Post # 1
I’ve been using Petarmor on my puppy because it is much cheaper than frontline. I mentioned this to the vet and he said I should be cautious of using off brand flea medications. My puppy hasn’t had any adverse reactions and I think it is working ok (summer hasn’t hit yet so we will see any effectiveness issues then). What do you guys use on your pet and why do you prefer it? Any ones you’ve used in the past and haven’t liked?
Post # 2
I use Vectra 3D on my dogs – works well, reasonably priced, and doesn’t cause any reactions. Plus you can get a free vial usually when you buy a 3-dose box.
Post # 3
I use Sentinel (flea and heartworm prevention in one pill) on my 11lb terrier mix. We get it from the humane society when they do their discounted wellness clinics.
Post # 4
- Wedding: December 1969 - City, State
I use nothing. I’ve never found a flea on my dog and I check him for ticks. It’s unnecessary meds (that cross the blood-brain barrier) imo. I do give him ivermectin monthly for heart worm, which is relatively safe compared to a lot of other antiparasitics.
Post # 5
I tried a lesser known flea medicine and it wasn’t that it didn’t work or he reacted – it was just greasy as anything and wouldn’t go away! We couldn’t even pet the poor guy days after it went on. I’ll stick with name brand. Luckily the alternative to flea/tick medicine is to live in the desert – we only need to use the real deal for a few months when it’s wet, otherwise we use nothing. He hasn’t had a tick since I found him as a puppy with his ears full, and only seems to get a flea if we leave him elsewhere for awhile.
Post # 6
Fleas are horrible here, we use Trifexis. It’s a pill for flea and heart worm. We don’t really have a problem with ticks.
Post # 7
We had a super bad flea infestation one time, it was so sad seeing them all over our little guy! We use Frontline Plus. FI’s parents bought the Sams Club version of Frontline and it’s worked for them so far.
Post # 8
You are so lucky. Where do you live? I used to have a dog who was allergic to flea medicine. I had to use a special comb to get them off. I’d sit down for an hour a day in the summer and get litetally hundreds of fleas off of him. And the next day a hundred more would hatch or jump into him. It must be a climate issue.
I use Frontline once a month and Capstar periodically as needed. My dog goes crazy when he gets a flea and chews his skin until he bleeds. So he has to have extra help in the flea department, unfortunately.
Post # 9
- Wedding: December 1969 - City, State
I live in upstate NY, so plenty of fleas and ticks here. We’re in the woods several times a week, and I use a natural repellant on both of us (neem oil), and thorough checks when we get home. He’s a shorthair so it’s not difficult to see if something is crawling on him. I can’t imagine having to comb through a pups hair for hours!!
Post # 10
We use Bayer Seresto Flea and Tick Collar. I’ve had too many animals allergic to Frontline, etc. where they broke out and lost all their hair. So far no reactions.
Post # 11
I use Activyl (I’m in Australia so the brands might be different). Pugsley is an indoor dog and has never had fleas yet (fingers crossed…) but we use it monthly and he’ll soon be old enough to move up to the three month one.
Post # 12
Used Advantage 2 in Los Angeles for 4 years with no problem (after dog got fleas the first time, didn’t realize it was necessary here), switched to comfortis recently and have been on it for 3 month with no problems (my dog has severe allergies, vet recommended the switch to rule out flea allergy).
In Northern Colorado, all 3 dogs growing up never had flea meds and never got fleas/ticks (10+ years)
I’ve also used Advantage 2 on my kitties for 2 yrs with no ill effects.
Post # 13
I agree with PPs to be extremely careful about over-the-counter flea meds that don’t require a vet’s prescription. I’ve heard some horror stories online. We live on a state park where DH works as a park ranger, so fleas and ticks are a huge deal. I double up our pups with Sentinel flavor tabs, which protect against heartworms, fleas, and other internal parasites, once per month and keep Seresto collars on them. The collars protect against fleas and ticks, and I consulted my vet to make sure it was perfectly safe to use both methods at once. I love the Sentinel tablets for how many things they cover, and the Seresto collars are absolutely essential for ticks. We have so many deer and woodland critters around that I would find ticks every day on our dogs before we got the collars. Now I maybe find one or two a week during peak tick season. That being said, most of my friends who use Seresto collars find absolutely no ticks, so we’re just an outlier being in such a high-risk tick area. I’ve also never had issues with fleas thankfully. I used to put topical flea repellents on my cat, but they didn’t work and I battled with fleas for months. I finally switched her to the Comfortis pill, and it worked brilliantly. So basically, I go for pills to prevent fleas over topical gels whenever possible.
Post # 14
We did k9 advantix for forever but we fleas continued to be an issue even during the winter. I switched my babies to bravecto, a pill they take once every 3 months & haven’t had a flea since! It’s expensive- about $40 per pill but worth every cent!!!
Post # 15
At first we used Frontline but it just wasn’t lasting long at all, so we switched to Nexguard and haven’t had any issues. Plus I like that it’s taken orally so she thinks it is a treat. Holding her down to do the front line drops was a nightmare, and then she’d go crazy rolling around on her back and just rubbed it off.