Curently I'm usuing frountline. I have read that since it's one of the first prescription flea medications the fleas are getting immune to it. I have used frountline on my dogs for years now and have noticed with my Pit Bull Bowser that it does work but not as effectivly as it has in the past.
What flea medications have you found to work? Which ones have you found to be a waste of money? Any suggestions on an effective flea treatment, either from a vet or over the counter?
I noticed that i made a typo it's frontline not frountline. I tend to do this a lot sorry.
I have done a lot of research on this topic. I have also met with a representative from frontline. It appears that fleas are becoming immune to the same flea treatment being used which by most is frontline.
Try Revolution, it's about the same cost as frontline and seems to be working for those that have used frontline in the past and has ceased working. Advantage is also not working for many these days so I would give Revolution a shot. Remember though, you must treat your home and all other pets as well.
See an article I wrote about flea treaments at my pet blog.
Try comfortis. It's a monthly pill. It's a little expensive, but really works wonders.
I've found all flea/tick treatments that are drops on the fur are a waste of money. I've never had them work properly. I have 3 inside dogs that rarely get fleas, but for the outside dog, no drops have worked. Comfortis helped get rid of his fleas then the drops helped few a few days to keep them off. Frontline or any other drop product we tried wouldn't get rid of the current fleas. One year I sat all afternoon with him and a flea comb, got ride of all fleas I could, gave him a flea bath, flea combed him again, let him dry, applied frontline, the next weekend he had fleas again.
There are many dog breeds that have been proven not to work with the drops. Yorkies for example have high potential for frontline not getting rid of fleas and keeping fleas off. This is actually how comfortis was implemented in our house. The yorkie could not get rid of his fleas and was giving them to the other dogs.
Try ditomaceous earth - available in the pool supply section of Home Depot and Lowes or at a pool supply center. It is the fossilized remains of diatoms (a shellfish); and is not harmful to humans or pets. The microscopic edges of the crushed matter, scratches the hard outer shell of the flea and the flea dies.
Sprinkle directly onto your pet and rub it in down to the fur roots, spinkle (cast) in your yard, animal bedding, even on your carpets - the stuff is miraculous! Even better, if you have any eggs waiting to hatch - when they emerge, they die too!
I raise large breed dogs for search and rescue and this stuff is stupendous and keeps me from the expense (and posion) of flea medication.
K9 Advantix works well for my hounds. No over the counter stuff is very good. I tried some herbal stuff too and it wasn't so good. Haven't tried the Comfortis as mine seems to be fine. Good luck now.
I thought I heard advantix has a lot more potential side effects than frontline or advantage.
I just finished a book on the topic and thought you might need some clarification.
Some vets suspect that a few flea control products have lost
their effectiveness BUT it is suspected that those products
are less effective because they are counterfeit.
One study on Advantage found that it has not lost effectiveness
but I have not heard about any similar findings or substantiation
on the rumors.
As far as DE, you need to use the _food grade_ diatomaceous earth
not the filter type and that is not available in home improvement stores.
Find it in health food stores, feed stores, and online sources such as eBay under the trade names of Permaguard or Azmira.
There are a lot of different methods to tackle fleas but the key is to treat the home, yard, and animal at the same time and continue for up to eight weeks.
Oh great topic! 3 cats of mine like to graze in the backyard. the youngest one got fleas and we tried everything to get ride of them. we took the cats showers with flea shampoo, sprayed the whole house down with flea prevention crap, and boguht powder to rub on my cats and still they have it, and the oldest cats ended up getting rashed and loosing their hair :*(
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