All of my dogs have been on Sentinel for years. I haven't had a flea problem in I honestely don't remember when. About 6 weeks ago we got new neighbors and fleas. I doubt this is a coincidence. More about them another time. Last week we started noticing the fleas. It's really odd. They don't leave the dogs. They're not in the house or anything. Just to be safe we sprayed the yard, especially along the fence line. Well, of course it has literally been raining every day since then. I have been picking them off the dogs. Since I'll be getting the puppy next week I want to make sure they are gone by then. So, I decided today all the dogs were getting baths, even if it's in the rain. The point of course, to get rid of the fleas, not because the dogs are dirty. Now, 2 questions. Does anyone know why the Sentinel is suddenly not working? I know this was mentioned on another thread. If the fleas have become immune to it I really don't know what to do. My next question is can some recommend a really good flea shampoo that I can pick up at petsmart or petco? I really need to do this today.
Wow, first time I see someone who's name is the same as my puppy, Macy.
bellas, how did you come up with this name? This is how I came up with this name. I was driving and I wanted to name my puppy, kind of a fancy name, so I thought about the name of the stores, and right away came the name Macy, so that's how I got my puppies name.
Hi Gina, I use a spray on my pets, right after I bath them with the shampoo for fleas and ticks. But the spray is the thing that help, shampoo don't do anything. Without the spray I see fleas and ticks on my dogs, but once I sprayed the chemical on them, the fleas dies and I don't see them no more unless they come on, but dies right-a-way. The name of the spray is by "Hartz" 2-1 Flea n Ticks Dog Spray, it's in a all light blue bottle. This really works, I found this at Petsmart. You can try it and see if it works. But make sure you get the spray onto their skin, so if your dogs have long hair, you have to spray on their skin, and underneath them as well, and get some on the ears, cause that's where the ticks love to be. You can rubb in on their ears with your hand, I wouldn't spray their ears though. I hope this helps.
As I wrote in the last thread that hartz was toted as good it is not.
Anyone who is knowledgable would tell you to run. Please don't use it on your pets. Hartz uses harsher out of date ingredients from other companies expiered patents. While better companies use safer chemicals and ones that work better, hartz does not.
Google them. You'll find more about dead pets and seizures than you will about where one purchases it. Oi.
I live in North Texas and we are having a severe drought, and this year the fleas are horrible,and the only thing i've ever used is Advantage, and even in harsh conditions, it still works as well as in the years we had lot's of rain. It seems to work no matter what..Worth the money. BTW isn't Dawn dishsoap a little harsh on the dog's coat?
Bio Spot is bad? Damn. Of course this was yesterday and the vet was closed. I didn't know what else to get. I knew to stay away from Hartz, but the bio spot sounded good. Well, Lady is going to the vet tomorrow morning and I will ask him about revolution. Thanks for the tip. I wish I knew why the sentinel stopped working.
I already used the biospot yesterday. They are all fine, so I guess it's ok. I wish I had know before.
If the biospot didn't do anything bad yesterday I'm sure she is fine. I just wouldn't keep using it myself. A few peopel have posted how great it is.. But a lot of us know what is in it. I'm sure she's fine as long as you don't use it monthly or anything, you know?
As I wrote about it isn't that the sentinal is not working, it's that it doesn't deter fleas from landing on your dog, only sterilizes the ones who bite the dog..
So the ones who bite can't reproduce, but they are in your home for the life cycle of the flea..
i havent had a flea problems in years ...... but i use the k-9 advantix for the ticks. i like it alot because it actually repels fleas, ticks and mosquitoes.
like mafia said ... sentinel doesnt kill fleas it only makes them sterile. what it actually does is prevents the flea baby from developing the breaking tooth it needs to break out of its shell .... so it cannot hatch.
we carry revolution but we rarely if ever dispense it.
Ok, I feel dumb, but are you saying that all these years we haven't had fleas and the sentinel was working and now that our wonderful *note the sarcasm* new neighbors brought fleas with them the fleas would come to my dogs but wouldn't be able to reproduce another batch? But then as long as the neighbors don't control their fleas I would still have a problem right?
Edit: Oh, and thanks mafia. I would never have used it if I had known there was anything controversial about it. I won't use it again. It's been over 24 hours and they are fine, so I am guessing a one time bath won't do any hard.
***Edited By: Gina on 7/6/2006 12:40:09 AM*** Reason: add
NP Gina.. From all I've read the bad side effects are fairly immediate, you would have been back on with a problem if one happened, so I'm sure you have nothing to worry about (sorry if I scared you though) It bugs me to see people push the over the counter crappier products is all, even if they do work for some people... Though most people just don't know they are less safe products.. I'm sure your dog is going to be just fine.
This is my second summer with a dog and last summer we used sentinal. I never saw a flea until september.. and then it was seemingly a problem for the fact I was picking off about 12 at a time..
They never over ran the house- since they were coming in on the dog they were biting her (or in some cases me, which really sucked) But we were drownign them in the tub with dawn along with the sentinal sterilizing the majority of them.. Got fairly cold maybe 4 weeks later (I'm in ontario..) and the problem had to end, but it was weeks of paronoia trying to control them.
I've been told this season is looking bad for fleas.. It could be just that.. It could be your neighbours pets have a rampant flea problem and maybe you should look into some of the safer ways to treat your yard.
Again Thanks. I am in South Texas and it is hot year round. We get no snow/ice. Well, it snowed year before last and before that it had been since 1972 lol. So it's an ongoing thing here, we have to keep the heartworm prevention year round too. I hear it has been worse this year though. As for my neighbors, I admit I could be wrong, but it seems funny that we still had no fleas until shortly after they moved in. I'm going to ask the vet today.