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Old 07-27-2012, 05:05 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I was talking to a Breeder the other day and she made a comment that Poodle rarely, if ever get fleas. That was news to me... I have been using Frontline on Carley, but if I don't need to, I'd rather not. Has anyone on here ever had a flea problem with their poodle? I know if I stop, I will have to check her daily for ticks, but that's a great trade off for not putting poision on my dog.
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I have a friend whose toy poodle got fleas while on vacation in south Carolina. So yes poodles can get fleas just like any other dog. My kids have an occasional one but we treat them and our yard to keep occurrence down.


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That was the 2nd breeder that has told me that poodles don't get fleas, both have breed and showed for over 20 years. The first time I heard it, I thought , sure your dogs never get out of your treated backyard, but after hearing it again, I thought maybe they could be right. Thanks!
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Oh they do get fleas, and when they do...YIKES! My son brought our Grand puppy here when they came for dinner, and they did not know it, but she had fleas. Before we knew it, we were over run with them. After hundreds of dollars on flea shampoo and three topical monthly treatments for everyone, we finally got things under control. BIG time nuisance!
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Poodles get fleas like any other dog...my own get one or two occasionally and I can't tell you how many need to have flea shampoo applied at work. Have you ever tried taking Carley off preventative? I don't have to use it. Like I said, mine only get one or two occasionally and that's usually after a rain or after a heavily infested dog comes in to be groomed and they are there. I don't think that small amount justifies heavy, expensive chemicals.
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I have let Carley go past time for her flea meds and I did notice her scratching, so she got the meds and it stopped. I know for sure that my shih tuz will get a few fleas without Frontline. I think it would be impossible to see a flea on Carley's thick , dark coat. I guess I will keep using Frontline. I will add that she is 50 lbs and I use a 40lb dose and it works fine. Thanks everyone. I figured that was the case, but was hoping ...
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When I got Riley he was INFESTED with fleas! It was terrible! I was so scared that my apartment would never be free of them if I even waited an hour...so I got online and searched for how to get rid of them!! I gave him a bath and then took him directly out on the porch and soaked him in a storage tub that I filled with dish soap and warm water! No more fleas and I was able to sleep easy!
About a week after that...vet visit and flea prevention!
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we use the thing from the vet -Vectra 3D, not the store, and it does not smell and is not a greasy mess... it repels and kills ticks, fleas, mosquitoes, etc... since we are in heavy lyme and something else territory, it just seems safer...
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We have goats next door and wild cats that the owner takes care of so fleas are a problem. I accidently forgot to put frontline back on Sandy and yep she got them. So now we are treating the yard and she's got frontline on. I felt bad seeing the little buggers on her.
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Two years ago we had a serious problem with fleas here in Houston. My husband was spraying the yard once a week (with a product that was supposed to kill fleas and ticks for 3 weeks per application) as well as treating the house and the two dogs. Poor little Sasha was scratching herself raw, I was even bathing her once a week. No matter what we did we couldn't get rid of them. We finally took them back to the vet and he dipped both of them in this horrible smelling stuff that I hope we never have to do again. We also used Capstar and then put them on Comfortis because NONE of the topical treatments the doctor had given us were working. Since then we have not had a problem. Knock on wood, I never want to go through that again!
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