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Hi Everyone,

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 March 10, 2012 at 5:12pm

Ahh . . . now I remember . . . the ingredient in Heartguard. I am using Interceptor for Gracie and the Revolution for Sopie both kills the fleas and takes care of the parasites.

Comment by CJ, Gracie, and Quinn on March 10, 2012 at 5:06pm

I know; fleas are bad, and I know we have a cycle that we need to break. I don't believe we would have gotten into this situation if we had been treating our cat all along. She is an indoor only cat and up until two months ago, we weren't treating her. We have never had a flea infestation--there didn't seem to be a reason to--we were wrong. No matter how hard I try or how long I look, I can almost never find a flea on Gracie and I'm not finding any at all on Sophie. She is quite old and we never see her groom herself anymore, so I don't think she's licking them off. There is also no flea dirt to be found on either one, so I'm pretty sure the fleas that do emerge are not staying alive long enough to poop! I know it's going to take at least 3 months, but I'm hoping we can break the cycle with lots of vacuuming and the topical flea applications. It's still too cold here to open the house, but if we haven't elimintated the problem by the time it warms up in 6-8 weeks, when I can keep the windows open to circulate the air in the house, I will spray in the house. Don't know what Ivermectin is--I'll Google it! Thanks!

Comment by Lois - Izzi on March 10, 2012 at 1:19pm

I'm not but I don't have your flea problem.. 

Several years ago we had a load of sand dumped on our property that was filled with 'sand fleas' and that became an issue that I relate to your problem.  I bought flea dip from a local feed store and bathed the dogs from head to toe.  !st application was followed within 10 to 14 days.  Killing both adult and eggs.  At thh same time I sealed all bedding in plastic bags and trashed. Set off smoke bombs in different rooms in the house, leaving the house the house for several hours. then opened all the windows after I returned...  Seconded application within life cycle of fleas was repeated. (I even dipped the cat.)  All lived happily ever after.  lol     Every month I used Ivermectin that can still be purchased in a tube as opposed to taste chunks, both cats and dogs.  

I understand the 'chemical' issue, but fleas are a greater and more serious danger to health.

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