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lily
29th December 2006, 08:31 PM
how often is enough?? every 3 mths?? also even if a dog hasnt found to have fleas, would it be wise to treat them just to protect them anyway??

*Pauline*
30th December 2006, 12:11 AM
I think yes to both questions. Ask your vet too depending on your dogs age and size. :flwr:

Zippy
30th December 2006, 01:12 AM
We've always used "flea control" products and have never had any fleas on our doggies.

Better to avoid them than to try getting rid of them.

Besides, it wouldn't be very nice for the doggies! :flwr:

WoodHaven
30th December 2006, 01:25 AM
I only use flea control when needed. In 6 years we've never had the need. I don't like to prophylactically use toxins-- too many autoimmune issue have been brought to our attention. fwiw

arasara
30th December 2006, 02:06 AM
I think it's only wise to do flea control when necessary. I don't know where you're from, but here it's only really recommended for 6 months (the warmer months) out of the year. ;)

lily
30th December 2006, 10:24 AM
thanks for replies.... i will worm her every 3 mths & when i take her to be spayed in jan i'll ask the vet about treating fleas.. :flwr:

Karlin
30th December 2006, 06:41 PM
Some of the flea products that you put on shoulders also worm so just make sure you aren't doing more than is needed. Dogs are more prone to worms in their first year -- I am not convinced they need regular worming after that as this is a strong dose of chemicals and much of the literatuie says that adult healthy dogs are pretty resistent to worm problems. I tend to worm maybe once a year, mainly because I usually have stray kittens in foster at least once during the summer and they will usually have fleas and worms. Same for fleas -- maybe once or twice a year. Most flea products now last 3-4 months. The shoulder treatments are considered by most to be much preferable to the old collar-style treatments.

Barbara Nixon
30th December 2006, 07:31 PM
I worm with Drontal , every thremonths, but don't like flea treatments. I've been lucky never to have a flea infested dog in 35 years, but did have to do teddy, on the vet's recommendation, incase his allergy was to fleas. It has proved not to be, but i'm having, reluctantly to use a flea/mite spray, because he has come up as allergic to dust mites.