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    Quote Originally Posted by moniechris
    I have been having so many issues with Frontline. My vet agrees that it seems to be losing its "oomph" because he is constantly having clients complain about its ineffectiveness. Purhaps the Florida fleas are growing immune...

    I have been using Advantage and that has been working really well. It doesn't protect against ticks, but I have never seen one on ANY of my dogs (all my life) so I am not too concerned.

    Because Advantage comes off after a bath, I use a pill called Capstar, which kills every flea on their body within 4 hours and last for 24 hours. I give them this when I bathe them and let the oils reaccumulate on their body before I put on the Advantage. It works really well and only costs $3 a pill from my vet.
    Our dogs take Sentinel heart/flea monthly. Vet gave us Capstar when we mentioned we still had quite active fleas. No help for us...

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    We use Interceptor from the vet. It is a chewable tablet and my girls think it is a treat. THey even do tricks to get it every month!
    Mom to Harley & Carley (7months)

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    Can you get Stronghold over in the US? I have found this to be far more effective than Frontline lately.

    I don't like using chemicals on my boys but it's either that or them being attacked by ticks

    I would never use Advantix on any animal again after a locum Vet used it on my cats (both now at the Bridge) when they were 6mth old kittens. They ended up on IV drips at the Vets surgery & we almost lost them both

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    Jean: How frequently do you bathe your babies? My vet told me that whenever you bathe them, the frontline becomes unaffective for the next 24 hours because the oils that contain the medication are washed away. The oils return (because the frontline stays deeper within the skin) the next day, but during that time they are left open to flea bites (which is a major bummer if they have allergies like my Wesley).

    Whenever I bathe them is when I give the capstar, then the next day they should be fine. It is a constant struggle here to get the fleas under control.

    Also, I don't know how much your cavies weigh, but if they are in the 20lb range, it may be better to go up to the next dose (for both the Frontline and the Capstar). That has really helped as well Good Luck!! I know this stinks!!
    I love my Wesley, Cody, Zoey & Stewie

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    Quote Originally Posted by WoodHaven
    With Frontline that is a liquid applied between the shoulder blades-- you might ask the vet to help you buy the larger size- and have him show you how to disperseit with a tuberculin syringe. Some vets try to work with people that have multiple dogs.
    The breeder of Sonny & Beau got me onto this idea and it is so very much cheaper.

    I buy the giant breed Frontline. I draw up the correct amount using a needle & syringe (a diabetes needles & syring is perfect). I then pull off the needle & cap it for next time, then apply to the shoulder using the syringe. I get 6 doses out of one large pipette and that makes it about 1/4 of the cost of buying the correct sized pipettes.

    You can still do this even if you only have 1 dog. Just place some sticky tape over the puncture hole in the pippette. Position the pippette in the fridge oriented so the contents can't ooze out of the hole and next time you need to draw some up, just go through the same needle hole.
    ~ Sam, Sonny & Beau ~

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    I treat six dogs, my three, my mother's one, my son's two, and to make sure all are treated I buy the heart and flea treatments. With this many dogs I must be thrifty so I buy the large size of Frontline plus and divide the dose up per dog. I also get a prescription for heartgard and buy it from Fosters and Smith. I think I figured the cost for both heart and fleas treatment a month and it is about three dollars per dog a month. I used to use the Frontline spray instead of the kind that goes on the back of the neck and it works great and if you purchase it on line it is about 21.00 and it goes a long way(some people find it a little messy if the dogs hair is real thick and long. It is fine for my cavalier but messy with my full coated shih tzus. I have found many items that can be purchased at the vet are almost half the cost on line but I am very careful where I order. If I were wealthy and could start all over again with my education, I would become a vet and focus on helping the eldery care for their animals. I sit in the vet"s office and watch these eldery people come in and try to pay for their vet bills knowing they may be sacrificing their medical needs to pay for their animals. It breaks my heart, so I try to find ways to save and past it on to others.
    PAM SMITH
    Rudy((Blenheim Cav), Lizzie and Toby(Shih tzus)

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    Does anyone use Revolution? That's what my vet recommended to us - it contains heartworm, flea, tick, and worm preventatives all in one.
    Teri....mom to Bella, Sofi, Riley (kitty), Cooper (kitty), and Kitsy (kitty)

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    Just worth a mention, I spent an hour with my vet yesterday discussing what to wormers to use given the liklehood of lungworm in my garden, he mentioned that the use of Milbemax and Frontline together is lethal so take care when buying things like frontline online where there isn't the warnings you might get from the experience of a vet

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    Quote Originally Posted by IsabellaBugatti
    Does anyone use Revolution? That's what my vet recommended to us - it contains heartworm, flea, tick, and worm preventatives all in one.
    I'm majoring in Animal Science in college and am taking a parasitology class. My professor (who is very well known in the parasitology field) said that Revolution was about as useful as "mammary glands on a bull".

    I also have the newest "Pfizer Atlas of Veterinary Clinical Parasitology" book from Pfizer Animal Health, so if anyone has any questions, I might be able to help! It contains info on both internal and external parasites!

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    Maxxs Mummy,

    My vet won't even offer Advantix. One dog uses Advantage. I really like that. It's not supposed to work on ticks, but she never has them on her, and we do have them in our area during the warmer weather. Scout used Frontline, that seems ok.
    Sharon, proud Mom of Scout (tri) and Breeze (Newfie)

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