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  • Anyone else noticing a sudden influx of fleas?

    My dogs were flea free all summer long, never really had an issue with them at all ever. Now, all of a sudden, they have fleas and not just a few, but a lot! My poor labby who already has allergies and scratches anyway even with medication is always at it now. We did go to war on them this past weekend and sprayed under all the furniture and the carpet, flea sprayed the dogs and cat, sprayed the yard, everywhere we could. Dog is still itching so I'm sure several treatments are going to be needed to totally eradicate them. A friend I talked to said he noticed it too, that they are just coming out of everywhere and other people who never had fleas are reporting cases.

    What's the best spot on flea killer? I think we have super fleas because Frontline doesn't even touch it. What works best?

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    Were they on any preventative this summer? Seresto has worked super for my crew, no fleas here.

    The feral cat I trapped for a neighbor sure was covered, though, to the point where he was mostly bald I treated with Revolution, but he still had A LOT of live ones a few days later at the vet, so he got dosed with Advantage II there, and that definitely cleared him up. Might be worth a shot for your guys, too?

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      Originally posted by 16 Hands View Post
      My dogs were flea free all summer long, never really had an issue with them at all ever. Now, all of a sudden, they have fleas and not just a few, but a lot! My poor labby who already has allergies and scratches anyway even with medication is always at it now. We did go to war on them this past weekend and sprayed under all the furniture and the carpet, flea sprayed the dogs and cat, sprayed the yard, everywhere we could. Dog is still itching so I'm sure several treatments are going to be needed to totally eradicate them. A friend I talked to said he noticed it too, that they are just coming out of everywhere and other people who never had fleas are reporting cases.

      What's the best spot on flea killer? I think we have super fleas because Frontline doesn't even touch it. What works best?
      A lot of people in our area have had issues with Frontline from what I have heard. Bravecto and Nextgard both worked wonders for my two dogs, you will need to add Heartgard on top of these. One of my friends swears by Trifexis for her two dogs and the indoor/outdoor cat get Revolution. Mine have not had fleas in years! I used to take them trail riding with me and I would pull dead or nearly dead ticks off but not once did I find a flea on any of them, cat included. All of these should be available in your area, if you are in the US.

      I have also used Soresto with success previously but prefer something that isn't topical, but that is just me. The only reason the cat doesn't get a pill is they don't make one, to my knowledge, that treats as much as Revolution.
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        My local farm supply sells the advantage II and the Seresto so I'll check both of them. No, they weren't on any flea preventative because until now, we didn't have fleas. Luna only started itching when she developed allergies out of the blue and the dog dermatologist also confirmed no fleas. Until I found a flea on me last week, did I look at the dogs and found them there too.

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          Regular Frontline no longer works here in Fl. only Frontline Gold and even then I have to alternate between that and Advantix II or K9 Advantage.

          It's an ongoing problem here so unless we get some seriously cold weather the fleas hang around.
          "There is no fundamental difference between man and animals in their ability to feel pleasure and pain, happiness, and misery." - Charles Darwin

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            If any of you are near a body of saltwater supposedly getting a dunking will kill fleas. It did seem to work for the cat.
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              I haven’t seen fleas on my dog in years. He’s lived in Florida, Connecticut and Virginia. We use vector 3D but will switch to soresto once I get through hos last shipment.

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                Originally posted by ReSomething View Post
                If any of you are near a body of saltwater supposedly getting a dunking will kill fleas. It did seem to work for the cat.
                ..... there's a story there, right? 😂😂😂

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                  Originally posted by Simkie View Post

                  ..... there's a story there, right? 😂😂😂
                  ha ha my thoughts exactly
                  Wouldst thou like the taste of butter and pretty dress? Wouldst thou like to live deliciously?

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                    Originally posted by ReSomething View Post
                    If any of you are near a body of saltwater supposedly getting a dunking will kill fleas. It did seem to work for the cat.
                    Yes, my son takes his dogs to the beach for swimming and it does get rid of the fleas. Actually even lake water will drown
                    them also. My rescue goes in the lake maybe once or twice a week and she is flea free for a few days.
                    "There is no fundamental difference between man and animals in their ability to feel pleasure and pain, happiness, and misery." - Charles Darwin

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                      How did the cat end up in the water? Enquiring minds want to know!

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                        Originally posted by tabula rashah View Post

                        ha ha my thoughts exactly
                        Me three...

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                          I don’t think any of the OTC flea medications are working as well as they used to. I keep hearing from clients that their animals still have fleas despite treating monthly with some OTC (Frontline, Advantage, etc). My dogs are on Trifexis monthly, which is a oral flea, internal parasite and heartworm preventative. For cats my favorite is Revolution which is a monthly topical internal parasite, heartworm and flea preventative.
                          "No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world."
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                          • #14
                            Same problem here. My poor old JRT is going crazy. He is on frontline because of previous reactions to other brands have left me terrified to try any of the new stuff. He already has seizures and multiple skin allergies. The Mutt mix isn’t too itchy, but I’ve seen the fleas on the wall and computer screen so I know they are about.

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                            • #15
                              I have always found that fleas are worse in the fall. I use Advantage II for the cats and Soresto collars for the dogs. My tenant found a 4 week old kitten earlier this summer and the vet gave him Capstar. He would have been too young for much else.
                              Frontline has not worked well in my area for a few years.
                              Oh, well, clearly you're not thoroughly indoctrinated to COTH yet, because finger pointing and drawing conclusions are the cornerstones of this great online community. (Tidy Rabbit)

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                                Frontline hasn't worked well here either in quite some time. I bought the Advantage II and we sprayed the house and yard and I think we got a handle on it before it got too over the top.

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