedar to no avail.
    The Vet sold me an oral pill (Comfortis) dogs stopped biteing with in 3 hrs.-good stuff.
    The wife still gets bit, never bothered me.
    I am going to wash everything and try some of the D dirt and may be Boric acid.
    Please fogive the spelling and grammer.

  62. There is a garlic spray you can get to put in the dogs food, I got it for my little one, and she doesn’t seem to mind it. I found through Garlic Valley Farms, it is garlic juice squeezed from Fresh Garlic.

  63. Amber, I have used Frontline on my cats for years and had success, until it stopped working! I switched to Advantage II and the results were remarkable! I believe that after years of
    using a Fipronil based product that fleas are becoming resistant to it. Results don’t lie.

  64. Love the information about garlic to rid pets of fleas! I have a 15 lb. Dog (Daisy) and a 8 wk. old kitten( Precious). My question is for the kitten, can I sprinkle a small amount of garlic powder in her kitty food?? I did use a little Advantage II for kittens on her a couple weeks ago and I’m still seeing fleas when I look really close in her long fur. I used Frontline on my adult dog and she hasn’t been scratching or anything so I assume she’s flea-free. I also was giving the kitten a bath before she was 6 wks old to try and keep the flea problem down and I felt so bad for her and broke down, bought the Advantage II on here, and put some on the back of her neck. My next question is, When can I put the next dose on her??Especially since the flea problem isn’t gone yet? Any advice or suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

  65. Lol, I just read what I wrote. I meant fleas on pets:)

  66. Nicole:
    When I rescued two cats and a rabbit, they all were polluted with fleas.. I took them to the vet’s and he put Advantage on them and said that in a few days to a week, I could put another dose of Advantage on them which I did w/out harmful effects. IN another week,, I used Frontline Plus because one it takes care of ticks, too. Everyone was fine…I am not sure about the age of the kitten and if it’s old enough to do that but I’d ask the vet to make sure. Good luck

  67. Im loving all these answers about the fleas but now my problem is ive treated the yard and house,dog and cat are still using frontline.But took the dog a bath and seen fles in the water.he doesnt scratch like crazy but should i change to advantage im not happy with the frontline because ive used it for years but this time doesnt seem to be working.What are your thoughts on advantage

  68. I think Comfortis works the best all the topical stuff never works on my very fuzzy Jack Tzu. yes its is very pricey and you need A Rx but it works the best. Because it works from the inside out. Its a pill so the best way to give it to your puppy is with peanut butter.

  69. I’m going on month 3!!! First I tried a flea bath. Fleas in the water everwhere. (My Ollie just turned 6yrs. yesterday, and never had a flea one). Biteing like crazy, sores ALL over his body….making me cry!!!. Vet gave him cortiizone shot and anti-biotics. Also Frontline applied. Took him back 2 wks. later, Vet said ok to apply another Frontline….so I let her apply it. Bombed house. Took out all small rugs, as we have wooden floors, sprayed them with indoor/outdoor insecticide. Left them out side for 2 weeks. I vaccume every day. Mopped floor with Borax. Then…..did it ALL again 3 weeks later. 3 wks. and 5 days, and I just found a FLEA !!!!!on him, and a big open sore. Maybe I am “high strung”, but my gut is in knots, and I’m anxiety city here!!! Going to vet tomorrow to get another Frontline (I buy single as I’m on disability). My Ollie is my best friend and companion, and I know he feels like poop too, with all this going on. So, anyone out there that feels like me, know you are not alone!!!
    Lessie & Ollie Getting garlic and finding ceder tree tomorrow! :o(

  70. Lessie i feel so bad for you i have also tried garlic but didnt seem to work .My next batch of flea medicine will be advantage my friend says its the best and she swears by it.Hope you find something that works let me know if the cedar stuff works This season seems to be the worst for fleas never had problems like this ever.Good luck

  71. I can really feel your pain Lessie.
    I hopeOllie is better.
    I have gone throught about the same as you with my 2 dogs.
    My Terrier mix also developed HGE (Forgot what it stand for) He just got real sick vomiting and pooping Blood for 2 days.
    Took him to the emergancy clinic, they held him for 2 days.
    $1,365 later he was fine.
    There must be some kind of Sheep Dip?
    One could make a fortune on that one.
    All the best
    Carl Mina and Tuck

  72. How much garlic do you give a 14 pound and a 10 pound cat, and how often?

  73. I have always used Fronline on my 80 pounf Golden Retriever, and it worked pretty well. It doesn’t seem to be effective anymore where I have recently moved (Atlanta, Ga). They seem to be everywhere in my neighborhood, and I don’t have the type of dog that will stay inside peacefully (without his outside play time). So I recently purchased K9 advantage 2 (because ut is supposed to repel flees). I put Frontline on him a week ago.. is it safe to put the K9 Adv on him now? Or how long should I wait? Thanks.

  74. PHil:
    In reading a ton of posts about Frontline which I use here in PA, it appears that it is not very effective any more in the south. My neighbor takes her dog to FL every winter and he gets fleas even with Frontline.
    I believe that your changing to Advantage is a good idea and I am not a vet, but I’d venture to say that if you wait one more week, give your dog a good bath without flea soap, dry him well and put on your K9 Avantage, it should do the trick. He is a big dog so could probably handle it well.
    However, a guess is never as good as most vet’s answers so why don’t you just call a vet there in Atlanta?
    Good luck.

  75. my vet sent a coupon for AcuGuard a chewable tablet for ridding my dog of fleas. I don’t see it at Pet Meds, should my dog try it?

  76. My vet just gave me a free trial of Revolution at my kitten’s first shot appt. Does Revolution work better than Advantix II for Kittens. i have both now because before I went to the vet I bought the Advantix. What is everyone’s experience with these products. I’m thinking about using the Revolution on my kitten on Thursday as my kitty has to be at least 2lbs. before I can put it on her. Thanks for the help in advance:)
    p.s. She’ll be between 8-9 weeks old then.

  77. Hi I live in Greeley Colorado and we went to Missouri for a couple days for a visit. Well we noticed that the 2 dogs we took with us (1 is a puppy and 1 is a small dog) got fleas. Now my whole house has them. I have 2 other dogs and just noticed today that they have them now. We bought harts collers and spray and shampoo for them. Nothing is working. Any suggestions would be very very helpful…..

  78. I swear by Sentinel. I moved from Nevada where I never saw a flea to Oregon where I became overwhelmed by fleas. I tried all natural options first (shampoos, sprays, oils), but the infestation was too bad. I tried nasty topicals but could not handle the smell. My two dogs have been on Sentinel for three years now and completely free of fleas. Just a pill coated in peanut butter each month.

  79. What kind of garlic?

  80. I use peanut butter to dose my dogs with oral meds. Just apply it with pill to the top of the mouth.

    For short term itch-relief I’ve bathed my Westie in Epi-Smooth, an oatmeal shampoo that can be used daily when needed without disturbing natural oils in skin and coat.
    I just ordered an oatmeal shampoo from pet meds to see if it has similar effect.

    Good luck flea sufferers.

  81. thanks for the garlic tip. I’m so upset that my dogs got flees problem for the first time. I have a 9 yr old pomeranian and 11 yr old spaniel-papillon. I don’t know how they got them. I gave the the BIO Spot which is hopeless. Now they’re on First Shield from BANFIELD/petsmart and garlic, hope they work.

  82. Not a scam. At my house, if we do not have our Advantage we are sunk. I think that different areas of the country have fleas that are more , or less, responsive to the 2 different types of flea preventatives. I have had nothing but Advantage and Advantix work for my 6 cats and 3 dogs, while living in one place, and Frontline worked in another place. Like the flu viruses. Different strains live in different areas. Usually I have found if one won’t work, the other will. Good Luck!

  83. Garlic is deadly toxic to dogs! Look it up!!!!!

  84. Garlic is toxic to dogs.. look it up!

  85. Isn’t garlic toxic to dogs??? Here’s what I have read:

    “Onions and garlic contain thiosulphate, the chemical that makes them toxic foods for dogs.

    If you feed onions or garlic to him regularly, his red blood cells may weaken and literally fall apart.

    The thiosulphate can reach toxic, even deadly levels, if he eats too much of either food.

    Without treatment, severe anemias and death can result from overeating these toxic foods.

    Humans have an enzyme that allows us to digest onions and garlic (although some people do have digestive problems with them).

    All dogs (and cats) lack that enzyme.

    This can result in vomiting, diarrhea, gas or gastrointestinal pain and distress.

    These symptoms might not appear for a few days, which makes it much harder to pinpoint the poison.

    To avoid this problem, be sure to keep these toxic foods away from your dog. ”

    ….So how is it that everyone is saying to give them garlic to get rid of fleas? Which doesn’t work BTW.

  86. Do NOT give your dog garlic. Who knows which is true, but why risk this?
    “Onions and garlic contain thiosulphate, the chemical that makes them toxic foods for dogs.

    If you feed onions or garlic to him regularly, his red blood cells may weaken and literally fall apart.

    The thiosulphate can reach toxic, even deadly levels, if he eats too much of either food.

    Without treatment, severe anemias and death can result from overeating these toxic foods.

    Humans have an enzyme that allows us to digest onions and garlic (although some people do have digestive problems with them).

    All dogs (and cats) lack that enzyme.

    This can result in vomiting, diarrhea, gas or gastrointestinal pain and distress.

    These symptoms might not appear for a few days, which makes it much harder to pinpoint the poison.

    To avoid this problem, be sure to keep these toxic foods away from your dog. “

  87. I know the diatomaceous earth can be effective, but please never let your cats inhale it because it can kill them when the microscopic razor sharp edges of the organisms literally slice your animal’s lungs to shreds. This happened to my cat, who subsequently died a slow and painful death, unable to breathe in the end. (The same thing happened to a friend’s cat after it rolled around on a carpet covered with DE). I contacted the FDA about this, but they won’t investigate unless they get a certain number of complaints. If putting DE in food, mix it all up with water so it dissolves and no powder remains.

  88. Hey Boffo DuClon,

    We get it. You think garlic is poisonous to dogs. Post it once and get over it. There is a licensed vet saying it works and is not poisonous to dogs, and you’re junking up the board with the same posts over and over again.


  89. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianOctober 15, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    Again I refer everyon to bible of natural pet approaches for past SEVERAL decades and THOUSANDS of patients called Dr PItcairns guide to natural health for dogs and cats by Richard PItcairn, DVM, phd……If you look under flea control Dr Pitcairn discusses adding fresh cloves of garlic to diets to help Richard is friend of mine and has extensive experience in this area and has not been sued for poisening dogs!!!!

  90. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianOctober 15, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    HI PAm: I am sorry to hear about your cat. Thanks for excellent tips, as yes sometimes if inhaled this natural alternative can be toxic in ways you describe.

  91. My veterinarian also contributed to the Dr Pitcairn’s book which I used as a ‘bible’ for my dogs and cats for many many years. I believe that there is a new version out, as well.
    Garlic will not harm your dog. Onions have something inthem that garlic does not. They are not the same things!

  92. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianOctober 15, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    HI LInda: Thanks for sharing. Who is your veterinarian. I may know them…….Dr PItcairn has been a colleague and mentor of mine for many years.

  93. Hello Dr Dym:
    Prefer not to put any names out there w/out permission and I know that my vet would not relish is as he is low key, but here is the link to the clinic that I use..www.willowrunvetclinic.com.

  94. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianOctober 16, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    Thanks Linda. Keep up your great work with your pets, as well as obviously let me know if you need any further help from a holistic perspective with any of your pets as I was trained in classical homeopathy by Dr PItcairn. Also please tell your friends and/or family about this wonderful blog service at 1800petmeds.

  95. Hi Dr Dym:
    I was wondering if you recognized anyone from that clinic’s website that I sent to you…The owner of the clinic is semi retired and built his practice from 0 to more than we can count, now. Also, I see that solar panels are going on the roof. He built his facility, originally to be eco friendly even before all of the solar stuff hit town with a bang..
    He does not practice homeopathy (altho I am sure he’s a believer) but had employed a vet who did. She has begun her own practice. He said that most people want faster results than con be obtained by using those remedies so he went with the flow although realizes that more and more people are going back to the ‘hemp’, now. He is happy to refer his clients to vets practicing alternative medicine. There is also female vet in Nottingham, PA who has a huge practice using all homeopathic meds, does acupuncture, aqua therapy, you name it. Also, treats large animals as well as small; horses a specialty.. I used her services a few times for dogs over the years.. She is fantastic but I can’t afford her too often! My one cat has diabetes and I do not do the insulin shots so I’ve begun feeding him mostly wet food (w/out grains) and carbs. The dry foods are hard to find that fall into that category. I do not do insulin so I put Mellit in his food faithfully twice a day and also once a day put 10 drops in the water. Another heavy (fat) cat also gets it and has dropped about one lb. The diabetic cat appears to have lost several lbs but I know that his cells are starving w/out insulin. So far, he still functions well but does not sleep as much as he used to.

  96. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianOctober 17, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    Hi LInda: I did not recognize anyone from the clinic. My practice was closer to philly area of Southern New Jersey and surrounding areas. Sounds like you do great job with all of your animals. I still maintain my homeopathic/holistic phone consultation practice, which is something one can practice no matter where one lives.

  97. My 16 year old Yorkie is on Anypril for Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome. Does the anypril cure it or control it? After 2 weeks, my Little Bit does seem to be more aware. I am thrilled my little old man is doing better.

  98. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianOctober 22, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    The anipryl just controls the syndrome. I have not had good experience with this drug but I am glad it is working for you. You can also try supplements like omega 3 fatty acids like one from nordic naturals from 1800petmeds, as well as products like proneurozone which you can get on line. Super vitachews from 1800petmeds also may be helpful. . Consultation with a homeopathic vet may be helpful as well. Learn more about homeopathy at http://www.beyondflatearth.com as well as http://www.canineworld.com/drdym

  99. We had a real problem with fleas this year. They were first discovered on the dog & then in the yard. We sprayed repeatedly in the yard and used advantage on the dog and indoor cat. Dog only goes out a few times a day to pee and poop. Finally we took cat in to get a flea dip, dog too and cut his hair real short. Sprayed yard again, put baking soda on all carpeting in house and left it three days before vacuming up. Got once a month flea pills from vet for dog and frontline for cat and washed all surfaces and pet bedding and throw rugs and are finally flea free.The baking soda really works, found lots of fleas in cannister on vacumn cleaner and plan to do the carpet again in two weeks to be safe.

  100. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianNovember 6, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    Baking soda is indeed a great old remedy that works for lots of things. Thanks for sharing your experience with flea control. I have also found boric acid based powders quite effective as well such as one from flea busters.

  101. We have had a horrible tick infestation in our apartment. We don’t even have carpet. I have found several engorged ticks on both of my dogs and some smaller ones as well. We bombed our house, took the dogs for a grooming and have applied k9 Advantix to both and to no avail. We also purchased the tick collar to use in conjunction with the k9 advantix and to no avail. Just today I pulled of a huge pea sized tick from under one of my dogs arm pits and found a deer tick crawling on the white covers of my bed where my other dog had just been sitting. Last week I found a deer tick crawling on the wall and the week before another pea sized tick crawling on the floor. The part that baffles me the most are the ticks that we keep finding randomly on the floor, wall or bed (we have a white sheet so everything shows). With Frontline I never had this problem. I have one dose of k9 Advantix left however I will not be using it. I am instead purchasing frontline and hoping this will saolve our problem.

    Frustrated in Miami!

  102. Have you brought in any houseplants that could have been infested with these critters?

  103. Actually, it was more like my humanitarian spirit. I brought a dog home that I almost hit with my car a few months ago. The dog was covered in ticks and fleas. I took my dogs to my parents house while i tried to find the owners and cured the dog from all its ailments, but now I’m paying the price 🙁

    Mind you my dogs have been on flea/tick preventatives since before the dog came to the house.

  104. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianNovember 9, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    Thanks for sharing with us.

  105. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianNovember 9, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    Thanks for sharing. Your experience with front line certainly warrents use of that product instead.Others have found k-9 advantix quite helpful for ticks as well as fleas. Sorry not your experience.

  106. you have to bomb your house and use a can in every room you have to be gone for 8 hrs and take your pet with you.also close the doors in the rooms that have them and close all windows .done it every year and it works.

  107. My vet stopped carrying Frontline a year ago due to ineffectiveness. I have used it for years, and about 5 yrs ago it did not seem to work. Then it worked until this year. Now my cats are covered with fleas, despite using capstar along with Vestra (sp?), which I bought from my vet a month ago. They just stirred up the fleas (now we are all getting bitten). So I am buying Advantage as I have not used it in years and if the fleas are resistant to Frontline, Advantage should work…I hope!!

  108. Dr. Dym:

    Would you be so kind as to direct me to any sites that have published studies ( not anecdotal evidence) that demonstrate the abilty of garlic as an effective method for flea control? How does it work? If a flea does not get a blood meal, it does not survive…I would think that if a dog’s skin smelled badly enough to repel a flea, then you wouldn’t be able to stand being around your dog! Or does it make the blood taste bad??? The only study I can recall tested brewer’s yeast and garlic, together and separately , on dogs and found neither effective alone or in combination ( adult fleas were placed on dogs and flea counts were done weekly…not a single flea died)…

    Also, I’m not sure if most folks out there are aware of the fleas life cycle…they do die naturally after awhile…could this lead to the false assumption that some of these alternative, natural, homeopathic products were effective?

    I don’t see any mention of the fact that products like Frontline cause the flea to become hyperactive before dying…which makes some folks think that it is not working

    Lastly, can you explain to me how a particle that is smaller than an atom, can not be measured, can have a biological effect on a living being? (i.e., Homeopathy)

    Looking forward to your answers….

  109. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianNovember 17, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    Hi Wenzel. I can see you are not a homeopathic or holistic supporter. I am not in research so I dont have handy any studies, etc, however from 20 years of clinical vet practice, as well as many of my holistic vet colleagues and clients , natural flea control such as garlic does help many pets who either cant tolorate topical pesticides and/or whose guardians prefer a more natural life style for their pets. There are also plenty of scientific studies on efficacy of homeopathy. Check out websites http://www.beyondflatearth.com as well as National Center for Homeopathy if you want discreet papers on homeopathy, etc. Dr Richard PItcairn, DVM phd http://www.dpitcairn.com also likely has useful information for you, as Dr Pitcairn has over forty years experience using homeopathy. Most of the products or protocols used in veterinary medicine are not backed up by hard science or double blind studies, but actually borrowed and extrapolated from human medicine.

  110. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianNovember 17, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    Advantage should be very helpful, however keep in mind that you should also treat home for fleas as well where much of flea life cycle occurs. Use products like knockout for fleas from 1800petmeds or possibly flea busters which you can find on line

  111. My vet suggested sprinkling table salt into the carpets. It stops the cycle of life, and is non toxic to our animals.

  112. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianNovember 21, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    Thanks for sharing. I have not had experience just using table salt, but do have experience using boric acid for similiar reason.

  113. I gave my dog Frontline on the 17th and took her to get her hair cut on The 25th and she had fleas again. Can I give her another tube of Frontline now even thought it is not a month? I have one left and I am afraid of them spreading in my home.

  114. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianNovember 29, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    I would wait another week before dosing the front line. Concentrate on treating the home for fleas with good product like knock out from 1800petmeds or flea busters which you can find on line. You can also give oral capstar and program for additional flea protection.

  115. We did Advantage a few years back, quit working, we switched to Frontline, worked for a year or two, then quit working. We are not onto Advantix which kills all stages of the fleas where Frontline did not. We saw it on the package. Now we are ok! Doesn’t help when we have stray cats all around! I think the dogs build up immunity, could that be true?

  116. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianDecember 1, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    Dogs dont build up immunity, but on occasion in heavily flea infested areas, some fleas may become resistant. you also need to keep in mind that no matter which topical product you use, that you will need to treat the home as well.

  117. We have a Maltese, and she was infested w/fleas after a neighbor moved with her 2 dogs

    . We tried everything, and found that Adams drops, along with crushed garlic really helped! She is now flea free. We bombed our house with the Adams flea bombs.

    When I add the garlic to her food, I use garlic that I have crushed in my magic bullet, with some olive oil. It’s a pureed garlic/olive oil mix. The olive oil helps her skin, as she scratched herself raw from the fleas.We have also added a pet vitamin B/Yeast tablet to her food.

    Her coat is now beautiful and her skin is soft and supple.

    It took about 2 months to really see any results, but it’s amazing how flea free we finally are!

  118. I used frontline plus but also for years I have used ‘critter oil’ to treat the yard for fleas and ticks. when the fleas have been bad and she picks them up from the park – I use a water solution with the critter oil and it seems to do the trick.
    This year – well actually the last two months have been worse we’ve had in a very long time. but have kept them at bay with the two. just google ‘critter oil’ it will bring up the site.
    it smells good!

  119. LAVENDER OIL works great to repel fleas, even if in your home you practically watch them run out the door. AVEENO skin so soft will repel ticks you can look up all the different methods to use these products online but the lavender oil also has another benefit it is proven to help you relax too birds one stone

  120. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianDecember 3, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    Hi Geraldine. I would be happy to offer my opinion on your pet and/or holistic/homeopathic treatment options. See websites http://www.canineworld.com/drdym to learn more as well as http://www.beyondflatearth.com Hope to speak with you soon.

  121. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianDecember 3, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    Thanks for sharing with us your experience on using these natural products for skin and overall health. I am sure others appreciate it as well.

  122. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianDecember 3, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    Thanks for sharing your experience withi the critter oil I am sure other bloggers will be excited to try this less toxic alternative.

  123. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianDecember 3, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    Thanks for sharing your experience with lavender oil and aveeno products. I too hvae found them useful in some pets as well.

  124. I spent allot of money on the frontline flea treatment to treat my 4 indoor cats and an indoor outdoor dog.I aslo bought a flea treatment for my home.I was sadly dissapointed in the frontline product pluss money spent.The only thing that I have found that works for my family without a script is advantage.Afrte a couple of hours of applying advantage I see fleas dropping and dying.And I dont see my pets constantly itching and scratching,which was driving us all crazy!

  125. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianDecember 4, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    Thanks for sharing. It is odd how some animal guardians do find one product works better over another one. Important thing, though is you have gotten on top of flea problem. Thanks for sharing.

  126. Brewers Yeast eith Garlic….

  127. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJanuary 6, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Brewers yeast and garlic can sometimes be effective.

  128. Catherine WhittingtoJanuary 9, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    After having no success with the Advantix or the Vestra, my veterinarian prescribed Comfortis, which is a pill that my dog takes once a month. No more fleas!

  129. My stubborn Yorkie is on Comfortis. It works great…no fleas. My only problem was getting him to take the pill I found Greenies Pill Pockets at a pet supermarket. He takes his pills as if he is getting a treat. Guess they taste pretty good.

  130. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJanuary 11, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Thanks for sharing your story on how to get comfortis into finicky pets.

  131. My pleasure, doc, whatever helps people with terrier type dogs who are stubborn is worth it. Hope it helps others.

  132. Catherine WhittingtoJanuary 13, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    My friends report having very recalcitrant fleas and describe them as having a brown head with a red body. They say they have tried everything, but these fleas are just incorrigible. Any ideas about red/brown fleas?

  133. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJanuary 16, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    No idea about these specific type of fleas. I would just recommend products like topical advantage or front line as well as oral capstar.

  134. I need to know how to apply the cedar oil and where to apply it. Thank you!!!

  135. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJanuary 21, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Usually follow product directions and dilute product out appropriately and then apply as leave on rinse. See product information at http://www.cedarcide.com for great product and further information.

  136. Will garlic powder be fine in their food? Want to give it a try but don’t want to smash up garlic.

  137. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJanuary 23, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Garlic powder would be fine.

  138. I once used over the counter anti-flea pills..blue capsules. Shortly after my aussie had mammary gland tumors and requires surgery. Stopped that. Anyone else have this happen? Also, is medicated powder for people in the orange plastic container and the minty smelling one for feet in the blue container harmful on dogs? I tried it once and it seemed to help.

  139. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianFebruary 14, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Some flea products do have carcinogens in them that may cause cancer.

  140. Now I don’t know yet if this works but I am going to try it since it works on keeping bugs off me while working in the yard. My avon rep. told me that a mixture of 1 part skin so soft and 3 parts water sprayed on the pet will keep the fleas at bay. I live in Florida where the state animal should be the flea. So I will try anything. And if it doesn’t work, at least they will smell good. I will also try the garlic solution. Everything else doesn’t work for me. We also have the yard treated every month.

  141. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianFebruary 19, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    Avon diluted in this manner can be helpful natural alternative for flea control.

  142. Catherine WhittingtoFebruary 20, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    Are you aware of any carcinogenic effects from giving Comfortis?

  143. I also had a tick infestation a few years ago in my house. We found them in the walls, dogs, bed, etc. We did everything to get rid of them to no avail.
    The cause was squirrels living in the attic of my house. As soon as we eradicated them the tics disappear too. Be sure that no varmint (and their families) lives in your house and perhaps you will get rid of the tics as it did it for me.

  144. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianMarch 28, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    Thanks for sharing your experience.

  145. I have owned dogs for decades & have never had luck with harts or biospot products. Treat your animals with a topical product & treat their environment, at the same time, We are in a heavily wooded area in the south. I used frontline on my dogs & cats for years with good results UNTIL about 5-6 years ago. It just QUIT working. I switched to Advantix & it works GREAT!! I gave everybody a capstar & 24 hrs later applied advantix. I washed all bedding,; vaccumed all floors, baseboards, furniture & mattresses(threw out the bag when finished) Had the exterminator treat inside &; out every 2 weeks for 3 treatments & the fleas were GONE.To work best, the product must be applied properly to the SKIN, not the hair. Also, don’t apply the topical prouducts right after a bath, nor should you bathe your pet 24- 48 hrs after applying. It works by being absorbed via the skin & is distributed by body oils.So you have to get it actaully on the skin & allow the pets body oils spread it. Good luck!!

  146. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianApril 24, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Thanks for sharing your experiences with your flea control regimen.

  147. Frontline Plus…no longer working on either of my Yorkie’s which I have used on a regular basis for years. Even having my house, their beds, and yard treated, Ticks as well. After talking to a very RUDE Frontline Rep. I have changed to Vetra 3D with almost immediate results. The ease of the applicator, my two dogs reaction to the Medicine is even noticible, makes this a wonderful new product for us. (attempting to apply for a refund on un-used Frontline products from their headquarters is useless.) Nice to know Frontline does not stand behind their product.

  148. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianMay 7, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    Thanks for sharing your experiences. Vectra is indeed an excellent product for fleas.

  149. Hi, I had two cats that were infested with fleas–the long haired cat was infested much more than my short haired cat. My home became infested and it was an all out flea war. We vacuumed every day had frontline on the cats and bombed our house. Then we bombed again three weeks later. Well nothing seemed to help and I complained to my Vet about the Frontline–I had used it years before with a dog and worked well. A friend who shows dogs said that a lot of people had been talking and said the fleas in our area had become resistant to the Frontline–my Vet didn’t think this was the case. A new vet who had just joined the practice straight out of school told me to try Advantage instead. I did and it was incredible–within a few days no more fleas on either one of my cats. I treated the house as well as used the Advantage and have been flea free for two years now. I live in Louisville Kentucky if that helps anyone. Good luck–fleas can drive you crazy.

  150. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianMay 17, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Thanks for sharing. Sometimes one product will work better for a client over another.

  151. I am going to repeat myself for those who didn’t read my comments befroe. We fought fleas daily for about a year and a half, then we took the dog and cat in to be dipped and got the pill for the dog. Mind you, these animals stay almost exclusively indoors. We sprayed our tiny garden about every two weeks and also sprinkled baking soda on the carpets and furniture about every two weeks for a couple of months. Haven’t had any problems since. We continued the pill with the dog and use the topical on the cat also. Thge baking soda is an inexpensive way to rid them from the home and you can buy it in a large quantity in some stores.

  152. My next question is what does one do if Dogs are inside of the treating date of Frontline Plus, both are under 5 lbs.. Have had my house treated, yard treated, contacted Merial who will not refund the 80.00 of meds. left. (This says to me a lack of faith in their product and persuit of the almighty dollars over and above Customer Satisfaction.) I am using 9.00 each pill (2 dogs.) for Capstar every other day and still have 2 weeks left before I can switch products? I have tried combing with a fle comb as well as Dawn Dish detergent. I refuse to put two Yorkie’s outside when they are used to living inside. What do I do now while Frontline keeps me hanging in limbo?

  153. I have just spoken with a Merial Rep from Duluth, Ga. who will refund the un-used portion of Frontline Plus providing I can furnish her with a Vet Receipt showing three months of useage. (not a problem.) Interesting information to know since I haven’t had that response in the past.
    As to using Baking Soda on your floors and funiture I suppose it would depend on your home enviornment. I have wood floors, some natural stone, and my fabrics on chairs and sofa’s I wouldn’t dream of putting Baking Soda on. I am not so sure putting Baking Soda on Wood Floors would be a wise thing to do, not to mention seeping into the grooves on a hand scraped floor. (I tried a small area and it doesn’t vacume up easily) As to the stone…what a mess and would seem slippery, if not dangerous. Probably great advise but would depend on your home and garden.

  154. The vet has prescribed Comfortis, a pill for my 5 pound malti-poo and you give one pill per month. You must break it and put it in a piece of hot dog or something and give with food or they might throw it up, but it works better than anything we’ve tried. A little expensive at 6 month supply for about $100 but worth it.

  155. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianMay 20, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Thanks for sharing. Comfortis has been reported to be effective in many cases.

  156. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianMay 20, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    Thanks for sharing. Company fleabusters which you can find on line also has good products for home environments.

  157. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianMay 20, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    I would try natural alternatives such as one at http://www.wondercide.com for natural flea prevention alternatives.

  158. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianMay 20, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    Thanks for sharing.

  159. this is my first time on this site is ggarlic good for fleas or should i stick with trifexis

  160. I have been through just about every topical flea product around. I finally broke down and spent the money on K9-Advantix II for three indoor dogs! I have to say this is the best product I have found. Kills every life cycle of the flea and also ticks, lice and repels all plus mosquitoes! This in conjuntion with yard spray and regular vaccuuming at home, and we are flea free finally. I know its a bit costly, but we are much more comfortable now.

  161. I have 3 cats, a Maine Coon, Marbled Bengal and an Egyptian Mau…I have tried everything for fleas, My Coon and Bengal are fine with the Revolution I am using, but nothing..absolutely nothing works on my Mau. She is Miserable, has flea dermatitis and scratches constantly. I Capstar her often just to giver her some relief. My question is why does the Revolution work on my Coon and Bengal but not my Mau….HELP…I’m at my wits end.

  162. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianMay 26, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    I would go with front line plus or advantage over revolution for fleas.

  163. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianMay 26, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Thanks for sharing. An excellent product.

  164. I have spent a fortune this year with 800 pet-meds. So far I have not written to get my money back because it would seem like I just wanted to bitch about everything. I can tell you that I have 5 dogs and 3 cats and I have had to take 3 of the dogs to the Vet because of scratching the blood out of themselves. They were some sick dogs and cost me over $300.00 vet bill. I do not want to be a griping SOB. I am a good guy but I do not have the money to do this anymore.
    I put this stuff on the pet (just like the instructions say and it is like I just put oiley water on them.

  165. catherine whittingtoJune 8, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    @ Bill Grissom: Bill, I have had very good success with the oral medication Comfortis. Comfortis is given monthly, with food, and is about $12 per dose. I have not seen Dr. Dym comment on it, but it really solved my flea problems. Good luck!

  166. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJune 8, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    Thanks for sharing. Comfortis is quite effective oral flea product.

  167. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJune 8, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    Sorry for your experience with the flea product you used. Perhaps try a different topical medicine.

  168. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJune 8, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    Perhaps try oral comfortis.

  169. I have been using Advantage(for dogs 21 to 45)on my cat. I squeeze the tube into a container and then use a syringe to get the dosage for my cat(one tube does several months). Now I can’t get advantage anymore. Thinking about the Flea4x for dogs, same exact ingredients as for cats, just different dosing, which i have been doing anyway. It’s cheaper and now I have apparently acquired two more cats to keep the fleas off of(1 is a neighbors cat that comes in my house and the other is a 3 legged stray). Anybody have any experience with the Flea4x?

  170. I have two indoor cat’s and never had a problem with flea’s on them. Then we kept a stray puppy when we could not find an owner. I used frontline plus on the dog, no problem’s. Then a small stray cat we were feeding, who does not come in the house but stay’s in the garage. It turned out she was pregnant and had three kitten’s. Now all my indoor animal’s have flea’s. I put frontline for cat’s as well as for my dog and on the mother cat after she was done nursing. My animal’s are scratching themself’s constantly. We orderd cedar oil…very expensive. Did not work at all. Bathed the cats and the dog in blue dawn, which was suggested to me. My one poor cat, Hanna, is pulling her hair out. Her tummy is bare. I have read many comment’s about comfortis. I will call my vet and see what they say.

  171. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJune 10, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    I would try oral capstar if any left over adult fleas. Also your cat may need antihistamine to help stop itching such as chlorphenirimine at dose of 2 mg twice daily. Oral fatty acids such as missing link from 1800petmeds may help too.

  172. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJune 10, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    I have no experience with this product, and usually recommend only following label recommendations for flea products rather than splitting doses or using those labelled for dogs.

  173. Catherine LorenzJune 11, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    We adopted two dogs from the shelter and they came premeditated with Advantix. They both had fleas and soon had worms. So I tried Frontline just two weeks later (along with a dewormer.) They still have fleas! Our house was treated before they arrived. I’ve sworn by these products for years without any problems. I feel it is a resistance building up. What else could it be?

  174. My Golden Retriever will be moving to Houston, Texas next month (along with me). We’ve had different issues with different flea meds in Atlanta. If anyone has personal knowledge, I was hoping to get any info on the relative flea and tick population in the Houston area.. and any experiences with different meds (i.e. frontline, advantix, other) and their effectiveness in the region. Thanks for any info!

  175. We used the Comfortis, a pill taken once a month and it worked great ,when we could find nothing else that did the job,and it was recommended by our vet. Must get a prescription from vet but can buy it cheaper at 1800petmeds. Our dog is an indoor dog but we take him for walks everyday and still we had an enormous problem. Others whom I’ve told also have had great success even with multiple dog households.

  176. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJune 12, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    Thanks for sharing regarding comfortis.

  177. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJune 12, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    I have found many products effective including front line plus, advantix and oral comfortis, the latter being a newer product.

  178. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJune 12, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Resistance is possible. Try oral comfortis with written prescription from your vet.

  179. Catherine LorenzJune 12, 2012 at 5:04 pm


  180. My veterinarian also does not require a visit to buy medications. The only thing they ask is because my dog is still growing to get an updated weight measurement to make sure they are giving us the right “weight class” of the meds.

  181. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJune 19, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    Thanks for sharing. Sounds like nice and fair veteriniarian.

  182. While Frontline had previously worked on my pug, not so this year; fleas in abundance infecting indoor cats. Used Frontline (feline) without noticable difference (not due to overuse as cats never were given flea medication). Changed to Revolution with rapid cessation of fleas/tics. I need to be convinced Frontline has not altered their product but has the audacity to charge $22.00 – 25.00 for a tube of ? water!!

  183. Sharon,
    I so agree with you on Frontline changing their product. I have had the exact experience. Not only has their product ceased to work, their arrogance in Customer Service should be addressed as well!!! Like you ,I spent well over a thousand dollars having our yards, both homes, persian carpets,etc, etc, treated but continued to have flea’s on both Yorkie’s. After changing products (Advantix ll on the 3 lb. Yorkie) …(Comfortis on the 7lb. Yorkie) the flea issue is no longer. This leads me to also believe it is the product since your animals are on a different product yet. When is Frontline going to take action and start to pay attention to their Customer complaints? As to a refund on unused products…takes major paperwork and copies of Vet records not to mention being put on hold to talk to a rude employee. Forget it move on and take your loyality and money elsewhere.

  184. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJune 24, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Thanks for sharing. I have heard of similar expericiences with front line in some cases, however they have not changed their formulation as far as I know.

  185. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJune 24, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    Thanks for sharing. Front line still works in alot of cases, however I have heard of reports of possible flea resistance to the product developing.

  186. As is the case with many people, after years of working well, Frontline suddenly didn’t work anymore for fleas on our cats or dog. After months of reading the comments on this site, as well as one posted by a gal in a Yahoo blog, I finally found an effective solution. Capstar and Program are just too expensive for me now (although I just learned there’s a new chicken-flavored capsule with the same active ingredient as Capstar; and it’s much cheaper), so I used Advantage II on our cats and dog. I wanted to use Advantix on the dog, as it kills ticks, too, but the warnings say to keep cats away from the dog for 24 hours, and that’s not feasible in our house. Almost immediately these products went to work, and our one cat who suffers terribly from flea-related allergies, has stopped scratching, biting, and sneezing. As for premise treatment (we have a heavy infestation), I’ve always used Siphotrol Plus, gotten from the vet, and this works instantly. However, it’s quite toxic, and my partner has a heart condition that could be fatally exacerbated by his inhaling this product. So, I followed the advice of the Yahoo blogger by sprinkling fine table salt all over the rugs, beds and any upholstery. Then I sprinkled a bit less of baking soda over the salt. Apparently the 2 together are more effective at drying out both adult fleas and larvae than one product alone. Next, I worked these into the carpets with a broom to get them down into where any eggs may be. I tell you, in less than 24 hours there were no more fleas around! You’re supposed to vacuum it all up after 24-48 hours, then do it again every 3 days for a week or two, then repeat it once every 2 weeks. I neglected to vacuum and repeat treatment, and after 5 days some fleas were back. I found one that was very small, making me think some eggs had hatched, but the adults were killed. So, based on a friend’s recommendation, I sprinkled 20 Mule Team Borax all over, and worked it in with a broom. Only then did I read online that pets and humans should be kept away from this stuff for 48 hours! I already had 2 pets sleeping on the sofa I’d just treated. So I vacuumed it all up again, and will now use the Siphotrol because my partner’s away for 5 days. The only negative to the salt/baking soda is I’d put it in the bed, and after being in bed my skin felt like I’d come out of the sea with small cuts all over. I had the same feeling when sprinkling the borax. So try these relatively inexpensive options, keep up with it, and you and your pets will be happy again.

  187. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJuly 1, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Thanks for sharing your experience and product use.

  188. I have 2 kittens under 5 lbs and applied the Hartz flea and tick drops to them over 24 hours ago. I am still pulling live flea’s of my babies.. I called Hartz and they said it can take a week for all of them to be gone. I then did some reseach and noticed all the complaints and cats that have died from this treatment. My kittens seem to be doing fine exept itching from the flea’s. I treated there envoroment with Flea spray ( Enforcer) as well. When I was looking for a product I wanted to get Frontline but it said the cat needed to be over 5lbs witch both of the kittens are not but the are older then 12 weeks. I would like to know what is the best product to use for flea’s in kittens older than 12 weeks but under 5 lbs still ? And since I have applied Hartz already how long should I wait until (if Hartz dont get rid of the fleas in the week they specified) I apply another treatment that will work on the kittens??

  189. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJuly 3, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    I would try oral capstar from 1800petmeds for quick kill of adult fleas. Wait 2 weeks and then change to topical advantage or front line

  190. i have horses and was wondering how garlic would work on them with the fly (horse fly) issues, seems like they are like the fleas ( immune to everything this day in time). please respond if anyone has ever tried garlic with horses. thanks, Robin

  191. Have never had any problems with flea medications.

    I have been purchasing FrontLine Plus for dogs from PetCorporate.com for almost 3 years now, never an issue.

    Only 24.99 for 3 month pack =] saves me alor of money

  192. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJuly 5, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    Thank you for sharing.

  193. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJuly 5, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    I am sure garilc could not hurt although I dont have any experience using it in horses.

  194. We are getting our entire house professionally treated next week (3000 sf + basement + back yard) due to a flea infestation that I think started in the basement. We are also switching from FL+ to Advantage II, and I am giving the cats Capstar on the treatment day when I take them to the vet for shots. But the awful truth of flea control is vacuuming, vacuuming, vacuuming. When you treat the cat, you might only be killing the adults; you need to look for a treatment that has IGR (insect growth regulator) which interrupts the flea life cycle cycle. But there will still be a flea problem because the fleas are in a variety of stages, from egg to adult. One stage, the pupa stage, is when the flea is in a protective cocoon and it can stay dormant for months. This stage is activated by vibrations and air currents, so vacuuming causes it to emerge to the next stage (adult) and that’s when you get it with the vacuum, or your pet picks it up and you eventually kill it with a treatment. I am instructed to vacuum for 21 consecutive days after the treatment, in order to make sure I go through the complete life cycle. This will take hours each day, but vacuuming seems to be keeping the fleas at bay until treatment day so I think it will be worth it in the end. The cats are currently banished to the outdoors, which also means my husband and have become the hosts, so we are getting bitten occasionally. Once we have treated, we will let the cats back in and with regular Advantage dosing and lots of vacuuming, hopefully we will eradicate the problem.

  195. Peggy, I have been told that flea eggs can live in the vacumm cleaner for some time also, so would advise to empty it every time. Also, for carpets, we found that sprinkling baking soda and leaving for a few days and repeating this one or more times, kills fleas and eggs. We also stripped our beds and had the matresses sprayed the time we had the exterminator come in to make sure there weren’t any in our beds, but baking soda would probably work there too.

  196. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJuly 12, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    Baking soda certainly worth a try.

  197. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJuly 12, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    Sorry to hear of your all your ttrouble. The frequent vaccuuming should help.

  198. I used frist sheild trio on my dog, and its 9 days away from another dose, shes starting to get more and more fleas and i was wondering if i could go ahead and give her another dose, my cats are treated my home, i will be doing my yard this weekend, it blows my mind i have never seen fleas like this!! shes a rat terr, 7 years old, its gotten so bad i even treated my little girls genie pigs !!!!

  199. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJuly 13, 2012 at 12:39 am

    I would try different product like topical front line or advantage or possibly oral comfortis from 1800petmeds

  200. catherine whittingtoJuly 13, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    I met with my veterinarian today for my dog’s annual check-up and shots. Upon questioning, he gave a strong recommendation for a product called Trifexis, which prevents heartworms, intestinal parasites and kills fleas. He says that the Trifexis contains the Comfortis and works very well. He additionally said that treatment with Trifexis would be less expensive than the combination of Heartgard and Comfortis. For ticks, he said there is no oral meds that prevent ticks, but that tick collars seem to work well.

  201. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJuly 13, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Your veterinarian’s recommendations are good ones. Preventic collar is good for tick control.

  202. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJuly 13, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    I would wait 4 to 5 days and use a better product such as canine advantage or front line.

  203. Hi Dr. Dym,
    I have a little jack russell/cairn terrier who is primarily white and a flea magnet! I fronlined him just two weeks ago, and today I pulled about four fleas off of him and he is an itchy mess (poor guy). I appreciate your advice about treating the house; that makes sense and we will do that. My question, is whether you should treat your yard – he is very low to the ground and loves to just roll around in the grass. We’ll take care of the inside, but what to do with the outside??
    Thank you,

  204. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJuly 21, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    There are flea killing yard and kennel sprays that you can look into on line or from local garden store.

  205. Hi,
    I am the proud owner of a 1 year old adopted boston terrier. After using frontline, we obtained fleas. We treated the house with bombing, Dia. earth+salt+borax, we have fed him garlic, and we finally had to take him to the vet. After a pricey visit i was sent some with steroids, histamines, and simplegaurd. A few days later, I was flea combing, found a flea. I called the vet, returned my 6 month supply of simplegaurd in exchange for Certifix. I applied immediately (vet said it was ok) and the black dots got less and less during flea combing. my flea water traps all over the house were coming up clean for 2 plus weeks. I thought, Yippie! i found the trick, lets enjoy summer….WRONG. I went back to buy certifix 4 days earlier than the 30 days, put it on the next day, and whamo, in the past 24 hours got 3 fleas off the dog. i flea water trapped the house and all clean so i know im not infested…yet? But my poor boston is losing hair. I am so frustrated on trying to find something that works for my VERY active puppy. he’s unhappy because he has a decrease in outdoor time. he stays up all night itching. I dont know what to do to help my poor lil balding boston (he clearly has an allergy to them, they need to stay off!). I want to wrap him in plastic wrap to go out peepee! Am i unrealistic to believe in the replant aspect of these medications? I have a call into the vet. Any suggests are helpful!

  206. Ps.
    I have also treated the yard for two months with chemicals that says they kill for 3 months. I am trying : (

  207. I invested in a bag less vacuum cleaner. I empty it every day after a vacuum and wash the filters weekly. I have also heard moth balls in the bag will help. I am trying that now.

  208. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJuly 24, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Hope it works for you. Consider great product from flea busters for home which you can find on line

  209. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJuly 24, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Sounds like you are doing best you can.

  210. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJuly 24, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    MAy want to ask vet for a supply of capstar orally for quick kill of adult fleas and/or consider other products like comfortis from 1800petmeds.

  211. I had 2 Maine Coon cats, one 7yrs old and the other 15yrs old. After using Pet Armor for 3 months the cats had become very sick and lost their hair on the backs of their legs, both died within 3 days of each other. This is the only thing that could of killed them nothing else had changed in their world. I am so sad loosing my babies. The 15yr old had been with me since he was 8 weeks old, and I had had the 7 yr old for 6 yrs. My heart is broken and I will never use Pet Armor or 1800petmed again.

  212. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJuly 26, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    I am sorry for the loss of your cats. Any topical pesticide applied to our animals does have the potential for causing severe reactions on rare occasions.

  213. are you for real right now?how can you blame advantage ?this product works for 99% of all other users (including myself)but it dont work on JUST YOUR DOG ?and maybe a couple others. come on take some responsability for your own stuff. advantage didnt give you the flea problem and doesnt owe you ANY explanation on why it didnt work for you. its lazy ppl who want to drop a few drops of advantage on their pet and then throw out a few carpets (instead of just cleaning them)and then sit on their butts waiting for MAGIC to happen! and then WOW still have fleas!!! why ???its all advantages fault!! wahh wahh! vaccume,vaccume,vaccume,for at least 3wks twice a day . clean filter outside each and every time you vaccume. clean bedding every three days (pets, also ppls,and couch covers etc.) you must clean under couches,hutches,beds,and throw diatomaceous earth (food grade)in all areas that vaccume cant reach. throw some on floors then vaccume/sweep it up ,also put it right on your pet. AND I PROMISE YOU WILL NOT HAVE FLEASE!!! it takes alotta hard work to get rid of fleas .advantage alone wont do the trick .nor will a one day cleaning of your house.you have to do it at least the length of the fleas life cycle.

  214. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianAugust 1, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    Thanks fo rsharing your thoughts.

  215. We use Frontline Spray on our min schnauzer Hannah. She is Flea and Tick Free even though we live 0n a mountain with deep woods. Hannah is 8 years old. Before Hannah we had a dalmatian and a cat which we used frontline spray on both of them all their lives, dalmation 15 years and cat was 17 when they passed, but they lived flea and tick free all their lives. No other product works like the frontline SPRAY. NONE.

  216. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianAugust 6, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    Thanks for sharing your experiences. Glad that front line is working for you.

  217. Hannah’s Mom again, just want to clarify it is frontline SPRAY that works for us, not the dose you dab on ? I hear that does not work. We only use the Spray and it keeps fleas and ticks off our pets and out of our home. Even if our dog is around other dogs that have fleas and tick she does not get them. It instantly kills them and prevents them from our pets and our home.

  218. My cat has diabetes and is on Pro Zinc insulin twice a day. She does not go outside but our dog does. I didnt want to put any kind of flea treatment on her, because I didnt put any flea treatment on her she did get fleas and it actually made her diabetes worse where we had to have her insulin increased. I have been putting frontline on her since with no problems. My vet recommended it, even with her being diabetic. Hope this helps!

  219. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianAugust 7, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    Thanks for sharing. Sometimes in diabetic animals I will suggest more natural flea prevention such as http://www.wondercide.com or http://www.cedarcide.com

  220. Fleas can drive the owner and Pet insane I do understand . I have A Shep/Irish Setter mix male he weighs between 60 and 65lbs . We bathe him weekly adding A little tea tree oil to his bath and also we use Four Paws Brewer’s yeast with Garlic daily Our Big Boy takes 6 tablets with A little of the canned cheese also he takes fish oil tablets daily (loves them) I live in Middle Ga where fleas can be nasty !! But , doing what we have has worked just just fine no fleas at all . He is an inside doggy we dont allow him to stay outdoors except to use potty and get his excerise . I don’t see how garlic is A toxin to dogs if it’s sold for them .. BEST OF LUCK TO EVERYONE .. Look up the uses of tea tree oil 😉

  221. Dr Dym, how much time should I wait before trying a Fipronil product on my 8 year old dog after using tetrachlorvinphos product. we also have been using a permathrin house spray. I am concerned about too much and too many pesticides.

  222. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianAugust 14, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    Thanks for sharing. I have not seen any toxicity in my experience of using fresh cloves of garlic to meals of my holistic clients. Brewers yeast and garlic also helpful in some cases. I also find natural products like wondercide and cedarcide useful as well http://www.wondercide.com and http://www.cedarcide.com

  223. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianAugust 14, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    I would wait at least 2 weeks before using Fipronil after the first product.

  224. I am taking the opportunity to \bomb\ the house while the kids are away for three days. I know I have to keep the dogs and cat out of the house for several hours. I want to bath the dogs with Adams flea bath, which works great, but can I use capstar at the same time? Should I use it before I fog the house or should I follow up with it after the bath?

  225. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianAugust 16, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    You can try the capstar at any time for quick kill of adult fleas. Does not matter if at time of fogging or bath, etc

  226. I think Frontline spray is the best flea killer for dogs.I always use this product for my cute dog.

  227. I have always used advantage on my two dogs (except one time when I used frontline and it didn’t work at all) and it has always worked wonders. I never had to treat my house or anything. Then all of a sudden it quit working. I tried it two months in a row and it didn’t work. This last month I tried a new medicine that I got from my local feed store. I can’t remember what its called, but its supposed to have the flea killer of one medicine and the egg killer of another. It has not worked either. Now my dogs are totally infested and I don’t know what to do. I have wood floors which I vacuum 3 times a week. I also vacuum my couch as often. I don’t know what to do.

  228. I was using Advantage on my cat and dogs right along ,intermittently spraying the carpets and yard (as a preventative)ect,and putting Flea free in their food,no Fleas for a year. After a long dry spell we got a lot of rain and my house and animals are full of fleas.Nothing seems to kill or slow them down.I’ve vacuumed(throwing bags away),sprayed,flea bathed constantly , no good. I’ve changed to frontline ,then Vectre , nothing works.There’s diatomacious earth and borax in the carpet(been there and reapplied for last couple of years)I can’t afford an exterminator . Any ideas

  229. Is it safe to administer Comfortis (spinosad) after having sprayed with Hartz flea spray(tetraclorvinphps)?
    the Comfortis is a once a month pill

  230. catherine whittingtoAugust 20, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    I have recently heard that salt is effective against fleas. Sprinkle on the dog, sprinkle on the carpet. Is this a myth?

  231. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianAugust 20, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    I would wait 1-2 weeks and then proceed with the comfortis. Dont want to give too many pesticides too close to one another.

  232. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianAugust 20, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Try oral capstar and program. Also product called flea buster for home could be helpful as well which you can find on line. Exterminator though sometimes needed. Consider oral comfortis as well which often quickly kills adult fleas.

  233. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianAugust 20, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    Try oral comfortis from 1800petmeds or program and capstar. Treat home with good product like flea busters which you can find on line

  234. Someone who brought there dog brought fleas to our house. I have ordered premise spray and I used Adams flea treatment on my dog as I was out of advantage. This was on the 12th of August. She stll has fleas. How long should I wait before applying advantage flea drops on my dog which ALWAYS works.

    Thank you

  235. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianAugust 22, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    I would wait until August 26 before applying. Also can consider oral comfortis and/or oral capstar and program from 1800petmeds.

  236. My vet informed me that Comfortis or it’s combination product for fleas and heartworms would take care of the fleas on my cocker spaniels where others failed. Seems the fleas in this local area in Florida have become somewhat immune to Frontline and Advantage products. Tried Comfortis and fleas were GONE! I couldn’t believe how fast and how well it worked. Use Cofortis on my old girl and Trifortis on my younger male and female. No more flea issues!

  237. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianAugust 25, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    Thanks for sharing. As a vet who also practices in Florida, I have seen comfortis and trifexis work in the vast majority of cases.

  238. Since Garlic is in the Onion Family it can have toxic affects in dogs if Given to much. Some Dogs are more sensative to it than others, so when starting a garlic supstitute use samll amounts, propaply 1/8 or 1/4 of a teaspoon depending on the size of the dog. Also It should not be given more than three times a week. This increases the chances of having a negative reaction. I use minced Garlic in water for both my dogs twice a week and never have had fleas. I also hear that yeast helps with fleas, but I have not tried it becasue I fear my dog could get bloat (which is a reaction to too much yeat).

  239. i have two cats and a rabbit and was told that advantage was safe on the rabbit as well as cats. concerned that advantage 11 is different. are the ingredients the same in both products?

  240. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianAugust 26, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    Ingredients not same in Advantage II. I would call Bayer company and ask them about whether safe to use in rabbits.

  241. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianAugust 26, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    Thanks for sharing. I would also refer you to great book dr. Pitcairns guide to natural health for dogs and cats by Richard PItcairn, DVM, phd for great holistic suggestions on flea control and other health tips.

  242. I thought Frontline wasn’t working because both my cats and I were itching and we had these little clear bugs that turned brown/black when they fed. I just discovered they weren’t fleas but mites. My cat is a mouser. He brought us some rat mites into the house. Now I’m using Revolution because Frontline doesn’t work on mites. So glad to have finally discovered the truth. I hope this helps someone who is battling fleas. They may not be fleas. Make sure you don’t have rat, mouse or bird mites. You’ll need different medications and different foggers for the house.

  243. lol i love love my dog and it drives me nuts to see her with fleas i feel so bad but i am tooo busy to just clean clean clean like that and it is completely un called for your dogs are gonna get fleas it will happen and yes you are gonna have to spend some money to get rid of them if you dont cut corners and you just buy the right stuff in the first place bombs and the name brand k-9 advantage – you can keep it under control before it gets to far out of your control and you have to call someone. I have a problem now and all because i wanted to save a buck now its gonna cost me a lot more then if i would of just ( like i usually do ) went ahead and bought the REAL meds my lil girl needed bottom line is its NOONES fault if the animal gets fleas its something thats bound to happen

  244. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianSeptember 1, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    Dont be too hard on your self. Advantage is an excellent product as are other topicals like front line and oral products like comfortis and program.

  245. I have a 2yrs old Havanese. His fur is short and hypo allergenic so it’s really easy to apply flea meds. I take him to a lot of places (dog parks, dog beach, campus) where fleas may be a problem, and he always comes home with a few. Frontline doesn’t work, neither does Advantix, nor did Revolution. I still apply Frontline on him but not much really change. I don’t want to alter his routines just to avoid fleas.

    Also our house does not have a flea infestation and it had been treated for one just in case in the past.

    What should I do? I mean a flea med that semi-works is better than not giving him one at all right?

  246. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianSeptember 8, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    Try oral medicine called comfortis or oral capstar and program from 1800petmeds.

  247. I used advantix ll on my dog and not only didn’t it work but he had a reaction. He hid under the bed for a couple of days and he seemed to lose his appetite. He’s better now but had chewed himself up pretty bad. I took him to the vet and got medication which is working very well. My vet suggested Comfortis. I am going to try it and hope for the best.

  248. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianSeptember 15, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Some pets are sensitive to pesticides/ Hopefully the comfortis will go better. You could also consider natural flea products like http://www.wondercide.com or http://www.cedarcide.com

  249. I’ve tried the cedarcide and it doesn’t work either. It says not to soak your pet, yet the only way the flea dies is to soak it. I’ve been combing my pet than spraying the fleas – I’ve also used their spray for the back yard – she is stilling getting them every time she goes where I sprayed.
    I think it is just a bad year for fleas and not much we can do about it.

  250. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianSeptember 17, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    Two other great natural products to try are diatomatcious earth, which needs to be applied often, as well as Buck Mountain’s flea product. also http://www.wondercide.com a good product as well.

  251. I used Frontline Plus for my shih poo and shih tzu. The shih poo has them really bad where her skin is discolored and she scratches constantly. My shih tzu has hard dry patches that I have had to cut off. He has 2 of them. I wanted to know if it’s worth giving them the Capstar now since I’ve given them the Frontline Plus 8 hours ago. Had I investigated first, I would have given them the Capstar first, then FL. I’ve ordered the shampoo and tea tree oil skin relief. Please advise.

  252. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianOctober 6, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    Capstar is fine to use now when active adult fleas found on poet. I think the shampoos and topical will help as well. Also try oral chlorphenirmine at dose of 2 to 4 mg twice daily as an antihistamine ot help with allergic reactions.

  253. My cat and dog have fleas, i first applied a topical flea med(cheap brand) Didny work then i bathed them and combed them, i even sprayed my house base boards and furniture with spray a vet reccommended! Still finding fleas!!!! Help! Is it ok to put another med on them like Advantage? It been a week since last med?

  254. Please do not use frontline on your cat, because it might KILL your cat. The main ingredient in frontline is pyrethrin, or pyrethroid compounds. Dogs and some other mammals have a special enzyme that helps them to break this compound down which is why it is safe to use on the dog but it kills the flea. However, cats lack this enzyme and do not break down pyrethrin. If you give a cat this compound they will start to show signs of poisoning, and if you give them too much, they can die! Please check with your vet and see what cat approved flea medications are out there.

  255. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianOctober 15, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Thanks for sharing. I am always for more natural topical flea alternatives such as cedarcide http://www.cedarcide.com or http://www.wondercide.com

  256. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianOctober 15, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    I would wait another week and then fine to use advantage. Try oral comfortis or program/capstar from 1800petmeds as alternatives as well. Remember to treat home as well where much of flea life cycle occurs.

  257. I used petarmor 2 weeks ago on my cats and they are still infested with fleas. It is to soon to use frontline?

  258. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianOctober 16, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    I dont see a problem using front line now.

  259. Used Frontline Plus for years no problem until this last summer. We had a very mild winter last winter in Northern VA and the fleas this year have been terrible. The vet was having us stay on the Frontline but I was seeing no results. There was no slowdown of flea activity. They were not dying at all even within the first 24-48 hours after application. It seemed like the fleas had really built up an immunity to the Frontline at least in our area. We kept telling the vet and they said they were having a lot of complaints about Frontline working this summer in our area. They just got in this new product they were having good luck with “activyl” by MERCK So far so good. I put one dose on our Pomeranian and after about 8 hours you could see the fleas having problems and after 24 hours most were gone. Nice to see her able to get good sleep again. Too soon to say how well it does after a month and before the next application but I am very hopeful. It is not cheap, almost $100 for 6 applications but that may not be a hole lot more than Frontline if you figure they are usually sold in 3 month packages. I heard that you have to get it from your vet and it’s not available online yet anyway. Will try to update after using for a while longer. Thanks!

  260. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianNovember 1, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Thanks for sharing. Will be interesting to see how activyl works long term.

  261. Can comfortis be used with the topical advantix?

  262. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianNovember 5, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    You can use these but I think it is too much pesticide for one animal, and would rather you choose one or the other.

  263. Thank you for your response. I had been using Frontline religiously for years but had break through early this fall. I switched to Advantix and treated the environment like crazy and have been giving my dog flea baths each week for about a month. I found fleas on him yesterday. I wondered if treating with a medication having a different mechanism of action from Advantix would help. Fleas are a formidable enemy!!

  264. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianNovember 6, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    Perhaps try oral pills such as comfortis or oral program/capstar.

  265. I had a “guest dog” visit for a few weeks and she brought fleas into the house. My home that has been flea free for years now appears to have fleas again. I treated my 5 dogs with Frontline on 11/2 and two of my dogs still have active fleas. I also have Bayer’s Advantix and thought that I would try and treat all of the dogs again today (7 days later) with this product. Must I wait longer than 7 days to treat with the Bayer product?

  266. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianNovember 9, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    I would wait another 3-7 days and then apply advantix. Also consider oral products like capstar and comfortis which you can use now from 1800petmeds.

  267. Browsing here because my one cat, we have 3, and 2 dogs seems to be a flea magnet. Used less expensive remedies with minimal success, then switched to Advantage for all the furkids. Big guy still has 2 fleas 24 hours after applying the Advantage. I went so far as to cut his fur prior to application, he has medium fur with a double coat. Fortunately he likes the attention.

    Anyway, I noticed someone suggested giving pets garlic, um, I wouldn’t recommend that. The ASPCA lists it as toxic to both cats and dogs. I know it was once considered a good idea but apparently it causes red blood cell damage so I’d try something else if you want to go natural. I hear borax is good for carpets and furniture, fleas have exoskeletons and it kills them. A long process but eventually works and is non-toxic I’m told. I can’t do it because my one dog is allergic to fleas

  268. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianNovember 13, 2012 at 12:28 am

    In 20 years of vet practice I have not seen small amounts of garlic toxic to pets. See book Dr Pitcairns guide to natural health for dogs and cats by Richard Pitcairn, DVM, phd on natural flea control suggestions of which cloves of garlic is one long term successful one.

  269. Okay I wanted to try things out before posting back here again. Comfortis worked for exactly 2 weeks, before I saw little black flea poop on his butt area. I tried some all natural sprays, specifically the one from Vet’s Best, and those didn’t work well either and the herbal mint and clover smell makes me sneeze a lot.
    New idea?

  270. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianNovember 13, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    I would try diatomatcious earth topically as natural flea control Also consider oral capstar and program from 1800petmeds.

  271. “look it up…..” NOT everything you read on line is accurate, or even sensible!

  272. Our cat (about 4 yrs old) has fleas (we believe picked up from someone’s yard when my husband visited and brought in on his clothes when he got home).

    We purchased Adams topical, applied it as directed (at the base of his neck pulling the hair back) about 2 weeks ago but our cat still has fleas. I recently became disabled from fibromyalgia & cancer and my husband is unemployed & we can’t afford the expensive Frontline or Advantage treatments, which is why we had to get the Adams since it was 1/2 the price. Do you have any recommendations of how we can help our cat with the fleas? I haven’t noticed any in the house or on us thusfar. We don’t want our cat to get sick & also don’t want it to become a problem in the home with fleas either. We’d appreciate your help & guidance.

  273. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianNovember 24, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    Not much I can suggest as cheap alternative. I would try oral capstar and program from 1800petmeds.

  274. Frontline absolutely DOES NOT WORK. I used borax in the den, completely covering the carpet, moved all of the furniture and waited 8 HOURS before vacuuming. BOMBED THE DEN. I had the cats outside of the house in a flea-free home. where they had a flea bath in that flea-free home. Treated them with frontline. Put them into the den. 3 days later, FLEAS who do not seem to care whatsoever about the Frontline Don’t tell me that it’s important to make sure the environment is treated; the entire house had been bombed the week before, AND BORAXED. This was the SECOND TREATMENT. To say that fleas are not evolving resistance is to deny evolution. The longer they delay acknowledging what they know, the larger the settlement will be in the class-action lawsuit. BECAUSE THE THE STRESS IS PAIN & SUFFERING. KEEP YOUR RECEIPTS.

  275. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianNovember 28, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Thanks for sharing. I have heard of many stories of front line not working as well as it used to.

  276. I am trying to decide between K-9 Advantage II and Trifexis
    any thoughts on the pros and cons between the two?

    My vet carries the Trifexis but not the K-9 – I’ve asked why but am not given a reason.

    any thoughts would be helpful. thank you

  277. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianNovember 28, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    I personally dont have alot of experience with Advantage II but I know that trifexis is an excellent oral heartworm and flea preventative product.

  278. I have tried both Advantix and Frontline Plus and still can’t get rid of the fleas. I have washed all bedding both pets and humans and shampooed the carpets until I didn’t see any more fleas in the water. I still am having problems.

  279. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianDecember 10, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    Maybe try oral comfortis and/or oral program and capstar from 1800petmeds. Consider treating home with flea busters which you can find on line

  280. Yep, having problems ridding cats and dogs of fleas. Used Frontline and bombed the apartment twice using different products. I have a medium haired large cat, he’s about 17lbs and just large so I cut his fur to ensure the product got on his skin and after 48 hours he still had fleas as did my home. The other cats were flea free so I dunno what to think. They seem to be far from where I apply the product so I’m wondering if it’s not disseminating properly for some reason? Not enough product for such a large cat perhaps? Same with my smaller dog, she always has fleas, she weighs 55lbs and I use the correct dose and insure that it gets on her skin as well. I’m at my wits’ end on how to eliminate the problem. I’ve tried diatomaceous earth, borax, bombs, flea collars, vacuuming – everything mentioned here exempt oral meds, that is my last hope before I shave everyone and rip out the carpets (not a real option since I rent).

  281. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianDecember 11, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    I would try oral comfortis and/or program from 1800petmeds. Also treat home for fleas with flea busters whcih you can find on line

  282. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianDecember 11, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    I would use oral comfortis and/or program from 1800petmeds and use flea busters to treat home which you can find on line

  283. the main ingridient in Frontline for cats is Fipronil. The pyrethrins are in Advantix and that is why Advantix cannnot be used in cats

  284. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianDecember 21, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    Thanks for sharing this knowledge and information.

  285. After reading all the entries,I felt I had to add to this! I lived in Houston,Tx for the entirety of my 1 dog and 2 cats lives. They never had any fleas,and I only used Frontline or Advantage for the warmer months (about 5/6 months out of year)- and I NEVER had a flea issue. Now, I am in Amelia Island,Fla-just barely over a month- and I’ve never had this many fleas EVER. We’ve spent over $100,on Frontline and over the counter spray and shampoo,( we double dosed the Frontline because we were desperate-I won’t do that again). Ive vaccuumed constantly and did everything short of bombing. All of this to no avail. We are living at my in-laws until we find a house-& she has 6 outdoor/indoor cats! I will follow all the wonderful advice on this blog-I learned so much! The main reason I wanted to write though, was to contribute to the Frontline discussion…it is NOT working in Florida!!! Perhaps elsewhere,or with a lucky few in Fla-but certainly not for the majority. The pest control person told us that the “fleas have built up a resistance to flea products here,and they’re having a huge infestation of them in Fla.”. I will be trying thw Comfortis and Capstar program,the baking soda and salt together,lavender oil,garlic-(funny to me that the same person who may think small amnt of garlic is toxic,is fine with poisonous chemicals!I will trust the vet docs with homeopathic experience & knowledge vs. a person or vet with none!)-and maybe a secret bombing;) I’ll report back with my success or failure. I cannot stand fleas!!!!! It takes forever to drown them in water,by the way,they can JUMP in it,and climb back out of a sink drain after flushing them down with copious amounts of water!!!! Truly foul. Thank you to everyone for your help-and to Dr.Dym for your wonderful blog!

  286. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianDecember 31, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    HI Shawna: As a fellow Floridian who has been practicing down here for over a year I can tell you that I agree with you regarding the resistant flea issue. In traditional vet practice the comfortis and capstar seem to be a good combination that is working. Incorporating some of the other holistic options is good as well. Good luck and let us know how you do with the flea control. Happy New Year.

  287. read the label before you rate a product and continue falsi info. there are NO pyrethrins in frontline

  288. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJanuary 30, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    I am aware that there are no pyethrins in front line. I am sorry for any typos in prior written reviews.

  289. My one year old Chihuahua is only 2.9lbs. and contracted fleas from Feral cats outside. I live in Florida and my Vet only started carrying Comfortis. He treated her with Capstar which worked (so far), but when I gave her the Comfortis tablet, she threw up 2X, so I searched the net and there are loads of negative comments about this pill saying dogs are dying of liver failure, So I returned the unused portion and now because of living in Boca Raton, Florida and her tiny weight, I am at a loss as to what to give her next month. She has Tapeworms and I gave her the meds for it, but what do I do for her next month? Help!!!!

  290. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianFebruary 2, 2013 at 12:49 am

    Hi Beverly. There are other traditional treatment options for your pet including topical revolution, as well as topical advantage or front line plus. You could also look into more holistic options in such tiny pets, who are indeed often more sensitive to pesticides than larger breeds. http://www.wondercide.com is another option for you. Also you could consult with a holistic vet. There are many in your area. To learn more see http://www.doctordym.com

  291. You have to treat your house and yard if your dog has fleas! Try an insect growth regulator (IGR) and Conquer in your house and yard. They are both non-toxic, easy to apply and what the professional exterminators use. It will take a few weeks for the fleas to go through their lifecycle, but they will be gone and your house and yard will be protected for 7 months. The Conquer kills existing live fleas (so you may have to re-apply once a week until they are gone) and the IGR will render any new fleas that enter the house unable to reproduce (thus they will never become resistant to it.) It also works on mosquitos and flies…anything that molts.

  292. Thx for replying. Hubby and I see no fleas in our house. I have my extermintor here. I ordered the Capstar to keep just in case. For a 2 lb. 9 oz. dog, which monthly treatment works and won’t harm my dog, she is one year old. She threw up from the Comfortis so I won’t use that again.

  293. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianFebruary 4, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    Perhaps try topical revolution from 1800petmeds which I find fairly safe in small dogs. Capstar is wonderful to kill adult fleas on pets

  294. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianFebruary 4, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    Thanks for sharing these wonderful product suggestions.

  295. Hi–I have one tube left of frontline and not sure if it were the dogs or cats. What would happen if I use it on our cat . our dogs our very small and our cat needs a treatment now and hate to throw this one treatment away,

  296. OK…Purchased sticky flea traps for all the bedrooms. Not a one flea in any of them. I gave Precious a Capstar and today I ordered Advantage II Once-A-Month Topical Flea Treatment for Dogs & Puppies
    Will let you know how it works out,,,,Thanks

  297. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianFebruary 13, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    You are welcome. Let us know how it goes.

  298. I have treated my cat with Frontline, Advantage and Actyvil. I have had professionals in to spray the carpet (they don’t spray furniture or other soft furnishings). I have been using Indorex spray on my furniture and bedding..also hot washing all clothes and bedding. Still the fleas prevail. I am desperate as it seems everything I am trying is failing. I do believe fleas are becoming tolerant to treatments because I have followed my vets instructions ..ensuring the spot on treatments get on cat skin at back of neck. Still it goes on..driving us both crazy.

  299. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianFebruary 24, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    I would try oral comfortis from 1800petmeds, as well as make sure you treat home with good product like flea busters which you can find on line.

  300. It is spelled VACUUM.

  301. I would like to request the cridentials of Dr. Michael Dym; because it has been my experience in working in the veterinary industry for MANY years that garlic and onions have proven to be toxic to pets causing kidney and liver damage. I would never instruct a client to use garlic as a flea prevention. This study can be found in the American Journal of Veterinary Medicine.

  302. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianApril 24, 2013 at 1:54 am

    I am a Penn trained veterinarian graduate of 1991. I was also trained in holistic veterinary medicine by Richard Pitcairn, DVM, phd who is author of best selling book Dr PItcairn’s Guide to natural health for dogs and Cats By Richard Pitcairn, DVM, phd, who has phd in immunology. Pitcairn has recommend fresh cloves of garlic for several decades to his clients and has not seen any problems with anemia from garlic in his practice and experience. I have not seen any issues in those clients who have used it either. There are also plenty of products sold out there including Pet guard Brewers yeast and garlic supplement for pets, which has been used for decades without problem.

  303. I use comfortis myself with excellent results. the pills a big so I break them in half and coat them in butter so they go down easier. I have found that it is cheaper to just take my critters to the vet and get the good stuff than to just waste money on OTC meds and for treating the home I put a few moth balls in the vacuum bag and thoroughly vacuum all floors carpeted and not as well as baseboards and furniture

  304. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJuly 2, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    Thanks for sharing. Comfortis is an excellent product.

  305. I have my jack Russell his 2nd dose of frontline plus about 2 weeks ago. He is completely infested with fleas. I gave him a bath 2 days ago with dish soap, washed every blanket and peice of fabric in my house, cleaned everything, and used flea spray all over the house, and I have picked over 30 fleas off him today. I also treated the yard last week. After reading your article, I believe I may not be getting the frontline onto his skin bc his hair is so thick on his neck. Do you think it would be safe to apply another dose, properly, now even though it’s 2 weeks early? Also I have a cat who I treat the same time as the dog and I’ve never seen a flea on him. So I’m almost certain the dogs medicine hasn’t been applied properly.

  306. I have found that the oral flea medications work best, Trifexis is one that I currently use which is also a heartworm preventative. Your vet would need to examine the pet first and them prescribe the medication but we had a very bad flea problem and now have one or two fleas only once and a while.

  307. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJuly 3, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    Can probably reapply the front line 2 weeks later, but I would also consider alternative product like oral comfortis from 1800petmeds.

  308. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJuly 3, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    Thanks for sharing…..I agree the oral products work best, including trifexis and comfortis.

  309. Advantage II for my cat didn’t work. Applied it right, sprayed carpets, washed bedding and blankets and he is still covered.

  310. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJuly 26, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    Try oral comfortis from 1800petmeds, and treat home with natural product like fleabusters which you can find on line

  311. I COMPLETELY disagree with you about topical flea medication, oral flea medication, and with properly ridding a home of fleas. It is not the owner’s fault. I have tried EVERY, I repeat, EVERY remedy out on the market today with the exception of now only two for my cats and dog. NOTHING, I repeat, NOTHING is working. I have resorted to waiting for winter when those suckers die off. After that MY DOG WILL NEVER GO OUTSIDE AGAIN IN THE SPRING, SUMMER, OR FALL!!!!!!!!!!! I have HAD IT with completely ignorant people telling me that it’s MY fault. Sorry it’s not because I have done EVERYTHING humanly possible to try and kill the fleas and have thousands of dollars worth of receipts to prove it. I have NEVER, I repeat, NEVER had a problem with fleas in the past. I have been a pet owner for 30 years and have done an AWESOME job taking care of all of my furbabies, so don’t tell me I’m the one who doesn’t know what I’m talking about. It is the drug businesses and the chemical businesses that are at fault. NOT THE CONSUMER!!!!!!!!! And by the way, pet stores that carry these products have seen an influx of pet owners telling them the medications don’t work. I’m sorry, but there can’t be THAT MANY uneducated pet owners. I’m thinking the businesses are the uneducated ones since greed usually is their best trait. If you want to believe that they are right and we are wrong, you are playing right into their trap of greed. Pets all over the place are suffering, and instead of pointing fingers, it’s time we start to figure a solution to the problem. That solution is pretty simple. Something COMPLETELY NEW needs to be invented to kill fleas because they have become immune to the products that have been on the market these past 20 years. Or all of us should just own chickens since they eat fleas.

  312. i came up with my own way to get the flea problem i live threw. I mix a cup of oatmeal and about 1/4 cup of garlic powder in a bucket of warm water and let it sit for a few minutes about ten minutes. And pour it on my dog. Then wash her with my favorite puppy shampoo. I do this weekly and no fleas for about 6 months.

  313. I’m going to try this Amanda. I know fleas hate garlic but I can’t get my animals to eat the tablets (they don’t like the smell). And the oatmeal will be great for their itchy skin.

  314. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianAugust 5, 2013 at 11:28 pm

    Thanks for sharing your experiences.

  315. I have a pet shih tzu 7 years now. Frontline stopped working a few years ago and I tried k9 advantix. K9… Gave my dog a bad reaction so I stopped using it after some more research I found cedar cide oil. We have been using it for this summer and only once had a encounter with a flea. I think that may have been my fault because I’m not sure i applied the oil thoroughly that day. I did get comfortis and I know that works but my question is, is it okay to use comfortis with cedarcide oil?

  316. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianAugust 28, 2013 at 12:08 am

    Should not be a problem but dont know why you need to use comfortis if cedarcide working for you.

  317. Hi! I now know I did not put the flea treatment on correctly to my dog. Is it okay to reapply the following day…this time doing it the right way? I did not touch skin the first time…please help

  318. I am not a vet but i was told if you goof like that you should wait atleast a week before reapplying

  319. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianSeptember 30, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    I would not reapply next day. Wait 10-14 days and/or use oral comfortis instead. from 1800petmeds.

  320. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianOctober 1, 2013 at 12:02 am

    At Least 1-2 weeks.

  321. I agree with Kimberley. I’ve been a pet owner for over 50 yrs. I worked at many vets, I know how to apply the meds. It used to be if you applied it in the tub you could watch the fleas act drunk staggering around then they would drop off in a matter of 10 minutes. Now they just walk right over the stuff and never stagger or die…It doesn’t kill them anymore .

  322. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianOctober 1, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    Thanks for sharing Ava.

  323. point-blank your flea medicine does not work on cats,my cats (two) donot go outside,but yet,it seems that there are more itching and scratching than ever before,using your so called anti-flea medicine wonderdrug (ACTIVYL)they are bringing fleas into our home,wahts this all about!AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!

  324. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianNovember 10, 2013 at 2:10 am

    sorry to hear about persistent flea problem. Consider oral comfortis from 1800petmeds, as well as treating home with good product like flea busters which you can find on line

  325. Or the cat would overdose on the dog’s dose?

  326. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianNovember 18, 2013 at 2:13 am

    Yes it is easy to overdose cats with dog labelled products.

  327. I am confused if frontline is not safe for cat why would my vet sell me frontline plus for the cat and dog???

  328. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianNovember 24, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Front line is usually fine in most pets. I have just found it not to be as effective as it used to be in my experience and opinion, especially here in South Florida

  329. Dr. Dym, I have consulted with you about my cats. I wonder if you recommend using Revolution with a cat for a persistent flea problem? I have tried holistic treatments and prefer them. I know I have to treat the premises also. Does this product seem safe to you? Thank you very much.

  330. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJanuary 20, 2014 at 12:39 am

    HI Phyllis. Of course I remember you well. Great to hear from you. For my holistic-oriented clients I try and recommend nonpesticidal alternatives for flea control in cats. I would see the books The NAtural Cat By Anitra Frazier, and DR Pitcairns Guide to Natural health for dogs and cats by Richard Pitcairn, DVM, phd for some excellent suggestions. Also see websites http://www.wondercide.com http://www.cedarcide.com and the great products from Buck mountain which you can find on line. http://www.fleabusters.com is also excellent resource. If you are still battling fleas after trying these measures, than I would consider topical revolution short term if needed. Keep in mind that as a homeopathic veterinarian, I always prefer to treat cats homeopathically constitutionally to make cats healthier and less attractive to fleas, as you would probably guess. If we need to consult again, please email me or go to my website http://www.doctordym.com for additional contact information.

  331. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJanuary 20, 2014 at 12:45 am

    Phyllis. Just spoke to my wife who said she tried to contact you. Best for us to consult over phone to help rid cats of flea issues if possible naturally as discussed above.

  332. I have a cocker spaniel, about 5 years old. Frontline Plus did not work for him at all. Capstar did not work. Advantage worked for three weeks the first application, two weeks the next. Flea Treats (vitamin B pills) did not repel as promised, but did cause his coat to come in thicker and prettier. These products work beautifully for lots of dogs, just not mine. People, you can treat your home and yard all you want, but what happens when your dog is off your property – going for walks or to the park, etc.? The rest of the world is not “treated”. What then? I need something that works with my dog’s chemistry. I haven’t found anything yet. Any suggestions, anyone?

  333. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianMarch 12, 2014 at 1:03 am

    Try some of products at http://www.wondercide.com

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  337. I have a 9 yr old shih tzu that I was treating with natural repellents and she is still getting fleas. I also at one point was using bug off garlic granule but stopped because I wasn’t sure if the yeast in it would give my dog a yeast infection. The fleas biting my dog is making me depressed as I tried everything. I now have a pill for comfortis and want to try it but I see a lot of reviews about it being good and others about it causing death in pets. Please help me, I’m at my wits end. Also. Fresh garlic didn’t seam to help my pet. Was I wrong for taking off the garlic pill! Do they cause yeast infections?

  338. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJuly 22, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    Garlic pills dont cause yeast infections in my opinion. I have not had much problem with comfortis in practice, if given with a meal, however rare reactions with any pesticide can occur. If you want to try additional natural products, see the suggestions at the website http://www.fiestapetdeli.com or http://www.wondercide.com

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  341. Stop poisoning your pets people. From my experience with SEVERAL flea meds on a dog and 2 cats my opinion is: they DO NOT work. Companies that make topical flea and tick products know this but like the big pharma are here to rip you off. I use Diatomaceous Earth (food grade) in our basement and comb my cat everyday (dog is gone and other cat is outside) and that’s the only thing that’s been working. Does it eliminate fleas 100%? No. But better than poisoning my pet! I comb until i get no fleas. I usually get about 5-6 a day (outside cat comes in to eat and that doesn’t help, when she’s gone we won’t have that problem)

  342. Serafina, Please, just don’t let your pets inhale the Diatomaceous Earth; its microscopic cells (diatoms) have razor sharp edges that can literally cut your pets’ lungs to shreds, causing a long, painful death during which they can’t breathe. I lost a cat this way, as did a friend who sprinkled it on a carpet in a room where she kept a cat. Another friend of mine puts a little warm water in her cats’ wet food then mixes the DE in with that so it dissolves. I’m against poisonous stuff on my animals, but have had success with K9 Advantix for the dog, and Revolution on the cats (who don’t go out, so they don’t need tick repellent). I also use a premise spray in the house once a year. While spraying, I put the animals outside and leave them there for an hour after spraying. No one has had any adverse reactions, although I know it’s always a possibility.

  343. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianSeptember 8, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    Thanks for sharing Serafina.

  344. Fleas will still jump on and bite your pet even after treating. Fleas will get picked up while your pet is outside. This is how topical flea treatments work. A flea needs to bite the animal in order to ingest the poison. The flea dies and the cycle in your house is shortened, but as long as animals go outside you will never be flea free. Vacuum the floors and wash bedding (yours too) regularly to help stop the indoor flea cycle.

  345. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianSeptember 12, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    Thanks Julia for your excellent suggestions

  346. I use advantage II on my kitties. Recently I have had problems with fleas returning before the next dose (EVERY 30 DAYS) is due. I read where it works UP TO 30 days. If this is the case, how soon can I re-apply advantage?

  347. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianSeptember 14, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    I have applied it every 2 weeks in heavy infestation cases

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  350. Hi I applied some frontline on my small dog about the weeks ago. With in this time I realized it was applied wrong so we gave her a bath like two days after we applied it wrong. I’m wondering even I can put more on..

  351. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianSeptember 28, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    I think it is ok to reapply in 2 weeks in this situation from time of first application. You can also consider oral flea meds like comfortis from 1800petmeds.

  352. NO Vetrenarian would say you can use garlic!!! So glad u replied!! It’s definitely toxic to pets, big red banner in my vets office!!
    To the guy saying 99% of pet owners adantage does work for, and she’s just lazy, you couldn’t be more wrong. South Cali and many other states and areas my friends live in have had NO effectiveness AT ALL, for years with frontline, Advantage, or advantix, plus, II, or any form of any of those. Comfortis for dogs, and revolution for cats is what we all have been using for several years now, ever since the others quit working. Also, what you described, all that vaccuuming, washing and nonsense is what one does when their pets are untreated or the meds aren’t working. Exactly what we were all doing before we heard about the flea immunities. We never treated our homes, just switched to meds that work. Haven’t seen a flea on our pets or in our homes since. Bust open the pocket book dude, pets should have a vet check up once a year anyway. Your knocking yourself out unnecessarily.

  353. I used to be an inspector in South Cali for wild animal parks, refugees, and kennels. I would have shut you down!!!! Just because your dogs stomach tolerates it, it does not mean it is not toxic!! You are shortening your animals life spans!! Your animals, not your pets, pet owners don’t do that. You should be behind bars!! I will be reporting you!!
    And the Vet on this site not advising against it, I will be reporting you too!! Saying nothing is as bad as putting a cigarette in their mouth. They won’t die today, just prematurely. This site is dangerous!! I totally see why this yahoo is an online Vet. Killed too many in practice doc????

  354. Why to go, Boffo DuClon! I can’t believe all the support for garlic when I have the same information you and Jilly have! Thanks for posting. Jilly, I live in Yorba Linda (CA, for those who don’t know) and no otc meds have worked on my cocker’s fleas. Poor guy is allergic to fleas. While it was a bit of a strain for us at the moment, my husband had to “bust open the pocket book” and take him to the vet for a prescription. The exam was $50, the Comfortis was $95 for a six months supply. A person can treat their home and yard all they please, but what about the rest of the world – horsetrail, park, etc.? We need a product that works with our pets’ chemistry’s and is effective OUTSIDE the home. Happy for those people who still have luck with the otc meds.

  355. Frontline Tik is worthless I have appled all three tubes on my Dog and he is still invested with fleas. I have no problem getting it to his skin he is a short hair Chihuahua. I am not pleased at what I paid for it and yet he is still covered in Fleas. I have been getting better results by bathing him. At this Point I will be glad when we have a Freeze. After 3 applications in less that a month, I would not waist my money on any frontiline products again. Not Happy.

  356. Mary, It’s true that Frontline doesn’t work anymore on many animals, mine included, but PLEASE don’t apply this or any other product so often. 3 applications in less than a month could be poisonous or even fatal for your dog. Try Confortis or Advantix II. I use Advantix on my chihuahua (be sure to get the “small dog” dosage), and she’s been flea and tick-free for a couple of years. You have to treat the house, too, though, or the fleas living there will just keep reproducing and bothering your dog. If you don’t want to use chemical premise treatments, you could use salt and baking soda, which seemed to work for us. Look up online how to do the salt/baking soda routine. Good luck.

  357. It said on the Box apply again if necessary I did not do them all at once, I waited about 1 1/2 weeks and Applied Again, poor little guy was covered. We have sand fleas out side it was so dry here and he would not have a flea on him, and as soon as he come back in, covered in them, little itty bitty black sand fleas. I keep the house sprayed haven’t seen them in here. But when I go outside they get on my feet, so I spray my feed with repellent and haven’t had that issue yet. I can not afford to buy something else right now, that cost me $50 and times are hard. I figured it would last me three months. So we are doing the bathing every 3 or 4 days, Haven’t seen as many fleas just a few. Thank you for your Help and the Luck.

  358. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianOctober 13, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    You are very welcome.

  359. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianOctober 13, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    Thanks Pamela for the wonderful and helpful suggestions. I agree focusing on the home and another preventative like comfortis is great idea.

  360. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianOctober 13, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    See Pamela’s excellent response. Definitel no more front line in my opinion. I would go with oral comfortis.

  361. He can not take the Comfortis, he has Seizures and as I said can not afford to buy something else right now. I feel Like I should ask for my money back.

  362. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianOctober 14, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    I certainly understand. Consider natural flea control such as food grade diatomaceous earth or possibly the wonderful natural products on http://www.wondercide.com

  363. Apparently Money must not be an Issue for you, I spent over 180 dollars of Flea Stuff for my Animals through this Site. I do not have the money to buy anymore thanks to the wonderful greed of this Country. I have mixed my own, with Vinegar and Dawn Dish Soup, one cup Each mixed in a bottle and then I bathed him with it. Haven’t seen a Flea Since and it did not cost much. Thank you. I doubt If I order from here again, I would rather make something myself that i know is safe than to use something else on my Dog. He was miserable for over a month with those Sand Fleas. As I stated before I figured the 3 tubes would last me of the Frontline for 3 months and if it doesn’t work anymore why are you selling it on this Site. Ban it and stop it from being on your Site if you truly care about Animals.

  364. Pet are a part of the family and to take care of them in a proper way is lot more important and specially you have enough knowledge about the pet infections to prevent the disease, the best way is to vacuum all home properlly.

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  366. Uhm not to sound rude. But what does making aprons have anything to do with flea medicine.

  367. ADVANTAGE for indoor cats did not work on my two cats. After a week of still getting fleas off them I called the hot-line noted on the box. I followed all their instructions which included re-dose in 2 wks from original dosage, vacuum every day, use pet-friendly flea spray all over house and their beds. NOTHING WORKED; wrote Bayer (the maker) and sent receipt with my note. They never acknowledged it, nor did I get a refund, its been 4 weeks.
    At advise of Vet, I have switched to Revolution and plan to stick with it every 4 weeks even though it costs a little more.

  368. What happened to my prior post?

    Bottom line…ADVANTAGE did not work for me, even after calling hot-line and following their instructions which included re-dose after 2 weeks. Bayer, the manuf., did not give me a refund nor did they acknowledge my request. I’m going back to REVOLUTION, even though more expensive.

  369. ADVANTAGE for indoor cats did not work on my two cats. After a week of still getting fleas off them I called the hot-line noted on the box. I followed all their instructions which included re-dose in 2 wks from original dosage, vacuum every day, use pet-friendly flea spray all over house and their beds. NOTHING WORKED; wrote Bayer (the maker) and sent receipt with my note. They never acknowledged it, nor did I get a refund, its been 4 weeks.
    At advise of Vet, I have switched to Revolution and plan to stick with it every 4 weeks even though it costs a little more.

    JOHN, you are right…it’s very important AND I VACUUMED EVERY DAY FOR TWO WEEKS; plus sprayed with an eco-pet-friendly flea spray for carpets. I hope by switching to Revolution my cats can get back on track to not having this south florida flea problem.

  370. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJanuary 7, 2015 at 6:56 am

    I have found topical front line and advantage dont work as well as they used to, especially in areas of heavy infestation like Florida year round. While revolution is an excellent product, some clients will even have to use comfortis on top of that in high exposure areas. Treating home also key.

  371. An “all cats” Vet in Jacksonville just told my friend that the best product working NOW in FL for large cats with fleas is ACTIVYL drops; needs Vet Rx or they order it for you. Gonna check into this.

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  373. AcuGuard is too big to put in the back of my cat’s throat but when I crush into some wet food that she normally dives right into, she won’t touch it. Revolution didn’t work this past month so I traded off for the AcuGuard pill in hopes of seeing a change. How do you get your cat treated with the AcuGuard pill? One of my cats is allergic to flea bites and gets super irritated and licks her back constantly if she gets a bite, I feel bad for her. Wish fleas were a thing of the past but with other neighborhood cats and random possum appearances I know they will never fully disappear. Ugh. Would love some feedback/suggestions!

  374. You know what really grinds my gears? Hearing vets say that the problem is not that fleas have gotten immune to the meds, but that you need to vacuum more often! I have 2 cats and 1 dog and never had a problem eradicating fleas using only Advantage II… until summer 2014. Since last summer, I’ve tried Advantage II, Advantix, Frontline, Hartz, Bayer, every topical treatment available. All 3 pets have expensive, supposedly the best, flea collars. We have been giving them all flea baths at least every 3 weeks which is causing one of my cats to have a skin rash. Diatonaceous earth all over yard: no effect. Then tried spraying Sentry all over yard: small reduction in fleas. I have 3 flea traps around the house: they catch fleas, but I still find just as many on my pets. My wife washes all our bedding a few times a week. Heres the kicker: WE DONT HAVE CARPET. Not even rugs… we got rid of all the rugs because of the fleas!!! And we vacuum the hardwood floors with our bad-a$$ Dyson at least twice a week.

    I’m not looking for anyone to give advice because I am convinced there is none that anybody can give. In the past year, 7 houses on my street have gotten tented and each time another house gets fumigated, our flea problem gets worse. I don’t want to fork out a few grand to get tented because I have noticed that 2 of those houses got tented a second time a few months later. Obviously it didn’t work for them.
    I have seriously considered shaving all the fur off of my pets, but I know that is not the correct means to this end. My family and I are just gonna have to accept the fleas and learn to live with all the bites and itchiness until some smart person finds a solution to this ridiculousness. We need a biological weapon like flea-ebola or flea-plague.
    My reason for posting this rant is so others that are as frustrated as myself can see that they are not alone. We are not gross, un-clean, un-caring pet owners! We just don’t stand a chance against fleas from planet Krypton.

  375. Dustin, I had the same problem with my cocker spaniel – NOTHING worked, and our poor baby is allergic to flea bites. You’re correct about the fleas becoming immune. We finally shelled out the $100 for a six-months supply of Comfortis pills (crushed easily and put in his food), and it worked beautifully – for a few months. Now it seems it quits being effective a week or two before the next dose. Ugh!!! We may try switching to Trifexis or Nexgard, both of which are more expensive than Comfortis. You do what ya gotta do. Good luck, Dustin.

  376. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianMarch 18, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    Maybe try the environmental products from http://www.fleabusters.com Have been around a long time.

  377. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianMarch 18, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    I dont have much experience with this product. My personal preference in cats for oral pills is comfortis.

  378. Thank you, Dustin!! You summed up my frustration completely. I wish I had advice for us. I’ve had my cat for 13 years and my dogs for 10 years. Never a flea problem until this summer. I’ve tried Flea Baths, Capstar (which does actually kill live fleas but the eggs remain a problem), Revolution, Frontline, Flea Collars, had my entire home professionally treated. Now I just spent more money on Advantix II. Something has to work. The pets are itching and I have bites all over my feet up to my knees (at last count over 60 bites!!).

    Miserable in Florida.

  379. The fleas ARE becoming immune. When advantage first came on the market back in the 80s I had an infestation in the house that disappeared after I treated my cats. Both it and frontline simply aren’t as effective as they used to be. The drought conditions here in California are not helping. Fleas used to abate during the cold, wet winters but, with a near year-round summer for the past two years that is no longer happening.

  380. When I noticed a few fleas on my cats I got them a flea coller. The fleas got worse. Then I got the powder. ….more fleas. I saw someone online saying dawn dish soap kills fleas. Success!…..kind of. First I use a flea comb knocking the dislodged fleas into a glass of water then I cover my cats head in tear free baby shampoo, the body in dawn dish soap and wait a min. I Use a flea comb again while I wait. Then I hold my poor cats body (not the head!) Underwater for 6 min to down underwater to down more fleas. After I rinse and wrap my very unhappy kitty in towel I scratch my kitty’s head herding the surviving fleas to the nose and mouth were I can pick them off and drop them in water. Flea comb let dry then flea comb again.
    Sadly this does not kill the fleas in the carpet. I put a plate of corn syrup on the ground a few days later it’s covered in fleas. I’m going to try baking soda wish my luck.

  381. I don’t understand why would anyone try to ‘save’ some money, by buying larger and using only portions of products labeled for larger pets on smaller animals? One little mistake and your pet may be ‘over-dosed’ and next time ‘under-dosed’?

    We have small dog, but we apply the product in multiple spots (2-3) down his back .. just in case … and it works …

  382. If someone have a pet with long hair and plan on cutting/trimming dog’s hair – first cut/trim dogs hair, wash your dog and after drying him, apply medications like these. Don’t apply the medication and then trim the dog …

    just my 2c

  383. We have the same issue. We have two American Eskimos…both older, and one 2 year old Cattledog. Frontline does not work! We complained to our vet about it. They said call Frontline and get a couple of tubes for free. Um…what? It doesn’t work! We also don’t have capes and I vacuum the hardwood floors a few times a week. Wash the bedding, doesn’t help. The only thing that I remember helping is Vectra. Our previous vet used that and the boys were flea free in no time! We ordered some from Amazon and it just arrived today. Thing is, they had ther last Frontline dose a couple of weeks ago, so when can we apply the Vectra?

  384. Awesome! I agree, I feel as though I’m a dirty person for having fleas, because everyone just says to vacuum and clean.

  385. Hi. I treat my house with a spray product that has IGR in it. It is a combo spray, but safe for pets once it’s dried. It interrupts the fleas growth cycle and the other agent kills live fleas. I only had to treat the house once every 6 months. It’s much cheaper to pick up at tractor supply than your vet. $8 vs$27 a can which treats about 1200sf. You’ve got to treat the animals, th house and the yard. I had great control in CT with animal and Inhouse treatment alone due to the cold winters. Since we’ve moved to MS I can’t get control due to the fact we have a farm and it’s hard to treat a whole farm. We’re going to pick up some farm grade DE and put out that outside. And borax around the house to double up.

  386. Just moved to SC from MI almost 3 months ago, I have never had an issue with fleas until now… even when I lived in NM I never had problem. I only have an indoor cat right now, noticed she was starting to scratch a bit. Thought she might have dry skin, so I gave her a spray bath, and using a flea comb because it works the spray in better. I found 2 fleas on her, bought Advantix II and applied it properly… this was only 3 weeks ago! I HAD to treat her again yesterday because it could not wait another week. So far i have found about 30 half dead fleas just on a white sheet in he bedroom I have her quarantined to for a day or two…. this crap obviously didnt kill the larvea. But since this is only the 2nd dose, we’ll see. I treated the yard this morning. I have yet to find a product safe for children and pets for indoor use on carpet/furniture. They’re all either toxic and need to sit for at least 24hrs, or like Premise was recommended up top… you arent supposed to vacuum for 2-3 weeks!??! Who the heck doesnt vacuum their home for that long?! That is completely out of the question, especially having a toddler who’ll eat cheerios off the floor like a dog, and good luck stopping it… then add FLEAS on top. I need to eradicate these little ba**ards like 3 weeks ago from my home. Any suggestions on a proven effective yard treatment, as well as carpet/furniture product.
    please and thank you!

  387. Don’t have an animal if you cannot afford proper care and treatment it is estimated that you will spend about the same amount of money raising a young child that you would your chihuahua. Tons of products don’t work, you move on an keep trying for the sake of your fur baby not complain, sounds like you should of invested that $50 in treating your yard or wherever you are putting that poor dog.

  388. Rebecca, any luck? I am in a similar situation as you moving from a cold environment to a warmer one. Treated with one medication only to learn that it doesn’t work well in this area. I have been treating with capstar daily and vacuuming every other day. Another week until we try a new medication.

  389. Did you ever end up getting rid of your flea problem? We are having this problem now and I am going crazy looking for something to get rid of them. HELP!

  390. Sally, we are also having the same problem. We are in month 4 of treating for fleas. We’ve used frontline, advantix, advantage and seresto flea collar. Nothing is working and I’m losing it!! I recently sprayed the whole house with a igr spray, I vacuum everyday, sometime twice a day. I am still seeing fleas. Do you have any advice? I’m going crazy with these nasty little bugs. HELP!

  391. I think its absolutely ridiculous that you have to go to the vet to get a medication that might work on your animal. That’s like back when you had to go to the doctor to get Monistat now it’s sold over the counter. I am going to try the dawn and vinegar mixed together and see if that works. And to the lady who said that woman can’t have pets because she can’t afford to be spending hundreds of dollars on flea medication you are ridiculous.

  392. Over the last 2 years I have spent a couple of thousand dollars trying to rid my house of fleas two bags of diatomaceous earth on the carpet boric acid all the medications everybody has used in the cats and dogs and finally pulled out all the carpet and got rid of all the dogs because I’m allergic to him anyway still I get a few please and I am NOT looking forward to this summer because I still have 4 cats and they are indoor outdoor cats I hope the vinegar and Dawn works because I’m also allergic to fleas. One of my cats is allergic to fleas and has developed scabs underneath of her neck this is a horror story please or like bed bugs and roaches.

  393. Over the last 2 years I have spent a couple of thousand dollars trying to rid my house of fleas two bags of diatomaceous earth on the carpet boric acid all the medications everybody has used in the cats and dogs and finally pulled out all the carpet and got rid of all the dogs because I’m allergic to him anyway still I get a few please and I am NOT looking forward to this summer because I still have 4 cats and they are indoor outdoor cats I hope the vinegar and Dawn works because I’m also allergic to fleas. One of my cats is allergic to fleas and has developed scabs underneath of her neck this is a horror story please or like bed bugs and roaches.

  394. Cristina Milian GanzFebruary 28, 2016 at 7:34 am

    Years ago my roommate had a dog that infested our apartment. Fleas were everywhere. I wouldn’t go barefoot in the house. After several failed attempts, we were told to sprinkle Borax detergent all over the carpets and leave it there for a day or two then vacuum. Worked like a charm. Just thought I would share another remedy.

  395. My vet put my kitty on Advantix Multi for mites, every 2 weeks for 4 doses, he seems to be doing better and I have been diligently vacuuming and washing everything in the house and treating myself, but I am still being bitten. I want to switch him over to Revolution, because I have read it specifically kills mites, does anyone know if I can apply it 2 weeks after the advantix multi?

  396. 2 week waiting period is off label use, but should be ok. check with your local vet for approval and monitoring. I would rather have you change to oral comfortis which may be stronger alternative if still active fleas around Remember you also need to treat home as well, where much of flea life cycle occurs

  397. Apple cider vinegar is the best….i lived in Florida for awhile and the flea problem was awful…i started spraying my dogs down once a day and when i bathed them after i rinsed them i poured full strengh vinegar over their body (DO NOT RINSE IT OFF) toweled dry then blew them dry…….my poms (all with huge coates ) never had another flea…flea’s hate the acidity and the plus……beautiful shiny coats…TRY IT…IT WORKS…

  398. Hi Joan. Thanks for the excellent suggestion. I certainly know what it is like to live in Florida, the flea capital of the world

  399. Nancy, Try rubbing coconut oil into the skin for any irritated spots from fleas bites. (I warm it up so it’s easier to soak into the skin). Even if the pet wants to lick it off it will not hurt them. It’s actually good for them! (Coconut oil will also kill the fleas.).

  400. Excuse me, but I have had 1-3 dogs over the past 13 years, c 1-2 in door cats. The home is in a wooded rural area. All the dogs were indoor/outdoor, and the youngest is a larger dog who needed more activity and spent much time in woods with me(he is the only one still alive, and 1 cat is still alive). I always treated the dogs with frontline or advantage, or front line plus. The cats needed no treatment. True to the label, up until about 2 years ago, those products kept my animals and my house flea free. About 2 years ago or so, that stopped working, and absolutely nothing that is promoted is working, not the cheap ones like Hartz, nor the top of the line products. And be careful with natural remedies, as someone posted, there can be hazardous consequences- you really have to think about it! The manufacturers cont to swear their products work, and are happy to blame their products lack of effectiveness on consumer error, but seriously, the fleas are barely affected now, most of the products do give some releif in the 1st week after application, but into 2nd or 3rd week, depending on the product, it is like he was never treated-In 2 years I haven’t seen 1 application of any brand of topical that has lasted more than 2 weeks as far as fleas. I think the ticks are still affected for the 4 weeks, but thats harder to judge, and I say that because my dog is a pit bull c very short hair, and I easily spot ticks- over past 2 years , like I said , in 2 weeks he has fleas , but I don’t seem to ever find ticks . In the past if I was latte treating him, maybe went over due a week, I might find a tick, but never were there fleas. That seems true of both the “natural” products and the chemical products, drops, sprays, powders. It is frustrating that the manufacturers will not get real and admit their products have been defeated somehow, rather than try to dupe the public into wasting money on them.

  401. Thank you for your comments Rana

  402. Hi! If I gave my dog a cheap five dollar topical flea medicine two days ago, can I give her the more expensive (and better) topical medicine today? She’s got a really bad (vet diagnosed) flea allergy and it’s breaking my hear seeing her scratch like this. But I don’t want her to get sick or have a bad reaction by me giving her too much topical medicine

  403. Another good way to get rid of fleas is a lint roller..sticky paper ones. Easy way to grab fleas & they can’t escape. A magnifying glass shows them stuck on the paper…ugly things!

  404. I would ask your vet about prescription anti itch oral medication i.e antihistamines and/or prednisone, as well as your dog may need oral antibiotics, if secondary infection also present. For now, you could try antihistamine like benadryl at dose of 1 mg per pound twice daily and add good oral fatty acid like nordic naturals pet omega 3 from 1800petmeds to meals

  405. Dustin, I know it’s been over a year since this post, but where do you live, and has anything improved in the past year?

    Molly, from Georgia

  406. Fleas certainly can be tough and become harder to treat over the years, especially as the same pesticides are used over and over again…As with other pests, insects, etc they will eventually mutate and/or become resistant to the flea products of the day, necessitating new products to be developed, etc as any exterminator will tell you in that business, as well as even a good microbiologist can tell you with prolonged antibiotic use. All good reasons to raise a pet’s health holistically through good diet, nutritional supplements and a more health conscious lifestyle, so that pets are healthier and less susceptible to fleas, ticks, parasites and infections

  407. I just read all of these comments and my fleas seem to be getting bigger! I gave my cat flea treatment two weeks ago and just caught two on the bed. She RARELY goes on the bed. it’s gross. We also don’t have carpets–only a few rugs and vacuum at least weekly. some of the rugs I wash DAILY. What can I do? I bought Advantage and it doesn’t work!!!

  408. Double dosing on flea meds is never a good idea. Wait 30 days until next anti-flea treatment whatever it may be – bath, gel, oral, collar, etc.

  409. Excellent points Renee

  410. Serafina: Your comment is INCORRECT. The treatments do work!

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  412. I’ve had 2 dogs who mainly stay inside & 2 cats who are indoors only for over 15 years, only using flea & tick topicals sporadically because they never had any & I didn’t like using pesticides on them (of course I used heartworm preventative every month though). Last year suddenly we were infested, nothing seemed to work & my poor kids were miserable. I had 3 dogs & 2 cats at the time, I had tried Frontline once before but it was like flushing $ down the toilet so I always used Advantix (Advantage II on the cats), then switched to Advantage Multi since it has heartworm preventative too. I was searching for something safer that would work and ran across http://wondercide.refr.cc/D5G3XX8. What a godsend! It is strong smell-wise, but it’s all natural & they have a multitude of products for inside, outside, humans, and pets AND if for some reason you don’t like it or it doesn’t work, you can return it within 30 days! I started out just buying a 16oz bottle to see if it worked (+ I didn’t know how the cats would like being treated with a spray but I just sprayed it into my hands & rubbed it into their fur), but after trying once, I was reordering & buying one of the kits. I love that my kiddos no longer have fleas and I’m not putting poison on them to kill/prevent them! Apparently there’s an epidemic that started last year, I’ve talked to several pet parents who suddenly had a problem, had never had any before, and nothing else worked. Hopefully this can help someone else. I even had ants suddenly invade my kitchen & sprayed where I saw them one time, never saw another one.

  413. Hi, I have a question and I would call my vet but it’s Sunday and a holiday weekend. I have a unique situation…. We live in West Virginia in one of the towns that just got entirely flooded, including our home. We were able to escape our home the night of the flood (just barely) with our 2 kittens and have been living surrounded by deplorable conditions (our house is ok upstairs but funk coming up from the basement)  for the past week with mud, debris, mold, no clean running water etc.. I was concerned about my kittens health with all this going on because they’re young, new rescues, and had only had their first shots so I took them to the mobile vet clinic yesterday that the humane society has set up. They received shots, wormers and advantage flea treatment. One of the kittens has been scratching and flattening her ear and shaking her head for a few days and I assumed she has ear mites. The vet agreed with me and had me come back today to pick up ear mite medicine. Here’s my concern…… They put the medication in an unmarked Syringe measured by her weight and told me to put it on the back on her neck in the same place she had advantage yesterday and they didn’t even tell me what it was.  (I didn’t realize it wasn’t labeled until I got home, please don’t chastise me for this ppl, we’re in a major disaster zone here and there’s ppl and noise and emergency vehicles and craziness everywhere) So I looked up ear mite medicine and there are apparently two that are used on the neck, Revolution and Advantage Multi and I don’t think it’s safe to use either one since she just had advantage for cats yesterday. I even asked the vet assistant when she told me to put it on her neck “you mean in the same place she had flea treatment yesterday?” and she said yes. I don’t feel comfortable at all that she knew what she was talking about and the vet wasn’t at the mobile clinic yet. Sorry to be so long winded but wanted to cover all the details. The kitten is 5 months old and weighs 4.8 lbs. Please let me know what you think I should do, keeping in mind I don’t have access to get mineral oil or running to pet smart for ear drops or something. We lost my purse, husband’s wallet, any access to money at all in the flood and are awaiting assistance from FEMA and flood insurance to get back on our feet but I am trying to do everything I can to take care of my kitties. So many others are in shelters because their owners lost their homes and can’t have pets at the shelters. So sad. 

  414. Thanks for sharing. I have also had good success with the wondercide products, particularly in my holistic clients who prefer not to use pesticides or chemicals. Thanks for your feedback

  415. Given that a topical pesticide was definitely applied yesterday, and we dont know for sure which one, i would NOT apply any further topical pesticides for AT LEAST one week. The cat wont die from ear mites. Cleaning ears with a bit of dilute hydrogen peroxide and/or a few drops of apple cidar vinegar in small of of water should be fine for now.

  416. I applied advantage to my indoor cats two weeks ago. And have been vacuuming every day. I’ve washed everything in hot water multiple times. I’m still finding fleas. The advantage seems to be working on the smaller cat but the larger cat has more fleas. And today I found flea dirt on him. I applied another dose of advantage to him. Was that a wise decision? I don’t want to make him sick. I’m also pregnant so I’m trying to do everything without chemicals. I found about five fleas on him today but a lot of flea dirt. Yesterday he had about ten.

  417. House may need to be professionally exterminated as much of flea life cycle occurs in home. Exterminators are used to working around pregnant women, etc. Also you can consider oral pill like comfortis but this will require a script from your veterinarian.

  418. This I will try.

  419. Would this apply to activyl for a cat? It works wonderfully, but wears off before the 30 day mark.

  420. Yes I would wait until the 30 day mark before reapplying although some vets will use these products off label every few weeks if needed. I would check with local vet who knows your cat best.

  421. Revolution. PERIOD. Advantage and Frontline are worthless in CA and probably other warm states where people use the treatments over and over again. The fleas that survive make resistant babies and you keep using the same meds and generations upon generations of the tough bugs get more and more immune. It is suggested that people alternate months or switch every other year with a different given product. Advantage was only working one to one and a half weeks. I wrote the company, BAYER, and called them twice and they apparently will not even take the time to acknowledge your letter, offer coupons or anything. The R and D lady argued with me for 20 minutes even though I told her I had been an Advantage user for over 20 years and know how to use the product with both indoor and outdoor cats. They don’t want to admit their product is losing potency. I told them even VETS and other animal owners are saying it is no longer effective. It is nothing to be offended about. Go back to the drawing board. Finally, spray your carpet with Adams, Sentry, or Zodiac spray anywhere from $15 to $19 a can. Move your kits out of the environment and spray each room and all upholstered furniture. You may need two cans. But that stuff WORKS. Vacuum frequently. You must treat the indoor environment. Air your place out for 2 hours or so with windows open after you spray.

  422. Try Borax- not on pets, but in carpeting,pet beds, upholstery and in dark areas of the house where fleas breed! You can buy “specialty” borax from pet stores for about 16 times the price of a box of 20 Mule team Borax, that our grandmothers used for stains and other laundry cleaning, but if you sprinkle it and massage it / brush it into carpets, upholstery, etc. it will dry out flea eggs and young fleas! It also controls roaches, ants, etc…. Cheap, easy, effective!

  423. Christopher PhillipsAugust 17, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    I have had dogs for over 35 years and have always been able to treat them for fleas. I have lived in the south (Alabama) for the past 20 years and this year is the first that I have not been able to find a definitive cure for fleas. We started out in the spring as we usually do by applying Advantix II to both dogs as well as a flea collar on both. That usually does the trick for the whole season, changing flea collars as recommended and re-applying topical as required.
    However, this year has been a mystery. We started out as usual, but still noticed some fleas. Our dogs stay outside most of the time but we let them inside when we are home. They usually stay in our kitchen as it is tiled and is kept very clean. They have, over the years, come into the living area which is carpeted but we have never had any fleas in our carpet. And we don’t now either. We tried several “natural” remedies, flea baths, essential oils, DE in there bedding and the yard where they lie, lemon oil sprays, etc. Still some fleas. Treated the yard with chemicals as well as cedar bedding and DE. Still some fleas. Went with the Seresto flea collars, high dollar and supposed to be the best. Still some fleas. My wife flea combs them a couple times a day and before we bring them in, which we have never had to do before, but makes us feel safer bringing them inside. And we always find a few fleas when we comb them. We are at our wits end. Wife wants to try Nexgard next but I am very leery of that. Everyone I talk to tells me they use a different method of flea protection. I just am not sue which way to go at this point.

  424. Hello Veterinarian,

    I applied Revolution to my 15 month old kitten, but he stuggled and I didn’t get it on his skin. Will it be effective?

    Thank you,

  425. I have heard of this frustrating issue occasionally Christopher. I would try one of the oral product alternatives such as comfortis or NExguard to name two available. A different approach may work for you. Also make sure you are treating home for fleas as well.

  426. Hard to say. I would wait two weeks and then have then consider having someone help you if needed to reapply. I would not reapply until the earliest 2 to 4 weeks from now

  427. Thank you so much, Michael. I appreciate your response. He seems to be scratching less. I will reassess him and follow your advice.

    He has thick fur, but I believe I applied it to his undercoat at least. I will have an assistant next time. It’s embarrassing as an RN.


  428. How is a comment incorrect, tell me? How can a personal experience be incorrect at all? Are you going to elaborate?
    Besides, her point was not about the efficiency of the products but the slow poisoning that animals suffer because of long time exposure to them. And that is not “INCORRECT”!

  429. I have the same issue with my cat. Her fur is so thick and fine that its hard to get it on her skin. So a couple of times a day I part her fur and stroke the area where I intend to apply the frontline so she is conditioned to the procedure and does not move around so much when I apply the meds which are kept at room temperature and not out of the cold refrigerator.

  430. Thank you for your contribution on this topic

  431. Good old Dawn dish detergent and a bath! Killed them all. Sprayed the house,furniture and changed all linens. Gone!

  432. Good morning Mr. Dym!

    I have a Shih tzu who for the first time in 9yrs has attracted fleas. I had him bathed in a flea shampoo and cut short 9/8/16. He was also given a Capstar pill. I was told to give him a topical/oral treatment and opted for the topical. My sister has a Shih tzu as well and when she got fleas she used Hartz Ultra Guard Pro triple action flea drops. It ended her flea adventure. I put this on my dog 9/10, but am not sure if I put it on right. It states to put it between shoulders down to the tail bone.I did this, but I didn’t do a straight line. Do you know if the intended purpose is to get it on the spine or is it just to have it on a place where my dog can’t reach it? Also i’ve heard about using table salt for carpets (which I did) and spraying my dog with vinegar. Is it safe to combine these remedies? Also I’m in an apartment so I can’t treat the outside as some have suggested 🙁

  433. I know this post was a couple of months ago but incasea little vasoline on a qtip in the ears (rub well after) will help.

  434. Spraying with very dilute vinegar is fine, but I would NOT use table salt for the carpets. Consider approved products from an exterminator to service your home, or products like knock out, etc from 1800petmeds. As for applying product, I would follow directions on label. Most of these are supposed to be applied in one or more spots directly on skin, by parting fur over the spine. If any questions, then call the company if in doubt

  435. Dawn dish soap can indeed be helpful

  436. I put frontline plus on my dogs three weeks ago and I might as well have just thrown my money out the window. Is it ok to go ahead and give them nexguard now or is it too soon?

  437. So sorry to hear of that Amy. Yes using NExguard now should be fine. I would also consider having your home treated as well, as much of flea life cycle does occur in the home as well

  438. I want to thank all the participants on this blog for sharing their stories and concerns. It seems for 2 years everybody has been ranting about the lack of an effective remedy here. While I feel I am now educated to the flea issues all over the country, I still have yet to hear what is being done. Have we lost the battle, Have the parasites won? Are fleas becoming resistant to treatments as have many anti-biotic resistant viruses and diseases?
    All of the suggestions and advice from consumers to Vet docs here have yielded NO for sure fix.
    My Story is similar to everyone else, I guess I will resort to training my new housemates to start up a Flea Circus, rather than fork out my money to all of the drug companies fraudulently claiming their products work.

  439. Deena, get some capstars!! Works with your current flea medication and kills ALL fleas in a matter of 20 mins to an hour

  440. Capstars until it’s safe to apply better flea medication

  441. Yes Rick. Flea control challenges are always emerging, as well as changing as fleas do become resistant to continued, same treatments over many years, which is what exterminators find in their business as well. If you look back over twenty fiver years of veterinary products, new and improved ones are always coming out, as better and more effective ones are found

  442. Great suggestion. Capstar is excellent product for quick kill of adult fleas within minutes but does not work on immature stages, larvae, etc so always need other products at same time for long term flea control

  443. If I could recommend coconut oil. Directly or in a bath. It suffocates the fleas and since it is an all natural product does not hinder medications. If applied directly the pet can look and feel a little oily for a few days, but the antibiotic qualities of it help to soothe and heal bites. It also separates the hair to make it easier to find the fleas.

  444. Tile, UGH. My daughter brought an infested cat home from college — I have never had an excess flea problem until after she left. I didn’t know that they were lying in wait upstairs (carpeted area where the dogs are not allowed unless we are with them). They kept finding their way down and a couple of times, I guess, the dogs got past the gate and must have been up because they were ATTACKED — like with 500 at a time! I freaked and ran them up to the only bathtub and when we came back down, WE WERE ALL COVERED!! Well, they were on the TILE in that bathroom (and, all other rooms, of course), but the TILE was ALIVE!! I brought one down and put her on a clean bed straight from a hot wash/dry and within minutes, IT WAS ALIVE! I ran them back up (not knowing) and good God, looked down and the bathmat was alive, as was the floor. Back to the kitchen sink.

    I bombed (I know, I know!), sprayed an upholstery spray, used Frontline Plus, rubbing alcohol to kill the ones I see on them (kills and I can pick it off — every 1 – 2 hours), I have sprayed the yard (front and back) and have DE all over the carpet upstairs (they are not there), all down the stairs (carpet) and in the windows (all), I have lights hanging over dish liquid water upstairs, and I guess need to steam clean, etc. But, I THOUGHT we had gotten it under control (downstairs, anyway) . . 48 hours later, one of the dogs has gotten about 10 on his rump area and they have already bitten and pooped (so that means they have hatched, fed, and are lying in wait . . .) HELP!!!! He was outside today, so I guess he could have picked up a few, but would they have already eaten and pooped in less than 24 hours?

  445. I have a set of kittens (well they are actually cats now) who have severe flea allergies. It is worse on the male than the female and I also have 5 other grown cats. We had a severe flea infestation and my male kitten was covered in scabs from head to tail. The female isn’t as bad but she would get huge open sores on her neck from the flea bites. Anyhow, I bought 8 doses of Advantage on eBay. It was the dose for dogs 55 pounds and over and I would break it down in 0.8 doses for the cats. This has always worked in the past and I’ve never had any problem like this with fleas before. Anyhow, the medication from eBay was not working. Within a few days my cats were covered in fleas yet again. I was applying this to my male cat every 14 days and he was still covered in fleas and scabs. I thought that maybe the product I bought on eBay was counterfeit. So I’m wondering has that ever been an issue with Advantage? People making counterfeit Advantage or are these fleas just immune to this stuff or something? I did eventually buy Advantage II for 1800 Pet Meds and as of last night (6 hours after applying the Advantage from 1800 Pet Meds) my cats still had live fleas on them. So my 3 questions are 1. Is it possible that someone could sell either fake or water downed Advantage and make it look real? 2. Could these fleas be immune to Advantage and if so then what am I supposed to do now? And 3. How long does it actually take to kill all the fleas because I put this stuff on my cats at 11 AM and at 5 PM they still had live fleas. Thank you.

  446. Hi Jenn. Sorry about your trouble. You may need to have a professional exterminator come into your home to treat with strong meds for home. Also you can try Knockout from 1800petmeds, as well as flea busters http://www.fleabusters.com I would recommend a stronger quick kill flea product like oral comfortis or Nexguard from 1800petmeds, but you will need script from your vet

  447. Wondercide works okay for dogs, but it nearly killed my cat. It’s not wise to use Cedar products on cats.
    After it happened to mine, I looked it up and there are thousands of complaints out there from pet owners whose cats had seizures like mine, or whose pets died. 🙁

  448. It’s not the last stuff you bought that worked. It’s not the last thing you did that worked.
    When dealing with a flea infestation, It’s the 1st thing you did AND the last. It’s 6 to 12 weeks of battle is what wins this war.
    Yes, it’s a war. And going to war with a tank isn’t going to win.
    By the time you see a few fleas on your pet, or a few in the house? It’s already too late. Where there’s one, there’s hundreds.
    Most people are trying to rid a few fleas that they have discovered on their pet. While right behind them, thousands are hiding and multiplying every MINUTE.
    There are not a bunch of fleas that lay some eggs that hatch two weeks later.
    There ARE a bunch of fleas laying eggs 24/7 that are hatching around the clock…repeat….repeat…repeat.

    Topicals such as Frontline, Advantage, etc. They do work, but, not as advertised. (within an hour is bs). Topicals must be applied and given time to work/spread into the pets skin. One application is somewhat diluted and not super effective. A month later, the 2nd application strengthens the diluted 1st application. By three months, it’s working.
    You will still see NEW fleas on your pet, but, they should be of no concern. They will die.
    For something more immediate. Use Capstar or several baths along with a topical. Best to isolate the pet if possible while working on the environment (house/yard).
    Method 1) For the house: Go online and order a case of PT Ultracide in spray cans. While you are waiting for that to arrive..
    Day one VACUUM. Then bomb or spray with something you found locally to kill fleas in your house. Vacuum again several hours later.
    Take some plates/dishes and fill with soapy water. Place these around the walls/corners and pet hangout areas. These are traps and won’t solve anything, but, they will tell you where the worse places are. AND, they are a good indicator of progress. Move them around every few days to check other areas.
    Vacuum everything, every day. OR, at the very least, every other day.
    When your PT Ultracide arrives, vacuum, spray, and vacuum again later that day or the next day.
    Repeat this daily vacuuming, and weekly spraying for 6 to 12 weeks. (one week of no fleas in your traps means you’ve won).
    During all the free time you’ll have in between vacuuming, wash all bedding and everything else you can find…several times.
    ALTERNATIVE LESS CHEMICAL METHOD (or to maybe shorten the 12 weeks). This is an AND/OR method.
    Mix equal part of food grade DE, Borax, Baking Soda. Sprinkle LIBERALLY into carpets (especially thick around walls/corners/baseboards). Scrub it in with a push broom. Leave it as long as you can stand it. This must remain for it to work. It’s not going to do anything if you vacuum it all up the next day. HOWEVER, you will not be able to vacuum it all up out of carpets anyway. (some will always remain…which is a good thing).
    This makes one hell of a mess though. There won’t be a single thing in your house that doesn’t have a layer of dust on it after scrubbing this stuff into carpet with a broom. (and I mean floor to ceiling and everything in between will be dusty!!).

    During all this, treat your yard once a week with Demon WP and add some insect growth regulator (IGR) to the mix for good measure. SATURATE against your house.

    There is no “most important” step. There is no miracle quick cure. It’s 6-12 weeks of non-stop battle with the 1st thing you do just as important as the last.
    Once finished: Keep your pets treated like clockwork and don’t skip a month. And fog or spray at least every 6 months to prevent this from happening again.

  449. One thing that helps, but does not totally eliminate fleas is to put a dish or shallow bowl of water with dawn dish soap under a desk lamp. the fleas jump towards the light and heat from the bulb (25 watts is fine) and bounce off the bulb and land in the soapy water. I lived in an infested trailer and used this, and the bottom of the bowl was solid fleas the next morning.
    It took about 4 days, and finally I was only catching about a half dozen a night.
    This combined with the frontline, and a vacuum cleaner made life much better for my 4 cats and me.

  450. Thank you Bob. All excellent points and advice.

  451. Great suggestions as well Tom

  452. Vectra worked great for 3 weeks instead of 4. I want to treat again but is it too soon?

  453. I usually have no problem using flea meds like this off label a bit early. However make sure you are treating home where much of flea life cycle occurs with products like Knock out from 1800petmeds.

  454. I have a question/problem. Both of my cats have fleas. I have treated them for the last 2 months. One month we used advantage, and the next Frontline. I have noticed they still have them, and now if i touch their back near where their tails are they both act really weird/crazy like bite me or them selves. My one larger cat has been licking/biting the fur of of both of his front legs. Has anyone else had any adverse affects like this from these medications. I am getting concerned about them.

  455. It could be a rare reaction to the flea topicals but more likely your cats still have fleas, which are making them exquisitely sensitive to touching near their tail base area, which is the most common area affected by flea bite dermatitis in dogs and cats. There can sometimes be what is called a neurodermatitis over the spine in cats with sensitive allergies, so that may be what you are seeing; known as feline hyperesthesia syndrome, which you can google in cats. I would recommend seeing your local vet for exam, as well as may need prescription flea control medication, such as oral comfortis from 1800petmeds. Also should consider treating environment inside home, as much of flea life cycle occurs in home.

  456. I can’t believe i found this wonderful site and people going through what I am going through. When I told my sister i was still vacuuming and spraying the house and treating the cat she said i was crazy and it was all in my mind. I have learned to shut up because everyone things i have gone mad. Last year, just around this time..the actual date I will never forget was December 14, 2016 when i awoken to bites on my body (and i had just had a heart attack) and then i got my cat and picked her up and there were thousands of fleas running across her stomach.. I ran her to the bathroom and grabbed dawn soap (I didnT’t know that was good but apparently it was)..This was on a Saturday. My son’s dog had been battling fleas and he had brought his dog to my house on numerous occasions and even one time showed me fleas on his dog. So i guess this was when they found a home in my house and got on my cat. nevertheless, i found live fleas running all over the bathroom; especially along the bottom of the toilet where the contractor had decided it didn’t look nice to caulk.. my son’s dog would take a shower with him, so i assume they found refuge in my bathroom. My son to this day declines to take responsibility for putting me and my cat at such a risk. So, they procreated in there and behind the new cabinet in my bathroom.. Anyway, i did the recommended protocol and went to the vet, (he wouldnt even look at my cat)…and recommended the seresto collar and I called an exterminator. Needless to say, the exterminator had very little experience in this situation and gave me very poor advise, did not tell me not to mop or any instructions.. The situation became so intense, i was bitten to death daily.. I also work from home so I have developed a severe flea allergy dermatitis as does my kitty cat. Anyway, I found another exterminator in March and have had the house done many times. I also found a wonderful site called do your own pest control who have professional exterminators help you do it yourself. I had to find another vet because i was at my wits end. The new vet said that Seresto collar had not been proven yet and took her off it and put her on Revolution and capstar. He should have told me not to remove the seresto collar for a few days bedause when i got home in March 2016..and took the collar off and put the revolution on..the fleas went crazy.. they were biting me. These fleas are so strong that they were able to jump over the shower and bite me while i showered. Anyway, it’s a year now and my real problem comes that I am going away and leaving the cat with a sitter. My vet said to dose er with revolution every 3 weeks and capstar. But the fleas are still around. I think they are at their last leg because i continue closely to monitor my cat to see if she has even a sign of a fleas,vacuum and dry swiff my floors to see what is still on them. I do not have any carpets, just wood floors, tile and moldings. But to be safe, and to ensure a cycle doesn’t begin or if I see any sign of flea dirt, I give a capstar. So, i plan to get the exterminator one more time in early December before I go away so they are not partied when i am gone. My question is, why do i still have fleas for so long with the cat on Revolution and the exterminator changing chemicals all the time. I do not have rugs, only wood floors and tiles, but….the contractor had put the floors down with about a 1/2 to1/4 space in the moldings and i think they have laid eggs there. They are also in my kitchen.. I haven’t cooked in a year because i have gotten bitten. The fleas have bitten my back while i work so all it takes is to be near a flea or flea matter and i am on fire. Anyway, do you think I should try something more drastic like changing from Revolution. I heard there is a topical form of comfortis, cheristin which i was wondering if I should try. My vet is wonderful and sells nothing else. The other Vet has something called Vectra for cats.. not sure if i should change it up now before I go away. She is due for her Revolution this Tuesday, so wondering if I should switch it up now? Try Vectra …I don’t go back to the vet who put her on Revolution because i called the office and the receptionist said they do not prescribe anything but revolutoin..So, the other Vet would sell me the Vectra. I need this vacation, but want my sitter to have no bites and the cat to stay flea free while i am away… Don’t want to cancel my vacation. I need it. Any advise.. I am trying so hard.. and have suffered so much.. and my poor cat has been so good through all this. I love her so much and want her to have a healthy life and don’t want her to be flea infested while i am away..

  457. If your vet feels it is appropriate, then cheristin is certainly a good product to try. Sorry to hear you have had so much trouble with the intense flea situation in your home. I did not find that vectra works as well as some of the others in my experience and opinion. Revolution is excellent as a preventative, but when you are over run like this it is best to use an additional product such as comfortis, etc.

  458. A few years ago I had a nasty flea infestation and tried using Frontline for a couple months with no results. I was still finding fleas on the dogs, and one of them was so miserable as he had FAD. I had vacuumed, mopped, laundered, etc. repeatedly. The majority of my floors are laminate or wood. I was completely beside myself, so I took some of the fleas to an entomologist. They were identified as Ctenocephalides canis which I was told is not a typical flea you find in northern states (Minnesota). I was told the more common flea, Ctenocephalides felis, is the one most people are dealing with when their dog has fleas (ironic, since it’s the “cat” flea!). My vet tech called Frontline and it turns out the product (at least at that time) was not labeled for Ctenocephalides canis. I put them all on Advantage and the problem rapidly disappeared. I called Frontline and they were really great about refunding me for the product I had purchased. I’m not advocating for one product or the other – just found it interesting that the type of flea can matter in terms of how it is treated.

  459. Thank you for sharing this information. I was not familiar with the fact that advantage was more effective against the dog flea over the cat flea. Most of the flea infestations in this country, even in dogs, are actually due to the cat flea. Thank you

  460. I am sick to death of fleas and so is my dog..cat and vet. They are an utter nightmare. I have just ordered some advantage to try and looking forward to spraying and vacuuming the house again.

  461. Advantage is fine to try, however you may want to try a few of the newer oral flea tablets that are available, such as prescription comfortis. Also have your exterminator treat the home with best products, as much of flea life cycle occurs in home.

  462. Have tried a lot of stuff like others. Comfortis seems to work good but my cats can smell it and even hiding it in a pill pocket is hard because they smell it there too. One cat won’t take treats and pill pushing is not fun with him. Sometimes they end up vomiting it up. The fleas seem to be building up immunity to a lot of products I used before. Going to vet tomorrow and ask for options on new products.

  463. Prescription cheritan for cats or prescription revolution from 1800petmeds. Wait to see what your vet has to say on this

  464. I tried Revolution (started 2nd dosing this week after the first dose on 12.16.16), washed everything in hot water, washed all the cats in Dawn 1 week after initial Revolution treatment and sprinkled and swept Borax into the carpet, along the baseboards and into the mattress and furniture. I’m at my wits end as I just pulled at least 20 fleas off one of my cats. The strange thing is I took the cat to the vet and they didn’t find fleas on her. The vet thought it was a food allergy. My next attempt is diatomaceous earth. Has anyone tried this? It’s food grade and can be rubbed into the fur as it is safe to eat. I plan on retreating the house with it. Any other suggestions?

  465. Food grade diatomaceous earth is fine to try, but as with other natural treatments, this is effective, but will require followup treatment of pet chronically as does not have long residual effect on the pet. You can use it in food and/or topically. To learn more about natural flea control measures, see the natural flea control sections in the books Dr PItcairn’s Guide To Natural Health For Dogs and Cats by Richard Pitcairn, DVM, phd as well as The Natural Cat by Anitra Frazier, but you could also ask your vet for script for stronger flea medication like oral comfortis from 1800petmeds for all animals in house. I find that if there is active flea infestation in the home, that you need this additional protection of oral products like comfortis during periods of heavy flea exposure. You also may want to have the home treated professionally by an exterminator in your area,

  466. nce you see fleas on your pet, it’s going to be more difficult to get them off than if you were using the medicine as protection before the pests showed up. Many vets encourage owners to use flea medication year round, but if you want, you can also begin treatment a few months before the peak flea season beings. Find out when that peak season is for you by using our Flea & Tick map, which is based off of historical weather data for your region.

  467. Dry and unhealthy skin can affect how well spot on treatments work. A good washing and combing of your pet’s coat could help with the application of the medicine and help let it do what it’s supposed to do: keep your pet happy and healthy!

  468. The first thing to check (and double-check and triple-check) are the directions of whatever flea medicine you bought. For instance, if you are giving your pet an oral flea pill like Comfortis or Capstar Flea Killer, make sure you know how often you need to administer the dosage. Or, if you are using a spot on solution like K9 Advantix, make sure you are getting the applicator under your pet’s hair and onto the skin. This is a common mistake that can lessen the effectiveness of your pet’s pest protection.

  469. I bring in rescue mama cats and kittens for foster so fleas are a recurring problem here. We try not to use to much chemical stuff in general so we use a multi approach to keeping it under control. I keep flea traps in the cat rooms, I vacuum every other day, sprinkling the carpets lightly the night before rotating between baking soda, salt (dries up eggs) and food grade diatomaceous earth / DE (lightly – lightly because it will kill a vacuum motor quickly!), I dust coats lightly with the DE, bathe them with dish soap (some people say Dawn, but I think any kind will work) if they are big enough and healthy enough), change and wash bedding often in hot water with vinegar in the wash and rinse, feed brewers yeast, and flea comb them. On bad years like this one in the midwest a treatment or something for one month is often necessary but otherwise the cheap approach and a some extra effort usually does the trick.

  470. Topical treatments revolutionized flea control when they were introduced in the 1990s. Most of the treatments are applied to the skin between an animal’s shoulder blades. The chemical is absorbed into the sebaceous glands across the animal’s skin but does not get into the bloodstream. The treatments do not repel fleas, but those crawling on an animal will absorb the chemical and eventually die, usually within four hours.

  471. Dog health care requires flea and tick prevention, deworming treatments, eye care, aural disinfectants, joint supplements, wound repair products and nutritional support. we have a wide range of dog supplies including flea and tick treatments, heartwormers, nutritional supplements, eye and ear care products like Bayer, Pfizer, Merial, Novartis

  472. A high quality flea comb provides a non­toxic way to detach fleas from your pet’s fur. These tick remover products are perfect for kittens and puppies because they do not pose any threat to sensitive skin and coat. Flea combs for cats and dogs not only help combat an existing infestation but are also great for identifying the first signs of fleas and ticks.

  473. Excellent points . Thank you for your contribution.

  474. Purchase FOOD GRADE DE powder and a duster. When any bug/flea/spider/etc comes in contact with it , it eats into their exoskeleton and kills them. Completely organic, not a pesticide. It also fills larva. Any bug in any stage. Recently moved into a house that was occupied f by two incare3d for dogs. I dusted my entire house. Under fridge, under and behind stove, all along baseboards, inside cabinets (does not matter if it gets onto your plates, etc as it is non toxic/organic and can be eaten_i, as well as both my pets consume it) I have dusted every portion of this house and after one month_no more fleas. NADA. So it may appear awkward as you will have white powder all over your floors but it is certainly better than fleas. I must also warn yu that every flea bit brings with it parasite such as tape worm. I also feed my dog/cat this every day for 30 days to rid and break cycles of any hook, whip, etc worm they may come in contact with. You can also dust your pet with this. I still use comfortis for my dog at half doses but my house is dusted. My indoor cat has yet to have a flea on her due to my dusting

  475. WOW! That is interesting! Finding MANY folks in the south saying frontline plus does not work . Now i know why.

  476. I live in Florida now, we just recently moved from NY, I didn’t know the sand fleas here are rampant, I have used the DE on my lawn and it has dried out the grass terribly that my dog will not even go there anymore, the grass is like hay now, her paws got very dry, so be careful when putting it on your pet as it is a very drying powder , but I have heard the only pill that really works here is Trifexis by prescription by a vet. I hope it works the topical products do not seem to work down here.

  477. Trifexis is certainly excellent flea control product, although some pets can have digestive upset from it so best given with meal, and you will need written script from local vet. If you like natural products, also see the lemon peel protocol in book Dr Pitcairns guide To Natural Health for Dogs And CAts.

  478. I’ve had my little dog since last June and never saw any fleas whatsoever till yesterday. I swear one minute, none and then several and she is miserable and I am scared. I’ve never had a flea infestation with any of my dogs so do not understand this. She doesn’t even go outside except on the screened-patio. I give her Trifexis every 4 weeks without fail and ensure she swallows it so I simply do not understand this. Can a dog develop an immunity to the medication? I bought those foggers and activated them today and left for 2 1/2 hours; do not detect any odor upon return. I also bought some anti-itch wipes and used them on her; she seemed to get a little relief. It is very frustrating to me a she is so anxiety-filled at this turn of events that she only wants to sit on my lap and whine, thereby keeping me from getting much done. Even in the van ride today to get away, she had to sit on my lap and fuss. It was most disconcerting. Any advice out there? I am taking her to the vet on Monday but would appreciate any input from out there too! Thanks for listening. Janine Johnson

  479. HI Janine. Sorry about the current issue. Perhaps she just exposed to fleas suddenly and that if trifexis being given regularly that within hours the problem will resolve. Other possibility is that there is problem in home environment which you may want to address with products like knockout for fleas from 1800petmeds, or flea busters which you can look up on line. Also professional exterminator service also sometimes needed, as 90 percent of flea life cycle occurs in home. Perhaps one of other pets in home has bought fleas in so I would check that as well. From my experience and from what I have heard, trifexis drug resistance has not been seen as far as I know

  480. I have owned two to three dogs at a time and always one cat ( that always “thinks” he’s a dog, that’s why only one cat always…… Well, it’s a different world now I guess and I’ve never had fleas nor my animals in 25 years,.
    Well, now everything I buy that always used to work has completely stopped working and within a week my home is infested. My vet said the fleas now are immune to all that worked before….. Please help!

  481. HI Alicia. I would make sure you are treating ALL of the animals in the home, as sometimes, clients will not treat the animals that are itchy or have skin lesions, but they may be carrying immature larvae and/or eggs on the coat, without causing an allergic reaction in a particular pet, but will still infest the environment and/or keep infestation going. I would consider nexguard for the dogs and comfortis for the cats, or the cheristin collar. It is also important to treat the home environment in the yard and/or indoor home, as much of the flea life cycle still occurs in the home. I dont agree with your vet that modern and new products like this are no longer effective. Treat all of the animals. Treat the home!!!

  482. None of the inside treatments will work if you also don’t treat your yard every 6 months. I am having a hard time with flea control recently, I bought the Comfortis, which is really expensive, but it is a huge pill and the cats won’t ingest it. I have tried making it into a powder and hiding it in their food, but they won’t eat the food if I do that. I have tried advantage II and it just doesn’t work anymore. But we didn’t use the pellets on the grass, so we are giving that a try. Sprayed the house. Applied Advantag II, and treated the yard. We have tile, so vacuuming and washing the floors should help too. I wish you luck. Try combing your cat and drowning the fleas in dawn and water and for sure treat the yard.

  483. Excellent points Grace. Treating the ENTIRE environment when one has a flea infestation is very important, as most of the flea life cycle does occur in the home or yard. This does explain, while some people dont get adequate flea control relief by just treating their pets with the newer and certainly effective prescription products available. Many years ago, we always stressed treating the home as well, which seems to have been forgotten often with many vets today with the newer and more effective generation of products used on pets.

  484. I have treated my home and yard. Treated the 4 dogs with biospot. Today I noticed on one of the dogs they fleas have moved to his head. I applied it between their shoulders to the nase of their tails. Wehave been fighting this problem for over 2 months.

  485. Hi. I used Frontline on my 2 cats on 6/14 and 6/15. It has done nothing to help, I am pretty sure I applied correctly. I purchased Advantage and my question is…. ..When is it safe to reapply? I would like to do it today 7/18 but worry about negative side effects. Do you think enough time has passed (32-33 days) ?? Thank you

  486. Hi Tami. Also Kim. As for Tami’s question, I would consider getting script for oral comfortis or Nexguard or Simparica from your local vet to fill at 1800petmeds. You may need additional products. Also make sure you treat home with good product as well such as with Knockout as much of flea life cycle occurs in home. As for Kim’s question beolow Tami’s, I would have no problem applying the advantage now

  487. I need some advise/help please. Around thanksgiving my poor boy was infested with fleas. I immediately began treating the issue not only with him but my environment. Three months of treatments, from baths to his topical medication, oral medication, washing his bedding weekly and his surrounding daily I was having no such luck. These buggers were still present. Feeling like i had exhausted every option, his vet recommended the Seresto Flea collar and within two weeks I was finally able to take a breath and see some light at the end of the tunnel.

    Fast forward to two weeks ago Monday, my husband noticed my poor dog was covered again. We immediately treated him with CAPSTAR and kept him in the garage overnight. The following day he received a flea bath, treated everything and on Friday of this past week put a brand new Flea Collar(we assumed his old one ran its course).

    5 days later poor guy still has them on him. NOT covered but enough to have my skin crawl and be on alert. He’s tired of being picked at and secluded to a section of the house. I have spoken to other dog owners who fortunately for them, have not encountered any issue with FLEAS and with that being said are no help. I don’t know what I am doing wrong, or if its simply the breed of my dog(he’s a husky). Desperate not knowing what else to do,

    I reached out to his vet who suggested using an oral monthly medication alongside his flea collars as sometimes they do work as well on bigger dogs. They also advised to treat my environment as that will also play into effect.

    How do i prevent this from continuously occurring? I do not own any carpets, all my floors are hardwood and tile and i vacuum my entire house everyday. Its truly exhausting. I am 7 months pregnant which makes this whole process that much more difficult and I fear that once the baby is born i will not be able to be as attentive as i am now.

    I did invest in a bottle of Richard’s Organic Flea & Tick prevention. I was told this product works great and acts as a “bug repellent” for fleas. which I have applied directly to his coat.

    My poor boy is miserable and tired of being checked everyday.

    Any and all feedback would be greatly appreciated.

  488. Hi VAl. Perhaps you got a bad or defective seresto flea collar as does not make sense that it would not work as well the second time around. I would call company and speak with customer service rep or vet support staff to get input. In mean time you can use oral capstar once daily for several days, as well as try and treat home as you have been doing as well as dont forget about yard as well, as most of flea life cycle still occurs in home

  489. My dog has been on Advantix since she was a pup (she’s 5 years old), and my cats have always been on Advantage. We just moved 4 months ago, and now my pets have fleas. They’ve never missed a dose. We’ve treated the yard and used diggers in the house. We had an exterminator come out. I switched to Frontline. We STILL have a major infestation! I was a CVT for 18 years, so yes, I’m applying it correctly. They get Capstar, which helps, but it only kills the adult fleas.
    There is no way any vet can convince me that Advantix and Frontline still work when my dog and cats were on it and still ended up with fleas. The home i bought was vacant for nearly 3 years (foreclosure), and we remodeled down to the studs. It didn’t have carpet, the flooring and baseboards were all replaced, even the subfloor. Even if they were in the yard, that was treated and my pets were on a preventative, so we shouldn’t have become infested in the first place. Before I left veterinary medicine to be a stay-at-home mom last fall, I had a lot of clients complain that Frontline, Advantix, and Advantage were no longer working. I used to tell them the same thing. They work, you just gave to use them correctly and treat the environment. Now I know that’s the problem. It’s the fleas that are resistant.
    (I’m in southwestern Illinois, where it seems to be a common occurrence that fleas are resistant to these products)

  490. Edit for my above comment:
    We used foggers, not “diggers”. It seems my phone goes insane with autocorrect.

  491. Hi Natalie. I have also seen occasional problems with resistance(in clients who are also treating home as well) with some of the older flea products. I would change over to some of the newer tablet alternatives, such as Nexguard or Simparica

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