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Old 09-29-2011, 06:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a 5 month old toy poodle and she got fleas from a park outing a couple of months ago. I went out and bought Frontline monthly flea protection and it doesn't seem to be working well I still see active fleas on her before the month is over. Anyone have a recommendation for a more effective flea protection brand?

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The past 2 to 3 years I have had grooming clients who are regular Frontline users come in with fleas. They have no idea why. I do. Zombie fleas.

Seriously though, I think every few years the flea population becomes immune to the formula or something. I have been recommending K9 Advantix 2 to my customers. It kills and repels, which not all flea and tick products do. It can also be used on a freshly groomed dog. Unlike Frontline which needs to be applied 3 days before or 3 days after a bath, Advantix just needs to be put on a dry coat. I use K9 Advantix on my spoo and she comes to work with me and never had an issue bringing home any fleas.
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Old 09-30-2011, 12:38 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I use Advocate and have never seen a flea. It doesn't work on ticks, but it does work on lungworm, which is a bigger worry for me than ticks.

I think Frontline is plagued with resistance problems.
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i started using Revolution this year. It is a combo for fleas AND it also takes the place of heartworm pill as it does both. I've been happy with it.

Benefits:
Protects your pet from heartworms and fleas
Fights both internal and surface parasitic infections
Treats Sarcoptic mange in dogs
Treats and controls ear mites
Controls American Dog Tick infestation
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I love comfortis. Its a monthly pill that I give my dogs and it works great. If you have a lot of fleas and do NOTHING except comfortis, it will remove the fleas in 3 months.
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I too use Advocate, I tried frontline but Panda still had fleas (our flat was invested when we moved in!) Advocate worked very quickly along with using staykill and advantage house spray (the staykill ruined some paint though and doesnt seem to dry well and leaves a smell for hours but seemed to work better)
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A nice natural spray that also works is this: Take 6 to 8 lemons, slice each lemon in 12 pieces or so and put in a pot. Add just enough water to cover and boil at low until it cooks down and becomes thin -- the entire lemon, peel, etc. Once it is all broken down, strain it and pour the liquid into a spray bottle and keep in the refrigerator. My holistic vet told me about it as an added preventitive and it works for people too. A nice plus is that if the dog licks it off, it is ok. It does really keep the insects off, too, after rains, and such (mosquitos).
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comfortis. i've only had to treat my five dogs twice this year. and today was the second time. it lasted almost 2 months.
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Naena, Frontline does NOT work here, either. I see you are in Los Angeles, so not far from me. I guess the fleas are becoming immune. Also, Frontline always messes up poodle hair because it is oily.

Advantage works super well and once it's dry it doesn't leave an oily spot. I see no reason to spend the extra money on Advantix Plus as we don't have ticks except in the mountains. Unless you live in the foothills or mountains around LA, don't bother spending the extra money for the Advantix. I did buy it once and it worked fine. When I take my pup to the mountains I do a tick sweep when we get back anyway, which has been sufficient for us. In some areas of the country the extra protection from Ticks might be as important as the fleas.

My last poodle always had a reaction for a day after using Advantage on her, so some poodles are sensitive. I tried not to use it, but my current standard has no reaction at all, couldn't care less when I drip it on her. She has no fleas and it lasts about 5-6 weeks for us. I had my dog groomed today and she had no fleas and it's been 5 weeks since I last used it. I plan to put one more treatment on for October and then stop until March next year.

I don't like using these chemicals on my dogs, but it is the only thing that keeps them totally flea free. I do think fleas in different areas of the country are susceptible to different treatments. What works her in the LA area may not work as well in the South, for example. Comfortis sounds interesting and worth a try, but I've such good luck with Advantage I haven't bothered to switch.

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I use nothin' most of the year. I just feed a high quality (raw) diet and gice regular baths. My dogs go to dog parks, vets, groomers and haven't picked up flees. The only time I use any preventative is when I must use Frontline for ticks - maybe twice a year?
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