(Closed) Best flea treatment?

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee

We’ve never had any fleas with Revolution but I’m not sure how it is for sensitive animals. 

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@Jennawesbren:  This is a question that is better suited for your vet to answer. I have had no issues with Frontline. Considering the fact that you are having issues with sensitivity though, I would discuss it with a professional that can look at your dog, a vet would also be a good resource at teaching you about flea control, how it is absorbed and which brands have an effect on what stage of development in a parasite’s life cycle.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Comfortis, if you can get hold of it where you are is by far the best.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA

We use Trifexis and it works great for our dog– he used to get “breakthrough fleas” with Frontline towards the end of the month, but with trifexis we’ve never had an issue.  

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Comfortis is taken orally, so it doesn’t wash off. 99% of the fleas will be dead within 2 hours. It’s really the best. My FI is a vet and we used to live in the country were fleas were a real problem and nothing could come close to this.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I second Comfortis– most of the topical things seem to wash right off our pooch after a week or two. We started giving her the oral treatments once a month & no issues! If she already has them we give her capstar pills for a day or two (that kills the adult fleas & lasts 1 day), then when thats over we give her the comfortis pill once a month (that kills the babies & larvae & prevents them from coming back). I would phone your vet and ask them what they think about you using oral medications… 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I found ONE on my dog the other day and freaked–we use a combination of treatments recommended by our vet. For regular monthly prevention, my dog is on Sentinel (it’s a pill-kills baby fleas and eggs) and Frontline (it’s a liquid that gets dripped onto the space between their shoulders, right on their skin, between hair…also for killing eggs). When I found the one on my dog, my vet also gave me Capstar, which INSTANTLY kills any adult fleas. Literally, the dog needs to be kept on a tile or hard floor for a half hour after because if anything is on him, it will fall right off. Ever since we found that one, he hasn’t had any, and we’ve never had a flea problem in 20 years of having dogs. Apparently the big problem with fleas isn’t usually the adult fleas, but their eggs. Gross! Good luck!! I’d definitely suggest buying all 3 products I use, and using the Capstar for a few days to kill any live adult fleas. The Frontline and Sentinel are given on a monthly basis. FYI-Frontline is to be applied when the dog has been dry for 48 hrs and he can’t get wet for 48 hours after, but after the 48 hrs you’re fine to let him go swimming or give a bath.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Please Please PLEASE consult your vet about this!!! My fsil is a vet tech and has seen SO many animals get sick and die from flea treatments that weren’t appropriate for their animals.  Also, a lot of off-brand flea treatments cause serious health issues!

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I used Frontline Plus on my dogs for YEARS and this year it seemed to just quit working on my bigger dog entirely.  Poor girl has been miserable for a week.  I took her to my vet and he prescribed us Comfortis and that stuff works like CRAZY.  Not even 5 hours after taking it she’s completely flea-free and back to her old self.  So now I have one dog on Comfortis and one on Frontline.  I CANNOT reccommend Comfortis enough, but make sure you talk to your vet first!

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Comfortis/Trifexis (my vet said that trifexis is the same company/drug with the added heartworm and worm ingredient)

My dogs had a BAD case of fleas a few years ago.  I bathed them daily, and tried every remedy OTC under the sun.  Finally broke down and bought the comfortis and within 30 minutes they were gone.  Also I bought a spray for the house called KnockOut- it was only available at my vet- but I think some of the catalog places also offer it.  My vet said that if they have fleas for any extended amount of time the eggs/larva are around the house… and the fleas will reappear within a few weeks and the cycle begins again.  You just had to spray around your baseboards and furniture 2 different times. 

It worked and I am a strong believer in both products!

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We use trifexis and have had great results.  Our vet told us that flea populations can actually build a resistance to OTC flea treatments, and they will stop being effective.  In our area the biggest issue is with advantage- it seems like everyone who uses it has poor results.  Talk to the vet and see if they recommend one medicine over another.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I also reccomend comfortis!! 

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@Jennawesbren:  Your vet will tell you this too, but if you do go the pill route, make sure you give them the pill with food!  I read some reviews online before going to the vet saying the pill made their dog vomit, but my vet said as long as you give it to them with food (I use a hot dog or a piece of cheese right before I feed her a meal) they’re fine.

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