I just put Advantage on my puppy a week ago (proper weight amount) and I caught him nipping himself, and upon closer inspection I found 6 fleas! Why is this happening? I bought it from the vet thinking it was healthier and that it would actually work. I followed all of the instructions and he still managed to get fleas. Should I go back and get another treatment? Should I try another brand? Please let me know what to do.
Did your dog already have flea before you used Advantage?
I would not put anything else on your dog right now. I'm not sure how often you are suppose to apply Advantage but Frontline is to be applied once a month. I would not take the risk of applying another tube if you just did it a week ago.
Sometimes flea become more active right before they die after the treatment is applied. Or the fleas you are seeing are ones that hatched before Frontline was applied.
I'm a technichian and we sell Advantage at my clinic. I reccommend Frontline. Advantage kills fleas but it does not kill flea eggs. So what probably happened was those fleas on your dog now were eggs when you applied the Advantage. For up to a month the Advantage will kill them you just have to gove them time to bite and die. Frontline on the other hand kills flea eggs, larvae and adult fleas and ticks. The down side to buying frontline is it is a prescription drug and it is required that you dog stay up tp date on shots. If you aren't willing to do that then you can only buy Advantage. If your pup is up tp date though go back in a month (you have to wait a month to apply another flea treatment) and pick up spme Frontline. It's going to cost a little more but it's well worth it
I was able to purchase Frontline at Petco. I didn't need a prescription for it or have to get it from a vet. They actually have it under lock and key at Petco and you have to ask an associate to get it for you. And yes, it is expensive. I think I paid $80 for 2 different sizes because of my dogs weight.
I don't know what the laws are where Ditto is but here that is not the case. Frontline is not prescription. Revolution is, as it also controls heartworm, and your dog must be heartworm negative before you use it.
What is probably happening is that there are fleas in your house or yard, and new ones keep hopping on your dog. You need to call the exterminator or board your dog for a day while you flea bomb your house and then spray your yard.
Fleas go through a larval stage and then also a phase where they are in a cocoon thing, so even if you get rid of every adult flea, in a week you will have a complete fresh crop of them. It makes them hard to get rid of overnight. You have to keep at them.
Frontline PLUS is NOT a prescription product (in the US at least)- nor does it kill eggs in the environment. Neither product (no spot on produce, in fact) can deal with a true infestation in the environment.
Advantage works slightly faster than Frontline at killing adult fleas- a big plus in my book, tho- as fleas are a nightmare in the hot SE and every minute one's alive on your pet- it can be biting. :(
Yes- and Advantage does not have an effect on eggs- but does kill pupae- which quite frankly, is just as good. An egg has to go through that stage before becoming a biting flea. ;)
Both do a decent job of managing small flea populations- but neither can handle a huge infestation on it's own, as the treated dog has to come in contact with affected areas to "treat" for the eggs/pupae. If there are already fleas present- it's best to treat the home and yard first.
Thanks, I'm saving that one in case I need it. I don't use any flea product since I am highly suspicious of chemicals, esp. on my small dog. So far, I have never had a flea infestation or even spotted one flea when combing, but I am always on the lookout.
Do you not have Revolution where you are? that product is similar to Advntage, but does kill eggs. I actually like advantage more than revolution.Both my dog have had skin reactions to revolution. I only use these products when there is a problem.I don't believe in treating something that is not there. When your pet is on these products, they still can get biten, but the flea would soon die.
I use Advantage and love it. Last year I switched to Advantix because of me moving to the country and we were seeing ticks. I have used Frontline and it didn't work for me. I know it works for some but I like the results of Advantix better.
I havent got time to read everyones reply so i dont know if you already know this (but i gotta go to work &dont have time).If you can get it,cause around here my vet is the only one who carries it,there is a Frontline spray not the topical stuff you put between the shoulders but a spray on and it is the only thing i will use.My other dog was infested with fleas one time and i used that.Within 3 days there was not a single flea ANYWHERE.You spray 1-2pumps per lbs of the dog/cat and you do it once a month.A kitten that we had got when we moved had fleas so bad when i bathed him it looked like something you would see on animalcops.I sprayed him with the frontline and when i got up in the morning and was giving my morning"hellos" to the cats you could just stand there and see thousands of fleas running for cover and just falling off this poor cat(and dying).the floor under the a.c. in the kitchen where he was laying had little black specs everywhere.In a few days there was not a flea to be seen.I am flea free ever since we started using this spray.It is also a tick prevenative.
All the years I have owned dogs I never used anything on them for fleas except give them Brewers Yeast and Garlic pills every day. Now some will argue the fact that all dogs get fleas but my dogs never had them.
Then last year I noticed both of my dogs had fleas. Let me tell you, I was in panic mode. I was picking them off of my boxer because they were easily seen in her white fur, I put both dogs in the tub and washed them to get the fleas off, I did the white sock test to see if the fleas were in the carpeting, spinkled table salt in the carpets and washed all of their blanket in hot water. Then I went to the pet store and bought Frontline. You would not believe the people in the store buying it and they too said the same thing - their dogs never had fleas. Last year was a bad time for fleas, that's why dogs who never had them before were getting them.
Frontline worked great and my dogs were flea free in a few days.
ditto2,the frontline spray is a perscription?wow,i get it over the counter at my vets office and like i said though she is the ONLY place around here i can find the spray.It's $50.00 a bottle and its not a very big one either.
On its "vaccines"? My dogs only get Rabies boosters every three years, after their initial distemper (non-Lepto) combo and parvo vacs.
Vaccines (aside from Rabies) in an adult dog are a highly charged subject. I wouldn't give a vet who insisted that I cater to his vaccination schedule- or wouldn't sell me an OVER THE COUNTER flea protection product- a single penny!
The FDA determines whether a drug is prescription or not- the FEDERAL drug administration. Kentucky falls under the same rules as everyone else. If your vet LIES to clients (and staff?)- that's just shameful.
But, hey- you now that you know- you can suggest that patients order it OTC online. PetcareRX is a trustworthy pharmacy: http://tinyurl.com/7ydtl Note that it's a non-prescription product. Or better yet- suggest that they find a better vet. ;)