Ok I have been using Frontline Plus but have still had fleas. Talk to me about the application of it. Maybe I'm doing it incorrectly.
I use it on both my dogs and both cats. I only put it on the nape of their necks but should I be running a line down their backs with it? The fleas seem to be mostly hiding there.....in and around their butts and under bellies.
Should I also be using brewers yeast and garlic tabs?
I just sprayed the inside of my house w/flea spray, too. I'm not infested by any means but I can't stand seeing ONE flea jump on me. That means he has more friends lurking by.....
I always make sure NOT to bathe within 3 or 4 days of application (before or after) and just apply between the shoulder blades. You have to make sure that it is directly on the skin, not applied to the coat.
I've used it for years, including the 2 labs we had and have never had any problems with fleas despite the san and undergrotwth behind our home.
Just a thought, but wanted to make sure that you know you have to treat your yard as well?
Flea & tick treatment is really more to kill any pest that jumps on and bites Fido. Pest dies, so they don't stick around and multiply.
***Edited By: pyrmom on 6/23/2006 9:13:32 AM*** Reason: **
I don't use ANY preventative, and have never had a problem with fleas. Maybe it is the ivermectin I give them as wormer. I don't know.
When I took in a rescue a few years ago, she was covered in fleas and a host of other parasites. The vet gave her a pill orally that killed them all with in an hour and then I believe revolution topically for the eggs.
Thank goodness we do not have fleas. Fleas and mosquitoes yes but no fleas. I do not put chemicals on my dogs. Used Frontline plus one time and had a very bad experience with it so from now on I would go with something holistic before I would use anything else.
Pyrmom- MI definately has fleas in the summer months. I remember as a social worker going in to homes with a lot of cats that you could see the fleas jumping every where, off furnture and carpeting.
I live on a sand hill too, I think the key is that I have never brought a dog in that had fleas to start the infestation, and boxers aren't the tastiest dog for fleas because their hair on most is super short.
The old breeder (she's in her 70's) who I purchased my yorkie from(lived in IN), also recommended not treating monthly because of their size she felt many illesses came from constantly putting 'poisons' on a 5 pound dog.
I use Program for my little dog-- and advantage on my cats and frontline on my big dogs. Works well even with the big dogs going in and out constantly. We live in Tx-- the fleas and ticks are BAAAAADDDDD here
your Pyrenees (sp) are awesome pyrmom, so that's where you got your nic from lol. Theyre in such great conditions. I will try frontline, i have used revolution and that is good but i took in a stray and it had ear mites and revolution is supposed to work for that but it didnt and my other dogs ended up with ear mites so i treated that problem with drops. i dont have fleas around the home but when i take them for a walk they seem to come home with the odd flea so i am trying to take preventative measure as i dont want to have a house ridden with fleas lol.
***Edited By: batman123 on 6/24/2006 2:29:50 AM*** Reason: correction
TY Batman~I use the Interceptor for H/W treatment and the Front Line Plus (not the regular Front Line). So far, knocking on the wood desk...no problems.
With all the hair around here, we'd be in a real mess if we had to contend with a flea infestation!
The worst case of flea infestation I have ever seen was my neighbor's house. Her cat passed away of old age. No pets for a few months. However, she started feeding feral cats in her back yard. Had about 35 of them before I called the ASPCA to trap them. I guess her yard was full of fleas, which were tracked into the house. They partied with those remaining from Golliath and VOILA! Fleafestation!
We treated our yard regularly because we live in S. Fl, had a dog Sheba (Black Lab) and had kids who played in the yard.
We walked in her front door and our legs looked like we were wearing black stockings! No kidding! Her carpets were FULL of them. ICKKKK
Fleas can live an unGodly length of time without "eating". Will go to the pets FIRST, but will suffer through attacking an unwary human when push comes to shove.
Like Minniyar, I'm the one that usually gets overlooked by all the nasty bitting critters, so you know it was bad when I came out of there looking like I was doing a flashback to the 60s with black, lace stockings!
She called a pest control company and we spent quite some time cleaning ourselves off before we entered our own yard. We still carried a few home, but used the Adam's Flea spray to hit the house (carpets, drapes, furniture, etc..) and got rid of them in short order. The regular preventative measures made sure that was the end of it.
Sorry! Didn't mean to write a book~lol. Just thinking about walking in that door and looking down at my legs and then looking at hubby and saying, "Oh my GOD, we're gonna' give Sheba fleas!"
***Edited By: pyrmom on 6/24/2006 5:24:02 AM*** Reason: *