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Wed Apr 10, 2019, 10:21 PM

Flea meds for dogs

What do you all use for flea treatment for your doggies? I’ve been using bravecto, which works great, but I’m concerned about the seizure side effects. My Harley has had an episode that mr b and I thought could be seizurly, so I don’t want to take any chances.

Frontline is an appetizer for the fleas...so we don’t really know what to get.


Thanks

L

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Reply Flea meds for dogs (Original post)
Boadicea Apr 2019 OP
RCW2014 Apr 2019 #1
Boadicea Apr 2019 #2
RCW2014 Apr 2019 #3
imwithfred Apr 2019 #4
Boadicea Apr 2019 #6
Ruby Apr 2019 #5
Boadicea Apr 2019 #7
It Guy Apr 2019 #8
drunk_teddy Apr 2019 #9

Response to Boadicea (Original post)

Wed Apr 10, 2019, 10:36 PM

1. I hate all of the chem based products but heartworm prevention is a evil necessity.

For fleas/ticks I've had good results with diatomaceous earth.

We had the stuff around the house for decades because that is the filtering medium for our inground pool filter that had to be replaced several times throughout the season.

When living in Texas my vet mentioned the stuff when I was having a huge flea issue with the bay house I bought. I never knew, went to Walmart and bought a 10 pound bag of the stuff located in the pool supply section. Worked great and chem free.

Down side is, it is dusty like flour so best to treat your critters right before they can play outside for awhile.

The pet sections now sell the stuff for 5x the price you pay if you buy it in the pool supply section of a big box store. The will try to convince you there is a difference but DE is DE and I've always used the pool filter grade.

Great for a chem free treatment for garden bugs too.

Seach on diatomaceous earth for fleas to learn more.

We load up our pets with way too many chemicals and vaccines just to make a profit for the vets and manufacturers, imo.

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Response to RCW2014 (Reply #1)

Wed Apr 10, 2019, 10:42 PM

2. Thanks!

Someone else told me it was good as a yard treatment as well and wouldn’t hurt bees. I hate the pills we have to give her, but she’s an inside dog and we would be eat up with fleas without treatment. I have woods behind my house, so TONS of ticks.

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Response to Boadicea (Reply #2)

Wed Apr 10, 2019, 10:49 PM

3. Just about time for the ticks around here other than our late spring. Down to one

Chihuahua now and have my shaker can of DE at the ready.

He doesn't mind getting sprinkled with that but if you have to remove a tick, get out the heavy leather gloves or you're going to come out bleeding.

He's a love bug until he realizes you're doing "something" out of the ordinary to him...

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Response to Boadicea (Original post)

Thu Apr 11, 2019, 12:20 AM

4. This pertains to cats, which might or might not be applicable to dogs.

I use Frontline on cats, and no other anti-flea remedy. Just Frontline. It works well, especially considering the circumstances under which they live (allowed in and out of the house at will, near a river on one side and not far from a creek on another side, lots of trees and waist-high flora).

I was illuminated, when I first started handling cats, that they should only always be given one sort of flea remedy, no mixing. One sort of flea remedy for as long as they live, no changes.

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Response to imwithfred (Reply #4)

Thu Apr 11, 2019, 11:40 AM

6. Thanks. The fleas in my back yard laugh at Frontline.

We used it for years on my Moby, but somehow, the fleas built up a tolerance and it does not kill them at all. I loved the Bravecto, it works well, but we are going to have to change to something else.

I didn't know that about cats and flea meds. That's good to know. Thanks

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Response to Boadicea (Original post)

Thu Apr 11, 2019, 08:52 AM

5. Seresto collars. Theyre the best thing going.

$60 and it lasts for 8 months. Awesome for both fleas and ticks.

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Response to Ruby (Reply #5)

Thu Apr 11, 2019, 11:40 AM

7. Thanks. I will look into that.

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Response to Boadicea (Original post)

Thu Apr 11, 2019, 02:07 PM

8. Just a side note.

If you’re also giving your dog heart worm medication from the vet, it’s fairly expensive, especially if you have two Rottweilers like I had.

I was given a tip years ago to get Ivermectin for bovine use. You measure it with a 3/10 insulin syringe by weight of dog. For example; my dogs weighed 110lbs and 130lbs. So I’d give 1.1 and 1.3 units respectively by injecting a hotdog.

One bottle @ $30 will last a lifetime for both dogs and it’ll save you a bundle.

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Response to Boadicea (Original post)

Thu Apr 11, 2019, 07:15 PM

9. Agent Orange n/t

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