Do you use flea medications for your dog? What do you use?

United States
April 22, 2007 4:47pm CST
I've tried them all and I really cannot find anything better then K9 Advantage. The other similar brands, especially those you buy in the stores as opposed to the vets office, just don't work. Frontline, its biggest competitor, doesn't seem to last as long for my dogs. What do you use? A lot of people use organic things too, but I've never had luck with that. Seems to me that K9 Advantage works best for us so I stick with it. It is expensive but worth it!
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@Wyayenjee (160)
• United States
23 Apr 07
Mine never had fleas but instead, we'd always use shampoo with with tick medication already in it so I guess it helps.
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• United States
24 Apr 07
Ah! I've got 3 beasts... I cannot imagine bathing them all the time to keep the fleas at bay! LOL How many dogs do you have?
@ellie26 (4133)
• Malaysia
23 Apr 07
When my dog have flea, I will call a vet to check on him. the veterinary will give some kind of powder to dust on my dog and some kind of liquid to bathe him. I never ask the vet what the name of the medicine he gave. But it works.
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• United States
24 Apr 07
That's why I like the Advantage/Advantix products. They come in a little tube, you apply to their skin and you're done. No bathing or anything, which can get tedious!
@emeraldisle (13141)
• United States
23 Apr 07
Well right now we just use a flea collar and it has been working fairly well. We have also used by Hartz a powder that you can use on the pets but also on the carpets. It works wonderfully at killing the fleas. What is nice is that it can go in the private areas which most can't so guess where the fleas will go then? This takes care of it. In the past I have used more organic methods such as brewers yeast and garlic mixed into the food. The best thing I found though is if you can get a hunk of amythest and put it in the water. It doesn't hurt them but it makes the skin and blood taste bad to the fleas. It doesn't work over night but it does work. Also to help keep them (and roachs/palmetto bugs) out of your house eucalyptus branches works. They don't like the smell.
• United States
24 Apr 07
Interesting facts! I have heard eucalyptus branches work well for a lot of things. And to be honest, if you keep the ones you get from the craft stores spritzed with plain water the scent comes out in them and smells lovely around the house. Sort of a fresh scent.
• United States
23 Apr 07
I use a brand that is sold at my local Orschelin Farm and Home store, and for the life of me I cannot remember the name of it. I found it because on of my neighbors actually patented it. It works just as well as the Frontline that I used to use, and it is cheaper. He gave me a sample a couple of years ago, and I have used it ever since. I will try to get the name of it tomorrow. It is water repellant, so their baths do not interfere with how it works, and it works for both fleas and ticks.
• United States
23 Apr 07
I prefer Frontline, perhaps it is because I have small dogs but I only have to give them one treatment and it lasts all year. I also put a little garlic powder on their food and that is supposed to help as well. I know know that some people say garlic is bad for dogs but I have been using it for over 30 years on all breeds of dogs and it has never harmed them of course I only use a very small amount.
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@lisagayle (394)
• United States
22 Apr 07
evedrything I have tried has not worked for my dog. Except for the Skip Flea and Tick Shampoo. i bathe my dog every 10 days in it and it keeps the fleas away. The tick are another problem all together, they are stubborn little things and I have found that a Preventic color works fine for him. He loves outside and I wouild hate to have to keep him in, I have even considered spraying the yard and the fields that he likes to run in. But, I am worried that it might harm my animals.
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• United States
23 Apr 07
I understand your fears. Because this area is so infested, and just about every yard that touches ours has dogs in it too, it seems like the fleas are rampant here! I debated putting stuff on our lawn for it but to be honest I cannot justify the chemicals when there are so many other things, perhaps a bit harder for me to use then a quick spray of chemicals on the lawn, to keep the fleas at bay. So I stick with the advantage for the rough months, bathe and sometimes even powder them and then put garlic in their food.
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• United States
24 Apr 07
When I got my boston terrier BRADY he was covered in fleas....like seriously bad. I tried everything on the market (that i could use for his tender at age at the time 6wks) and nothing worked. A friend of mine told me to you use Dawn soap...... trust me this sounded odd to me also....but it worked....it really worked. Just make sure to keep it away from the eyes but hit the main spots where fleas stay...around the neck, under arms etc. Hope this works.
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• United States
24 Apr 07
I've had rescue puppies that I've used that for too. You're right.. it does work!
@austere (2814)
• Philippines
23 Apr 07
yes, my brother bought those from the animal shop. i dont really know the name but it kills their fleas. it's like color blue liquid that is used when you bathe the dogs. our dogs also have the talc which basically do the same thing! i hate our dog when they got fleas, i feel itchy. my brother also vut our dog's hairs to minimize it's fleas. honestly, i felt sorry for our dog because he doesnt look good with the short hair cut.. i can feel he felt shy about it too because he is constanly hiding since his hair was cut off!
• United States
24 Apr 07
Uh oh...maybe the other doggies in the neighborhood are laughing at him? LOL I agree.. hate when my animals have fleas because even if they aren't on you, you always feel like they are!
• United States
23 Apr 07
I've used them all hockeygal4ever. I ended up buying Advantix from my vet. It actually works and works well. After spending a fortune on other over the counter products I will never use anything else.
• United States
24 Apr 07
Yes, that's what happend to me too. After spending probably as much if not more then I would just taking the initial crunch and buying the expensive stuff from the vet I realized nothing works as well. Now I just stick with Advantage/Advantix. I've never had issues with it either. Frontline seemed to not work as well for us. I would put the Frontline on them and they'd have fleas a week later.
• United States
23 Apr 07
Last year we were really fortunate and our lab didn't get fleas. We gave him a weekly flea bath though. I was all prepared to run out and get flea stuff but he just never got any. I'm hoping the same thing happens this year. He was even tied out for a few days while we went on vacation (the dog got tied out at DH's dad's house) and he still didn't get any. My parents use frontline on their cats so I'd probably try it first because they've never had any problems with it.
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• United States
24 Apr 07
My animals never had flea problems until we moved. I think because so many yards have dogs too it's just brought them here like crazy. We also have a big field and some woods not too far also so that may be a factor too. Now, ever year we've lived here it's been horrendous. I finally realized to stop waiting until they got them and just start with the flea meds now in the spring.
• India
23 Apr 07
i had a dog which passes away 2months ago he was 4months old only:( was a golden retriver! had no flies but since he was 2months my vet had recomanded my to use a powder after he baths.
• United States
24 Apr 07
Awww... I'm sorry you lost your puppy. How sad. I've heard a lot of people say powders work well. I haven't had much luck with then though.
• Canada
22 Apr 07
Mine never seems to have fleas but she get bathed once a month and usually swims in a river or a lake once or twice a week. Never had to use anythign other than those two things.
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• United States
23 Apr 07
Did you know that fleas can hold their breath for something like 1/2 hour!!!! So a lot of times they will survive swimming and bathing. I never realized that until one day a vet told me because I was amazed that my dog had been swimming all summer and yet had fleas. I'm sure it helps though to get them in the water more and more as we've all seen fleas go down the drain with the shampoo! LOL
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• Philippines
24 Apr 07
I use frontline once a month for my dogs to prevent tick and fleas infestation. Another thing, it's not only the dog you have to treat for fleas. If you want to get rid of these parasites, when you treat your dog, you also have to treat his environment (like the whole house). You have to spray your house with chemicals (i dont know what brand is available in your area) that can kill these parasites. Just make sure that your whole family and your dog will not be around when you spray it.
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@sigma77 (5385)
• United States
23 Apr 07
That is what I have used and it works great. Since one of my cats got out about 2 years ago(she is an indoor cat) and came back with fleas, I have tried several kinds. I don't want to go through getting rid of fleas in the house ever again. You can easily keep cats in the house, but not so much a dog.
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• India
23 Apr 07
Source:www.bestezines.com A very big concern with owning a dog, especially a large one, is having one infested with fleas, ticks, or other parasitic hosts. They cause a large variety of health issues and problems with your canine companion. These hosts are often tough to get rid of. Once infested, these parasitic creatures can often spawn hundreds of new eggs a day. With the correct dog flea medicine and prevention methods, these harmful little creatures can be eradicated and stunted from spreading forever. Comprehending the Flea's Life Cycle Before you start your treatment of flea medicine, its best to understand how these little beasts live. There are four life cycles of a flea: egg, larva, pupa and adult flea. Fleas locate a host, like your dog or any other animal, and feed upon their blood, therefore being able to produce eggs. Once these eggs have been laid, they will fall from the pet and hatch wherever they tend to land. These places consist of your carpet, dog bedding, couch, clothes, or wherever your dog tends to relax. They hatch as larvae and later transform into pupae and finally adult fleas where they once again find a food source such as your dog. With suitable dog flea and tick medicine, it is evident that the fleas life cycle will come to a hault , therefore ending any further spread of eggs throughout your home. Different Categories of Dog Flea Medicine Not all dog flea medications are created equal nor do they handle your problem in the same manner. Some flea medications destroy egg larvae or adult fleas while others will disrupt their entire life cycle. Not all dog flea medications are dispensed in the same manner. There are oral pills versus a liquid medicine that is applied topically. Regardless of the flea medication, you need to choose which one will best apply to the situation you have at hand or you may find yourself using all of them. As you may be able to notice by now, prevention is the easiest and most effective tool you can use to avoid any flea problem. There are several types of dog flea medications you can select from, we recommend a company called Petcraze . How to use Flea Medication Accurately Posted below are some great tips and hints as to how to administer the proper flea medicine correctly: Remember that some flea medications kill the flea while others work to interrupt the life cycle. Use whichever one works best for your situation or use both when in doubt. Start prevention treatments early, as to stop the fleas from spreading. The earlier you start the easier it will be to eliminate or stop an infestation. Buy a flea collar that will prevent eggs from hatching. If you find that your dog is scratching herself profusely, take action now before the situation gets out of control. Consider a liquid medicine if your dog has trouble with oral medications. You can mix this in their water if necessary. Vacuum areas where your pet rests regularly and discard the bag or vacuum some flea powder into the bag immediately. Consult your vet if you have concerns or questions regarding details of this infestation. Follow instructions properly. Seems very simple, but many people seem to skip a few steps as they may consider them unimportant. Do not fall victim to this mistake.
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• Indonesia
23 Apr 07
i only have cat, and i have medicine her.
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