What do you use for flea and tick preventatives

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
535 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

We used to use Trifexis on our dogs and it worked great but it is a PAIN to get them to take it. They just absolutely refuse to. It’s awesome if you can get your dog to take it because it’s everything combined into one (heartworm, ticks, fleas, other worms, etc..)

Post # 4
640 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

We use Advantix monthly treatment and it’s worked so far!

ETA: it’s a topical treatment applied by parting the hair and squeezing a small amount in 3-4 locations from their neck to the base of their tail.

Post # 5
8282 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

I need to get something for my dog too. I’ll be looking into some of the replies. Keep them coming ladies!

Post # 6
15019 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Advantix also. It’s the only thing that worked for our youngest pup. The older one, I swear, is immune to them or something. She has never had a flea or a tick. The younger one, the minute the ground got warm she was covered in them. We tried every brand from the Walmart stuff to frontline and only the advantix has worked. Within an hour of putting it on, every flea was dead or gone and has been clear since. 

Post # 7
688 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013


Just to let you know, as a precaution, Trifexis does not prevent ticks. It takes care of fleas, eggs, and certain kinds of worms but not ticks. Most vets should recommend a preventic collar whichis different from a flea collar and specifically prevents ticks.

I work for a Veterinary Clinic and specifically deal with our medical reps. I just want to make sure you’re fully informed because I’d hate for you to take your pup into the woods or something and it gets ticks.




To the OP I recommend Advantix. In my opinion it is an owners best line of defense against fleas, ticks, and worms. It’s important to note that this product, along with all topical preventatives, should not be used directly before or after a bath. Oils and the skin helps with the distribution of the product throughout the body. So if you give a bath it should be done a couple of days before administration. Also if your dog needs a bath in between doses then make aure the shampoo is a gentle, soap free shampoo as those types of shampoos can strip prevention off.

Post # 8
673 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@anemone681:  I used to use advantix 2 but I have switched to liberty 50 because its a heck of a lot cheaper but is the same active ingredients. We have a HUGE tick problem where I live and I don’t find a single tick on them now. I buy it at Tractor Supply and even though it doesn’t say it, it is waterproof (my dogs swim a lot). It is about $15 a package, which is 2 months for my 75# dog an 3 months for my 55# dog.

Post # 9
673 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@bdockery:  Trifexis doesn’t say that it works for ticks, which is why I’ve never bothered to try it! Plus it does not offer mosquito, biting lice, and mite protection (as far as what’s advertised) 🙁

Post # 10
410 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

@anemone681:  are you using frontline spot on or combo? As spot on has been proven to be virtually useless in the UK now due to flea and tick immunity. Combo should work… But I use Advantage – not sure if its a UK brand or international though

Post # 11
6985 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

We use Frontline Plus. I don’t think it prevents ticks from attaching, but supposedly it kills them within an acceptable amount of time. So if you’re seeing some stuck on their coat, that’s probably normal unfortunately.

If you have cats in your house be careful as some of those products are deadly to cats. Advantix I think maybe it is?

Post # 12
223 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

comfortis tablet. works like a charm! and we have an outdoor cat.

Post # 13
61 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

We use the Preventic collar for our pup.  We’ve never had any fleas (knock on wood) but our yard had a tick problem, so we had the yard sprayed and then stuck a collar on the puppy.  So far, no more ticks 🙂

Post # 15
2627 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@bdockery:  ditto. Trifexis

Our vet told us that in the bad season we can actually give the Trifexis every three weeks as opposed to 4 so there isnt a “down” week of low meds.

We tried the topicals and it didnt work. For our dog only Trifexis worked. and when there seems to be a problem that is about to happen (IE we see a couple fleas, but not infested yet) we use Capstar. They can take this for several days in a row and kills the live fleas on them ASAP.  As the eggs hatch you can keep killing them as the Trifexis takes effect. 

And then we wash everything! blankets, dog beds, clean etc.

Our dog is VERY allergic to fleas and it causes really bad other problems like yeast infections and skin infections that causes her to scratch herself bloody so we have to cut off any issues before they develop.


Post # 16
865 posts
Busy bee

@bdockery:  +1 to Trifexis.  We have 3 dogs and 2 cats.  It’s a houseful (we each had pets when we met) we dog sat for a friend of mine and unfortunately were infested with fleas afterward.  We tried everything with no success.  Then our vet recommended Trifexis. Trifexis cleared it up in a couple of days.  I was amazed!!  My dogs like and take it, but the cats hate it.  You can buy a pill gun (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00076HUB4though.  

My parents also have a houseful of pets and were infested with fleas.  After we had success with Trifexis they switched and also were flea free almost instantly.

Oh and I don’t think it’s actually called trifexis for cats, it’s a different product, but does the same thing (and I *think* is buy the same company)

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