(Closed) Daily dog flea treatment?

posted 7 years ago in Pets
Post # 5
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336 posts
Helper bee

There are no daily flea treatments. Your best best is an oral prevention, Comfortis, as Jackieee recommended. It’s great, and we recommend it for pets w/ flea allergies especially because it works so much better, and faster, than topicals.

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

Hi. We use CAPSTAR tablets. It’s safe enough to use daily, but we only give a tablet to our Golden Retriever about an hour or so before leaving any place that has another dog – friends’ houses, doggie-day camp (immediately upon pick-up), dog park, etc. It’s not cheap, but we are flea-free when many others aren’t.  🙂

I order ours from Amazon.

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

@moonadea:  Hi, again. Just re-read your post. The CAPSTAR is safe enough to give to your Pom each day while you are visiting your mom’s place – just make sure you order the right dosage based on weight. Seriously, we love this stuff. My golden had fleas several summers ago – I never want to go through that nightmare again – and she was literally scratching off clumps of fur due to flea allergies. Our vet sold us 1 tablet for like $5.00. I complained about the price, but I had no idea how effective this stuff is – happily ordered a couple of boxes to have on hand just in case.

My golden is also on Frontline once a month for tick prevention.

Good luck!!

 

 

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

@moonadea: I’ve never looked for it at any of the local stores, but it’s worth a shot. Amazon may still be able to deliver it before Christmas – or maybe have it delivered to your mom’s house? You may also want to read the other reviews on the Amazon site.  Not sure how much your pom weighs, but here’s a link…

http://www.amazon.com/Novartis-Capstar-Flea-Treatment-Blue/product-reviews/B00028ZLU4/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

 

 

Post # 12
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Helper bee

@moonadea: Capstar is a great product and OTC at PetSmart now. It is not meant to be the only means of prevention though, it’s just an aid in killing adult fleas while treating an infestation. However the PP was right in that it’s safe for daily use, esp for just a short period of time.

For Comfortis as long as you’ve had a recent exam at the vet, within 6m-1y depending on location/hospital’s policy, you should be able to just pick it up if you call ahead for approval.

Post # 13
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305 posts
Helper bee

comfortis works great for a month at a time. capstar only kills the fleas on the dog but doesn’t keep killing them. so in other words, capstar is a short term solution and gets the fleas dead immediately, whereas comfortis works and continues to kill the fleas if they bite your dog for a month. works way better than that topical stuff.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

Junior Mink got some fleas from a neighbor’s dog despite being on Frontline Plus.  Our vet gave us one dose of Comfortis and we sprinked diatomaceous earth (D.E.) around the baseboards and into the rugs at home. 

 

D.E. is a bit safer than those flea bomb things.  You wear a mask when sprinkling/vaccuuming it up, but it doesn’t hurt the dog at all.  D.E. is like little crystals that slice the fleas.  It won’t hurt you unless you inhale a bunch of it.  People use it in gardens. 

 

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