Post # 1
I have two dogs and up until about two years ago we had them on Frontline year round and at this time we got a bad case of fleas in my house. My little dog was covered in them, my big dog had them everywhere but not as bad as the little one. Took us forever to finally get rid of them and when we did we switched meds to Advitix II that was recommended by our vet. We have had no problems since then but we keep it on them every month even in the winter.
Now that the winter is coming up again, I started to wonder if everyone else uses flea meds all year or just from spring to winter? We have one more dose before I have to reorder so it will get us up until December but wondering if I should wait until Spring or just continue with what I have been doing?
What do you bees do?
Post # 3
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
Personally I apply meds all year round as I prefer prevention over cure. If you’re worried, call your vet 🙂 xx
Post # 5
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
We have generally mild winters here, so all three of my dogs are on flea, tick, and heartworm prevention year round.
Post # 7
Thanks for your opinions ladies! I always have them on it year round so I probably will continue to do so, just wasnt sure if it was necessary!
Post # 8
I use them year-round. My dog had a tick on her last winter, and we live in New England.
Post # 9
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
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@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
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
@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
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
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.