Question about flea meds for dogs!

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
50 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

My dog is only 9 months old, so this is his first winter, but I don’t plan on keeping the flea meds on him in the winter. I use Advantage on my cats (I’ve had them for years, and I skip flea meds in the winter as well), and Trifexis on my dog. I think we’re about done with fleas now, but I put a dose on them at the beginning of this month to be safe, but I think we’ll be ok until Spring without reapplying. 

Post # 4
376 posts
Helper bee

Personally I apply meds all year round as I prefer prevention over cure. If you’re worried, call your vet 🙂 xx

Post # 5
2367 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

 While the odds of getting fleas in winter is lower,  it is still possible. I’ve dealt with a flea infestation ONCE, and I swear if it ever happens again, I’ll shave the  cats bald,  and burn the house down.  Saving  the equivalent of a couple lattes a month is not worth the  potential misery.

Post # 6
5460 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

We have generally mild winters here, so all three of my dogs are on flea, tick, and heartworm prevention year round.

Post # 8
720 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I use them year-round. My dog had a tick on her last winter, and we live in New England.

Post # 9
4965 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I keep my doggy on them year round. Just an FYI – I was told by my vet / groomer that Frontline doesn’t really work any more. He recommended k9 advantix.

Post # 10
282 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Glen Sanders Mansion

@Leonard2B:  we use K9 Advantixon our 5 year old pup. for the first couple of years we would just do it from about march until October/November, but since we have had milder winters the past few years, we have kept it on him year round. Also important to remember that flea eggs can lay dormant in your house (gross) until they find a nice unsuspecting pet to latch on to, including in the dead of winter. Not worth the risk!

Post # 11
135 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

My vet switched us from Frontline to Vectra because the fleas in our area were becoming immune to Frontline.  We use it until temps are low enough to freeze.  Last year, we had a really mild winter, so we used it more.  I don’t have a set month I stop and start, but if it is cold enough, we skip it.


Post # 12
789 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@Leonard2B:  When living in CO I did not use them year round, only during the summer.  Now that we’re in the South (AL) I will keep them on year-round. 

Post # 13
429 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I’m a vet tech, I just do mine from spring to winter.  If you are going to stop the topical flea treatment in the winter, make sure you wait for a BIG frost (usually late november to dec here in MI)

Post # 14
697 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I live in Maine (so it’s even colder here in the winter) and my vet recommends keeping them on flea meds all year because it only takes one day of thaw in the winter to wake those bugs up and for them to latch onto your doggies.

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