(Closed) What type of dog flea medication do you use?

posted 9 years ago in Pets
  • poll: What type of dog flea medication do you use?

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  • Post # 32
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    I think when talking about heartworm preventives you also have to realize that they cover inestinal parasites as well. Some products do this better than others, but its always advisable to routinely deworm your dog for intestinal parasites. Contrary to popular belief 90% of dogs will not have symptoms or see  intestinal parasites until they are sick or heavily burdened. The only parasites that you are likely to find in your dogs stool are tapeworms. Roundworms, hookworms, and whipworms are rarely seen in your dogs stool. Intestinal parasites also pose a zoonotic risk -ick. Heartworm & parasite prevention gets my vote year round and I live in Canada.

    Revolution really is not a great product for dogs In My Humble Opinion -if you look at the statistics it really only covers roundworms & heartworm. Its tick claim is poor since it only does 1 kind of tick and a twice monthy dosing. Moreover, the medication used for fleas has a slow absorbtion rate in dogs -this has to do with the slow rate of absorbtion through dogs skins into their blood stream, in cats it works well. If you look at the data it takes Revolution an average of 3 days to reach a dogs blood stream which leaves alot of time for fleas to move in. It also only lasts for 28 days…so if you’re applying monthly theres a few days for fleas to creep in. The pros to this product is that its easy to apply, safe for use around kids and cats, and does not wash off like advantage.

    Post # 33
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

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    @abbyful:

    I’ve always found your posts very helpful and dead on 🙂

     

    I try to avoid chemicals also.. I have used Advantage in the past when we had a flea problem and it worked great.

    Post # 34
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I’m probably a bit of a hippie, I personally prefer to use intermittent food-grade diatomaceous earth rather than routine worming medication. I don’t like using a lot of chemicals on my dogs when not really necessary. (And thankfully my vet is of the same mindset. “First, do no harm.” He doesn’t do Lyme vaccine unless the person is frequently traveling to high-risk areas; and he’s had Lyme himself so he is quite familiar with the repercussions. He doesn’t recommend bordetella as a routine vaccine either, only when required by boarding facilities. Etc. Some vaccines and treatments he strongly advises for, but others he recommends against most owners getting them for their pets. (And if you’re wondering, he’s not a holistic or naturopath vet.))

    I do believe dog owners should have blood (at a minimum heartworm & lyme test) and fecal tests run at a minimum of once a year. Minimizing chemicals doesn’t mean haphazardly ignoring risks.

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