Flea Medication Not Working on Pets

 
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All too often, a pet owner will come in and share their experiences in which he or she regularly applies Frontline Plus (Fiproguard Plus) or Advantage II, yet is angry that after several treatments they are still seeing fleas. There are several plausible explanations for persistent flea infestations that have nothing to do with lack of efficacy of these products.

For a fool-proof plan to eliminate a flea infestation, it takes patience and weeks of treatment including treating your pet and home environment

First, I make sure that they are correctly applying the topical flea medications. It is easy to forget that 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. It’s also important to properly follow product label directions, which for some products like Advantage II for large dogs require that animal guardians apply the product in multiple spots down the pet’s back. While it is tempting for animal guardians to try and save money by using only portions of products labeled for larger pets on smaller animals, it is a process such as this that can lead to product failure. Another big reason for product failure involves not addressing home flea relief for the pet, where in some cases 80% of the flea life cycle may occur.  Consider using Premise Treatment for indoor home use.

In very heavy infestations, I will often recommend a professional home exterminating service. My favorite home products include borate based products such as Flea Busters, which can often dry out or dessicate the various flea life stages. In spite of recent discussion in the veterinary literature, the development of wide spread flea resistance is still not believed to be a major factor to clients still finding fleas on their pets.

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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145 Comments

  1. Linda
    Posted August 8, 2011 at 2:20 am | Permalink

    Will Frontline Plus be safe to use on a cat suspected of or having diabetes?
    Thanks

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    Amy Reply:

    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.

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

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

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    Rob Reply:

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

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    Thanks for sharing this knowledge and information.

    Laurel Reply:

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

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

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

    Erik Reply:

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

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    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

  2. EDNA
    Posted August 11, 2011 at 11:02 am | Permalink

    I WAS SO EXCITED WHEN WE SAW WE COULD SAVE MONEY BUT OF COURSE IT WAS MY FAULT THE PRODUCT DID NOT WORK. BULL!!!!!!WE HAVE SLATE FLOORS AND EVEN REMOVED ALL RUGS AND BEDDING.STILL FLEAS ON MY CAT BITING .I PRAYED MY SWEET ANGEL WOULD GET HELPED. JUST A SCAM!!!!!

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    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.

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    Amber Reply:

    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.

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    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.

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    Justin Smith Reply:

    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!!

    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    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

    Ginny Reply:

    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.

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    Boffo DuClon Reply:

    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!

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    Jan Reply:

    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.

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    april kane Reply:

    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!

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    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.

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    Bobbie-Jo Dumont Reply:

    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.

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    Thanks fo rsharing your thoughts.

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    theresa Reply:

    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

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    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.

    john Reply:

    It is spelled VACUUM.

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  3. Barbara
    Posted August 14, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

    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.

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

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

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    Rana Reply:

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

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

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

  4. Linda
    Posted August 14, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Permalink

    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…..

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

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

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  5. John
    Posted August 15, 2011 at 8:04 am | Permalink

    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.

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

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

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    Pam Reply:

    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.

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    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.

    Susan Reply:

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

    Thank you so much for th reminder.

    Susan

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

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

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    Jack Reply:

    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.

    Mary Eve Reply:

    What kind of garlic?

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  6. Barbara
    Posted August 15, 2011 at 8:59 am | Permalink

    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.

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

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

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    Dawn Reply:

    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 :)

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

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

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  7. John
    Posted August 15, 2011 at 9:15 am | Permalink

    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.

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    Thanks for sharing your experience with small amounts of garlic.

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  8. Linda
    Posted August 15, 2011 at 11:39 am | Permalink

    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!

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

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

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    Pam Reply:

    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.

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    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.

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  9. lisa
    Posted August 21, 2011 at 9:48 am | Permalink

    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.

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    Thanks for sharing your experience about trifexis.

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    Lora Reply:

    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

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    Thanks for sharing. Comfortis is an excellent product.

  10. Linda
    Posted August 21, 2011 at 11:54 am | Permalink

    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.

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    Thanks for sharing your experience on pilling dogs with medications.

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  11. Alesia
    Posted August 23, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

    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

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    I am a VMD from Penn veterinary school.

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  12. MJ Alfano
    Posted August 24, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

    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.

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

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

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    Boffo DuClon Reply:

    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.

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  13. Alesia
    Posted August 24, 2011 at 9:51 pm | Permalink

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

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    You are welcome.

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  14. Dee
    Posted August 25, 2011 at 9:54 pm | Permalink

    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+

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

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

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    Dee Reply:

    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.

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

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

    Boffo DuClon Reply:

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

    Dyan Reply:

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

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    I dont see a problem using front line now.

  15. Linda
    Posted August 27, 2011 at 1:02 am | Permalink

    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.

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    Korri Reply:

    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.

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    Thanks for sharing. Sounds like nice and fair veteriniarian.

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  16. Lisa
    Posted August 27, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

    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.

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

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

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    me Reply:

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

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    Boffo DuClon Reply:

    Garlic is toxic to dogs.. look it up!

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    Poof Kennels Reply:

    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).

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    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.

    CJ Reply:

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

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  17. Wendy Fowler
    Posted August 28, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Permalink

    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.

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

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

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    Ajah Reply:

    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?

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

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

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  18. barb
    Posted August 29, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Permalink

    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.

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    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

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  19. Terri Williams
    Posted September 1, 2011 at 2:30 am | Permalink

    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?

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    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.

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    Dawn Reply:

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

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    Libby Reply:

    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.

  20. Posted September 2, 2011 at 10:40 am | Permalink

    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!

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    Judy Reply:

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

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    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.

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  21. Aliceanne Linderman
    Posted September 2, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

    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.

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    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.

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  22. Linda
    Posted September 2, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

    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.

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

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

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  23. John
    Posted September 5, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Permalink

    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.

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

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

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  24. Nancy
    Posted September 6, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Permalink

    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.

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

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

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  25. kimberly
    Posted September 7, 2011 at 10:16 pm | Permalink

    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?
    Thanks:)

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    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.

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  26. Linda
    Posted September 15, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Permalink

    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!!

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  27. Lori
    Posted September 15, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

    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.

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  28. Lisa
    Posted September 18, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

    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!!

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  29. Carl
    Posted September 18, 2011 at 11:06 pm | Permalink

    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.
    Carl

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  30. Nicole
    Posted September 24, 2011 at 9:50 pm | Permalink

    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.

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  31. Nicole
    Posted September 24, 2011 at 9:51 pm | Permalink

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

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  32. Linda
    Posted September 24, 2011 at 10:33 pm | Permalink

    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

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  33. Barbara
    Posted September 25, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Permalink

    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

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  34. amanda
    Posted September 26, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

    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.

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  35. Lessie
    Posted September 26, 2011 at 10:47 pm | Permalink

    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 (

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  36. Barbra
    Posted September 27, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

    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

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  37. Carl
    Posted September 27, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

    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

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  38. Mary
    Posted September 27, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

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

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  39. Phill
    Posted September 28, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

    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.

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  40. Linda
    Posted September 28, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

    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.

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  41. Posted September 29, 2011 at 9:43 am | Permalink

    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?

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  42. Nicole
    Posted October 2, 2011 at 8:26 pm | Permalink

    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.

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  43. Posted October 6, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Permalink

    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…..

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  44. DeEtta
    Posted October 8, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Permalink

    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.

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  45. Luci
    Posted October 10, 2011 at 10:24 am | Permalink

    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.

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  46. esper
    Posted October 10, 2011 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

    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.

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  47. Boffo DuClon
    Posted October 11, 2011 at 11:16 am | Permalink

    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. “

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  48. Not Boffo DuClon
    Posted October 14, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Permalink

    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.

    DBAA.

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    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!!!!

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  49. Linda
    Posted October 15, 2011 at 10:42 pm | Permalink

    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!

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    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.

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    Linda Reply:

    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.
    Linda

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    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.

  50. Linda
    Posted October 17, 2011 at 12:54 am | Permalink

    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.

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    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.

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  51. Posted October 22, 2011 at 10:11 pm | Permalink

    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.

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    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

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  52. Dianna
    Posted November 5, 2011 at 4:50 am | Permalink

    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.

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    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.

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  53. Felicia
    Posted November 9, 2011 at 12:05 am | Permalink

    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!

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    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.

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    Raoul Reply:

    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.

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    Thanks for sharing your experience.

  54. Linda
    Posted November 9, 2011 at 12:18 am | Permalink

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

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    Felicia Reply:

    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.

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    Thanks for sharing with us.

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  55. Wenzel
    Posted November 17, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Permalink

    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….

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    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.

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  56. Laura
    Posted November 21, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Permalink

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

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

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

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  57. Bethanne Yanchick
    Posted November 28, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Permalink

    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.

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    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.

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  58. Christine
    Posted November 29, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Permalink

    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?

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    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.

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  59. Tink's Mom
    Posted December 2, 2011 at 4:18 am | Permalink

    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!

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    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.

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    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.

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  60. Mary
    Posted December 2, 2011 at 10:07 pm | Permalink

    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!

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

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

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  61. tony
    Posted December 3, 2011 at 8:51 am | Permalink

    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

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

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

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  62. Waleska
    Posted January 6, 2012 at 7:13 am | Permalink

    Brewers Yeast eith Garlic….

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    Brewers yeast and garlic can sometimes be effective.

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    Andi Reply:

    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 ;)

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    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

  63. Catherine Whittingto
    Posted January 9, 2012 at 7:49 pm | Permalink

    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!

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  64. Dolores
    Posted January 10, 2012 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

    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.

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

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

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  65. Dolores
    Posted January 11, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Permalink

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

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  66. Catherine Whittingto
    Posted January 13, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Permalink

    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?

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

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

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  67. Judy
    Posted January 21, 2012 at 6:00 pm | Permalink

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

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    Garlic powder would be fine.

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  68. lulu
    Posted February 14, 2012 at 7:02 am | Permalink

    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.

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

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

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    Catherine Whittingto Reply:

    Are you aware of any carcinogenic effects from giving Comfortis?

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  69. Posted February 19, 2012 at 3:09 am | Permalink

    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.

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

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

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  70. Starla Cogar
    Posted April 22, 2012 at 11:22 pm | Permalink

    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!!

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    Thanks for sharing your experiences with your flea control regimen.

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  71. Judy Edds
    Posted May 7, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

    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.

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

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

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  72. Marilyn
    Posted May 17, 2012 at 1:52 am | Permalink

    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.

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

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

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  73. Dianna
    Posted May 17, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Permalink

    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.

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    Thanks for sharing.

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  74. Judy Edds
    Posted May 17, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Permalink

    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?

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

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

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  75. Judy
    Posted May 17, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Permalink

    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.

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

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

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  76. Dianna
    Posted May 17, 2012 at 4:58 pm | Permalink

    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.

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

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

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  77. Nicole
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Permalink

    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.

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    Thanks for sharing. An excellent product.

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  78. Karen
    Posted May 26, 2012 at 11:02 am | Permalink

    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.

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

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

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  79. Bill Grissom
    Posted June 8, 2012 at 9:15 am | Permalink

    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.

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

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

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    Perhaps try oral comfortis.

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  80. catherine whittingto
    Posted June 8, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

    @ 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!

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

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

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  81. Sandy
    Posted June 9, 2012 at 10:52 pm | Permalink

    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?

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    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.

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  82. Linda E.
    Posted June 10, 2012 at 5:36 am | Permalink

    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.

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    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.

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  83. Catherine Lorenz
    Posted June 11, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

    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?

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

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

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    Catherine Lorenz Reply:

    Thanks!

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  84. Phil
    Posted June 11, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

    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!

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

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

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  85. Dianna
    Posted June 11, 2012 at 11:26 pm | Permalink

    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.

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    Thanks for sharing regarding comfortis.

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  86. sharon
    Posted June 22, 2012 at 6:26 am | Permalink

    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!!

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    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.

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  87. Judy
    Posted June 22, 2012 at 9:09 am | Permalink

    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.

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    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.

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  88. Pamela
    Posted July 1, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

    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.

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    Thanks for sharing your experience and product use.

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  89. Concerned
    Posted July 3, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

    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??

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    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

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  90. Robin
    Posted July 5, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Permalink

    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

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

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

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  91. allan
    Posted July 5, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

    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

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    Thank you for sharing.

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  92. peggy
    Posted July 12, 2012 at 10:51 am | Permalink

    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.

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

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

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  93. Dianna
    Posted July 12, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

    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.

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    Baking soda certainly worth a try.

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  94. Posted July 12, 2012 at 9:37 pm | Permalink

    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 !!!!

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

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

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

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

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  95. catherine whittingto
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

    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.

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

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

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  96. Kathy
    Posted July 20, 2012 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

    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,
    Kathy

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

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

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  97. SASHAJ
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 2:11 am | Permalink

    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!

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    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.

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  98. SASHAJ
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 2:13 am | Permalink

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

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    Sounds like you are doing best you can.

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  99. SASHAJ
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 2:18 am | Permalink

    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.

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

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

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  100. Phillis Hipsher
    Posted July 25, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Permalink

    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.

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    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.

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  101. Hannahs mom
    Posted August 6, 2012 at 7:10 am | Permalink

    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.

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

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

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  102. Sandilee
    Posted August 7, 2012 at 7:53 am | Permalink

    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.

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  103. Ashlee
    Posted August 7, 2012 at 7:57 am | Permalink

    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!

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    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

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  104. Kim T
    Posted August 14, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

    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.

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

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

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  105. Suzanne
    Posted August 15, 2012 at 11:17 pm | Permalink

    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?

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    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

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  106. Posted August 17, 2012 at 9:00 am | Permalink

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

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  107. Loren
    Posted August 19, 2012 at 9:04 pm | Permalink

    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.

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

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

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  108. adragonam
    Posted August 20, 2012 at 2:12 am | Permalink

    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

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    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.

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  109. Kim T
    Posted August 20, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

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

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

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

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  110. catherine whittingto
    Posted August 20, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

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

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  111. Amanda
    Posted August 22, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

    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

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

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

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  112. Cindi
    Posted August 25, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Permalink

    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!

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

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

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  113. valerie
    Posted August 25, 2012 at 11:59 pm | Permalink

    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?

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

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

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  114. Tam
    Posted August 27, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Permalink

    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.

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  115. Wendy
    Posted September 7, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Permalink

    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?

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

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

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    Wendy Reply:

    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?

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

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

  116. cindy
    Posted September 15, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Permalink

    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.

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    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

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  117. Mary
    Posted September 17, 2012 at 8:14 am | Permalink

    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.

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    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.

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  118. Constance Scott
    Posted October 6, 2012 at 1:22 am | Permalink

    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.

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    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.

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  119. Michelle
    Posted October 14, 2012 at 7:53 pm | Permalink

    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?

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    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.

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  120. Craig
    Posted October 31, 2012 at 11:34 pm | Permalink

    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!

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

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

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  121. Sheila
    Posted November 5, 2012 at 8:29 pm | Permalink

    Can comfortis be used with the topical advantix?

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

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

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  122. Sheila
    Posted November 6, 2012 at 7:57 am | Permalink

    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!!

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

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

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  123. Barb Ferney
    Posted November 9, 2012 at 10:53 am | Permalink

    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?

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    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.

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  124. Laura
    Posted November 13, 2012 at 12:17 am | Permalink

    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

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    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.

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  125. Laura
    Posted November 23, 2012 at 10:57 pm | Permalink

    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.

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

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

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  126. jack knight
    Posted November 28, 2012 at 9:34 am | Permalink

    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.

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

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

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  127. Mary
    Posted November 28, 2012 at 11:36 am | Permalink

    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

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

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

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  128. Posted December 9, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

    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.

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

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

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  129. laura
    Posted December 11, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

    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).

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

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

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

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

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  130. Shawna
    Posted December 31, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

    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!

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    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.

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  131. Beverly
    Posted February 1, 2013 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

    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!!!!

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    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

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  132. mk
    Posted February 4, 2013 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

    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.

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    Beverly Reply:

    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.

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

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

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    Beverly Reply:

    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

    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    You are welcome. Let us know how it goes.

    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    Thanks for sharing these wonderful product suggestions.

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  133. Marge
    Posted February 13, 2013 at 7:16 pm | Permalink

    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,

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  134. Mandy Lawrence
    Posted February 24, 2013 at 6:21 pm | Permalink

    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.

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    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.

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  135. Rachelle
    Posted July 3, 2013 at 12:26 am | Permalink

    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.

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

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

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  136. Dianna
    Posted July 3, 2013 at 12:34 am | Permalink

    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.

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

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

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  137. Angie Puckett
    Posted July 26, 2013 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

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

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

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

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  138. Kimberley
    Posted August 5, 2013 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

    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.

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  139. Amanda
    Posted August 5, 2013 at 4:44 pm | Permalink

    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.

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    Kimberley Reply:

    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.

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    Thanks for sharing your experiences.

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  140. Shannon
    Posted September 30, 2013 at 5:32 pm | Permalink

    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

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    Amanda Reply:

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

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    At Least 1-2 weeks.

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

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

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  141. Ava Coleman
    Posted October 1, 2013 at 12:48 am | Permalink

    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 .

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    Thanks for sharing Ava.

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  142. Posted November 8, 2013 at 8:54 pm | Permalink

    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!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    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

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  143. Phyllis Stern
    Posted January 18, 2014 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

    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.

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    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.

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    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.

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  144. Suzannah
    Posted March 11, 2014 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

    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?

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

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

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  145. Posted July 19, 2014 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

    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?

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    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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