Flea treatment for dogs?

posted 2 years ago in Pets
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017 - Country Cottage and Gardens

Treatment or prevention (just to be clear)? If you’re talking about treatment then I’ve used shampoos and a powder. I can’t gurantee the powder is safe with cats but it may say on the bottle and if it’s safe for the dog then I don’t see why it would be bad for the cat. But honestly if it’s a minor break out (just a few fleas) then I usually just give mine a good bath with dawn shampoo (that exact brand). You just  work from head to tail and leave it on for 5 minutes to smother the fleas. Then I keep an eye out for any additional fleas. I’ve tried actual flea shampoos but like the idea of the dawn since I know it doesn’t have a ton of chemicals. I’ve only used the powder once and it was only because he was still itching like crazy after the dawn bath. Knowing him though, he was probably just being a drama king. I’ve just never wanted to go all crazy over the whole apartment unless absolutely necessary. I’m sure some people would argue it’s better to catch it early on but that’s all I’ve always done. 

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I know you specified natural treatments, and I can’t speak to that, but we use Advantix for dogs and while it’s definitely not natural, it doesn’t affect our cats at all. Her coat is greasy for about 24 hours then it’s fine. For reference we have a boxer with short hair.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I used Revolution on my cat and my roommate’s cat (with permission) when my jerk of a cat brought us fleas.

Not natural, but it worked really quickly and was super effective.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013 - Mansion House at the MD Zoo

There are (sorry no link, but I’m at work) natural collars that are safe that repel fleas. Google around. They are blue and last for 3-6 months. We just use Frontline/REvolution/Advantix monthly to prevent–since you are applying on their back between the shoulder blades they’re not able to lick it and it doesn’t usually rub off onto surfaces the cat goes on.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

sofialovesmikey:  Not natural but we use Frontline.  I prefer the quick response of Advantage for fleas but now that we live in MO, we most definitely have to treat for ticks as well which regular Advantage does not do. 

There is Advantix which treats ticks but it contains Permethrin which is toxic for cats and can cause fatal reactions.  My old vet went so far as to recommend not using it if there is a cat in the household, or even a neighbor cat that comes around a lot.  Just not worth the risk, especially if they get along well enough to sleep next to each other.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - Antique Rose Emporium

revolution, hands down. Only thing I trusted to put on my tiny 2lb yorkie. Everything’s else is a no go in my opinion. And no matter what, RUN away from Trifexis at all costs.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017 - Country Cottage and Gardens

2YorkiesMama:  For whatever reason, I’m suddenly having trouble editing my post. But as far as prevention, we also use Revolution. We liked that it’s good for multiple things.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

We have used Trifexis for a year and haven’t had issues with it. I know there is a lot of stuff out there right now, but my vet did their due diligence in researching the claims and the studies done by the company. We are comfortable with their level of research into it.

Post # 10
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Newbee

My dog is allergic to fleas so we have to have him on some kind of preventative. I tried all the shampoos, powders, dawn dish soap, everything. If he got one little flea, he went crazy. We had him on trifexis for a while, but after hearing all of the horror stories I switched him. To clarify, I myself did not have a bad experience with it, other than that I had the hardest time getting my dog to take it. So I can not testify that the claims are true or not, it was only my personal choice to no longer give it to him. We then switched to Advantix II I believe, and so far so good. We now have three dogs and they are all on it. We do not have any cats though.

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

You should really talk to a vet. We’ve been taking our dog Geocaching recently and ticks frighten me, so I had discussed with them what options would be effective and safe for my cat. They gave me Frontline Tritak which isn’t safe to use ***ON*** cats, but it is safe for a household with cats.

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