Flea treatment

By Gabs
@gabs8513 (48803)
United Kingdom
May 12, 2007 9:56am CST
Ok everyone my little Dog Gissi is seriously mad at me and I can not blame him this time as I once again had to be cruel to be kind Gissi has an allergie to Fleas, if he gets them he becomes very Ill so I have to make sure that I keep the Flea treatment up with him Every 4 weeks I have to do the treatment The thing is Gissi does not like anyone putting anything on him and I have to use the drops on him as no other products like Spray powder and that works on him only these Drops He certainly hates to be touched at the back of his Neck he gets nasty , so every time I have to do the treatment I have to muzzle him which distresses him very much and I have to be careful he does not bite me as he snaps when I put the Muzzle on him, then what makes it worse is I have to put the drops on the back of his neck bit by bit as he tries to bite me so he starts twisting and that I talk to him soothingly all the way through but honest he will not have any of it and gets stressed out Then I have to be careful when I take the Muzzle of to once it is of he calms down but growls at me so I just stroke him to calm him This is hurting me to see him like this but I know if I don't do it he will get very sick if Fleas get on him Now my Question is Is there anyone at all that knows of a Flea Product that could last about 3 Months so that I only have to put him through this Stress once every 3 months instead of every 4 weeks Vets are useless they charge and just want me to buy their Flea stuff which is very expensive and still have to be done every 4 weeks The Product that I am using is very good and keeps them of him I do not have to have their Product what I want is a Treatment that only has to be done every 3 months or something
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13 responses
@tammyr (5969)
• Etowah, Tennessee
12 May 07
I found that Advantage is better for Izzy. It lasts 6 weeks for us instead of the 4 with Frountline. I use to have a dog that was so afraid of people no one could get close to him. I got him to come with in about a foot of me, and that was the best I could do after a year! Anyway, one day he got lose and there was no way to get him back up. I called our vet and he gave me a pill to put him to sleep. I just slipped it in a hotdog and laid it in his dish and about 20 minutes later, he was asleep enough that I could get to him. I petted that mean ole thing the whole time he was asleep. I had NEVER gotten to pet him before. He was brought to me on a long chain and he stayed on it, on a run except for the time he was loose. Maybe if you speak to the vet, he could give you a sleeping pill to put him asleep enough that you can put it on him. I can tell that it bothers you that he gets so upset and considering his background, he really needs to NOT be upset like that. I hope you can find a way to get it on with out him getting so upset!
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@gabs8513 (48803)
• United Kingdom
12 May 07
Tammy thank you for this I will contact the Vet and see if he can suggest something there thank you so much Yes it does bother me as I do not want to put him through this all the time but he has to have the treatment so he never gets them
@tammyr (5969)
• Etowah, Tennessee
13 May 07
The stress should cause the vet to do that or something similar. I have a friend who's dog is allergic to fleas. I know exactly how it affects them. It is not a pretty site on a short-hair dog, I can only imagine a long hair one! give him lots of extra love the next couple of days.
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@gabs8513 (48803)
• United Kingdom
13 May 07
Oh Sweetie he gets that all the time and he is ok now but I a dread having to do it again in 4 weeks but I think I will try Heathers advise thank you Sweet
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• United States
12 May 07
I use "Frontline Plus" on my dogs when I see the first flea and it woks so well on them I never have to do it again until the next year. I also put a little garlic powder in their daily meal as it it supposed to repel fleas. So that combination protects them all year.
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@gabs8513 (48803)
• United Kingdom
12 May 07
Hmmmmm the Frontline I have been told by the Vet I still have to put on every 4 weeks I mean he hasn't got any as I am kleeping on top of it Heather it is just the Trauma he has to go through every time I will try the Garlic though as well
• United States
12 May 07
I was also told to put it on every 4 weeks and as it was so expensive I waited and watched ...no fleas so I waited another 4 weeks...no fleas. So being the old cynical me me I thought they just want me to keep buying it. So if it ain't broke dont fix it. (No fleas , no treatment!) I have doing this for at least 4 years.
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@gabs8513 (48803)
• United Kingdom
13 May 07
I guess I could try that Heather and the Garlic to Thanks for this
• Canada
12 May 07
I don`t know of any thing that lasts more than four weeks but have you also tried spraying your house that may help a bit . GOOD LUCK finding what you need ...
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@gabs8513 (48803)
• United Kingdom
12 May 07
He hasn't got any as I keep on top of it I just don't want to keep putting him through the trauma of doing it every 4 Weeks
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• Canada
12 May 07
Sorry I can`t help with this , I know they should have something out that will last the whole season ...
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@crazy1 (480)
• New Zealand
12 May 07
I don't think there is one that lasts 3 months. If there is, your vet or vet nurse(s) will tell you if you ask. Don't be afraid to ask questions, it the only way to find out.
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@gabs8513 (48803)
• United Kingdom
12 May 07
Well I think I will have to
@crazy1 (480)
• New Zealand
12 May 07
Little dogs can bite hard, so the less you have to do him the better ehhhh.
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@d_hapke (165)
• United States
28 Aug 07
I responded earlier, but, just wanted to say again, try putting a dish in front of him or somewhere where he has to be in his hind legs and really stretch for it. If it's just out of reach and he's focused on that, maybe he wont notice you doing it. Maybe do it a few times w/ you just next to him, then touching. Maybe you might skip his regular meal so he's extra hungry and extra interested. Best of luck. If you're really really desperate, they make a special box for baby goats that you put them in and only their head sticks out. Maybe if you're handy you can adjust it to your dogs size.
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@gabs8513 (48803)
• United Kingdom
28 Aug 07
Thank you so much for this advice and I will try it
@melanie652 (2526)
• United States
17 May 07
Frontline Plus only has to be done every 3 months if you're only using it to control fleas. If you need it to control ticks, it must be done monthly. I think of the flea products available from the vet, Advantage works best on fleas. We have a cat that is allergic to fleas, plus we have problems with ticks so I use Frontline Plus every month. If ticks weren't a problem, I'd use Advantage.
@gabs8513 (48803)
• United Kingdom
17 May 07
Thank you for this and I will look into that to
@MsTickle (25006)
• Australia
16 May 07
I use dog shampoo with tea tree oil. I also feed Lucy small quantities of garlic daily. The garlic keeps their blood clean and the fleas don't like it.
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@gabs8513 (48803)
• United Kingdom
17 May 07
I tried the Shampoo but no luck as for the Garlic I am now giving that Gissi to as a few of you have said about the Garlic
@Calais (10905)
• Australia
13 May 07
Hi, Besides all the commercial products that others have mentioned, maybe try to add a little garlic to his food. It is a natural repellant and does wonders. Good Luck !!
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@gabs8513 (48803)
• United Kingdom
13 May 07
Thank you another Member told me this to so I will definatly try that now
@kathy77 (7488)
• Australia
13 May 07
Hi Sweetie, Well as you know about my little dog that I used to have and I found the best product to use was Advantage I do not know if you have it there in the U.k. but it did work extremely good for me as my dog was a lot like Gissi and did not like anyone putting anything on him either but he was great with this product. I did at first have to use this every month but then it would last longer and longer until I only had to use it every 3 months.
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@gabs8513 (48803)
• United Kingdom
13 May 07
Thank you Sweetie I will see if I can get it over here
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• United States
12 May 07
Gabs have you tried the pills that keep the fles off? I know some dogs do fine with them. My little dog does fine with out anything because he stays in his yard and my bug man sprays the yard once a year for fleas. I know you take Gissi to a dog park and I am sure he gots the fleas from the grass there. Good luck hun.
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@gabs8513 (48803)
• United Kingdom
12 May 07
He doesn't get the Fleas as I am keeping on top of the treatment I just want to make it easier for him I might actually try them and see if they work Thanks for this Sweety
@TerryZ (22146)
• United States
12 May 07
I think there is Gabs I would check it out at one of the places where you get animal toys combs and things like that. Or call them first before you go. I feel so bad for you and Gissi. Im sure someone on here can help you sweets. Hang in there.
@gabs8513 (48803)
• United Kingdom
12 May 07
I really hope so Terry as it hurts me every time I have to do it to him and traumatize him like that but if I don't then he will end up sick so I have to do it
@rainbow (6763)
12 May 07
Poor Gizzi, could you not trickle it on when he's sleeping? It sounds like a bit of an ordeal for both of you. I have frontline combo for both my girls but it is unfortunately monthly. It seems to leave an oily patch that then goes dusty on the back of Newtys neck which I don't like so I try to do little drops all down her back, but she's really good about it. I just wait til she's not looking and pop it on. For a lot of years Noo had a garlic tablet every day, and this is supposed to keep the fleabees off and luckily she never got any even when Polly cat did. But now there are 2 litttle boys in the home I have to make sure, so it's chemicals, maybe theres somewhere on line that does an organic solution to this problem.
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@gabs8513 (48803)
• United Kingdom
12 May 07
Nope Sweetie as soon as I go near his neck he gets mad he just won't have it Yes the Drops I use do that to but I have tried all sorts to get him to calm he will not have it he hates it
@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
20 May 07
I used to do the dip like a bath lol might not like it but it lasted awhile dont do anything now no fleas out here or not in our yard any way hoooooo rayy for that
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