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So here is my next chapter of this ongoing, and not so thrilling saga . . . Today I applied Frontline Plus to Gracie and Revolution to our cat, Sophie. This follows two previous applications of Vectra 3-D for Gracie. We have been dealing with this flea infestation for about 2 months now. We are currently finding no fleas or sign of fleas on the cat, and just an occasional flea on Gracie. I stopped using the Vectra because Gracie scratched and bit herself furiously following both applications of Vectra. I had previously stopped using Frontline because it appeared to have failed as Gracie got fleas, ticks, and a positive Lyme test. However . . . I am reading online and hearing from my vet that Frontline should be/can be applied every 3 weeks. Any thoughts on this? Is anyone applying topical flea/tick treatment in less than 30 day intervals? Looking forward to hearing your thoughts--Thanks!

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Comment by CJ, Gracie, and Quinn on May 13, 2016 at 5:54pm

BTW - An update on the Nexgard. I've stopped giving it to Quinn because they caution its use in dogs with a history of seizures and although Gracie has had no issues with it, I am now second-guessing continuing to use it with her as well. Problem is, we haven't come up with an alternative.

Comment by CJ, Gracie, and Quinn on May 13, 2016 at 5:51pm

I won't consider a collar because the dogs go on the furniture and they sleep with us and I don't like the idea of that coming into contact with our bedding or with our skin. I would probably use one short term though, and I've heard good things about the collar Soresto. Haven't heard anything about butt-collars!! Ha!

Comment by DonMarie & Picco on May 13, 2016 at 5:31pm

I bookmarked this post and now revisiting after a little research. I've read that fleas/ticks are becoming immune to some products in different areas so now I'm in contact with relatives that are finding out what the locals are using.  I've learned that ALL ticks & diseases are found there - Yikes!  Makes me scared to go at all - better get a case of DEET!  I've always wondered how effective flea collars are on larger dogs. Does it make to the tail?  Should I get too and strap one on his butt? 

Comment by CJ, Gracie, and Quinn on February 16, 2016 at 12:23pm

Funny, DonMarie, I just referred to this time period in my Quinn seizure post. I did continue to use Frontline Plus for awhile after this, and it proved itself again, to be ineffective against the ticks. I then switched to Advantix II, until Nexgard came along and I have been using Nexgard for almost 2 years now. Nexgard is systemic, a pill, and the tick does have to bite to be killed, but it is killed before it can pass on the disease. It is pricey, but we have found it to be very effective and I like that I don't have to worry about coming into contact with the oil spot that exists after initial application of the topical treatments. One thing our vet did suggest was a tick collar. I rejected it because I didn't want to have anything that I would come into contact with or that would constantly come into contact with a small area of Gracie's skin. Since you are looking for a short term application, it may be something you want to look into. Regardless of what you use, I would start it a month before you head out as most of these products need some time to start to take effectiveness.

Also, you may want to start a new post on this topic. I think this will show up only to those who initially responded. Even though I am happy with the Nexgard, I am interested to hear what others have to say. BTW, Nexgard is available only through a vet, but our vet offers it in as few or as many doses as desired. If you decide to try it, you may not have to purchase more than needed. 

Comment by DonMarie & Picco on February 16, 2016 at 11:00am

I'm heading to the woods of S.E. Missouri this summer and am concerned about tick protection.  This is an older blog and was wondering if anyone has any updates on products?  It looks like Frontline Plus is popular.  Has anyone had much success with essential oils such as  rose geranium?

Comment by Grace and Pemon The Gentle Giant on March 14, 2012 at 1:22pm

CJ I live in Florida and we seem to be O.K. with fleas and ticks.  It has been dry here, but Mark sprays our yard also.

Comment by Grace and Pemon The Gentle Giant on March 13, 2012 at 9:14am

Mitzi:  As previously mentioned I'm using k9 Advantx on Pemon.  We have not had a problem.  Also, you are suppose to put it on 4 or 5 different spots on their backs (where they can't reach it)  Don't put the whole tube on one place.

CJ you are correct, I just looked at my box of Advantix, but I already threw out the paper work from inside.      I know there is another brand called Advantage.  Maybe it was that one.  I'll check it out and let you know. 

Comment by CJ, Gracie, and Quinn on March 12, 2012 at 8:19pm

Hi Grace - I happen to have an Advantix II package here and on the outside it says "apply monthly." Not sure what it says on the paperwork inside. I decided to give the Frontline a shot again because it is slightly less toxic than Advantix--hopefully NOT to the fleas and ticks though!

 

Mitzi--I hate to say it, but I don't think there's a non-chemical treatment that will really work. Not if you live in an area where fleas and/or ticks are a problem. That wasn't always the case, but our world is changing and we are creating super bugs. Just like the flu viruses--they develop a resistance. Anyone live in Florida? I read an article online that talked about Florida's "super fleas" and how they are becoming resistant to previously effective treatments. We had an extremely mild winter here. During one of my classes, a handler found two ticks on his dog and it was FEBRUARY. That's unheard of. Everyone around here is aniticpating a horrific summer of fleas and ticks. I love summer, but am not looking forward to the battle.

Comment by Mitzi, Sunny Ray and Justan on March 12, 2012 at 1:01pm

I'm soaking up the information :)

I do NOT currently have Sunny or Justan on any flea prevention, as our season is just getting ready to start. (UGH!) I am so worried about what I put on the dogs and try not to put anything on them that could harm them in any way. Last year my vet prescribed k-9 advantix for Sunny because he was so young. He dug at his skin till it was raw (where we applied the medicine). I've used Frontline on Justan in the past, with good results, but would prefer to go with less chemicals for both of them.

Which medication has the least side effects? Is there a "best" one?

Comment by Grace and Pemon The Gentle Giant on March 11, 2012 at 12:56pm

CJ  I thought I read on my package of K9 Advantix II that you can repeat in 2 weeks after use.  And I know I   did at one point.  Pemon, thank heavens has never had a bad flea problem.  How big is Gracie?

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