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Old 11-26-2012, 01:26 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I don't use any chemicals on my animals. I do give Bug Off Garlic for 6 months of the year but that is to keep ticks off of Rafi. I keep on top of fleas by giving him baths in a NEEM shampoo and spraying him with NEEM spray. This summer I didn't even find one flea on him. And in 10 years of using the Bug Off (with 6 different dogs) I have only found 2 ticks total.
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Old 11-26-2012, 09:17 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Unfortunately in the bug ridden South, those things really don't work. Wish they did here as I don't like chemicals either
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Old 11-26-2012, 09:22 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Depends on where the OP is from. If you are up in northern USA or somewhere else pretty cold then the homeopathic way might work. If the OP is from the south any where those homeopathic ways arent going to work for anything. ...
So true, unfortunately.
In the past I used frontline but the last few years it has not worked as well. Advantage seems to still do the trick. A friend has recommended buying organic spinosad and dosing, but I have no idea the safety or dosing (although it would be WAY cheaper than Comfortis).

I just ordered generic Capstar from littlecitydogs.com
Super price and it worked.
Note- it only kills adults fleas on the pet for 8-24 hours.
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Old 11-26-2012, 09:30 AM   #14 (permalink)
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I used Frontline for years but it seemed to stop working about a year ago. The Advantix didn't seem to work very well for me either. Now I'm using Trifexis for fleas and heartworm. It does not cover ticks but during tick season I use a Preventic collar. The homeopathic stuff doesn't really seem to keep up in the south.
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Old 11-26-2012, 11:34 AM   #15 (permalink)
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I just ordered generic Capstar from littlecitydogs.com
Super price and it worked.
Note- it only kills adults fleas on the pet for 8-24 hours.
Capstar is excellent but only in cases where the dog isn't going back into a flea-infested area.
For the rare fleas we get here (foster dogs bring them in occasionally), if we realize they have fleas, we treat with Capstar, if we didn't realize they had them until a day or so has gone by we treat everyone with the Biospot but I understand it has lost effectiveness in some areas.
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Old 12-06-2012, 11:45 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Ok, for the last several months Ace has been dealing with fleas. I give him Frontline Plus once a month and it doesn't seem to be doing anything. I've bought three different type of expensive shampoos for fleas and that doesn't work. I've used Capstar and that doesn't work. I started using Advantage in between the Frontline dosages and that doesn't work. I even bough this special dome light to attract fleas, which hardly works, but catch 8 fleas within a month. I have taking him to the vet twice, the first time back in Aug I was told it was just allergies. I was given meds and a shampoo for it. None of it worked. Sept I had taken him to another vet for a checkup and she found a flea. That's when it was determined he may have a flea issues. I am at a lost on what to do now. I can only imagine the issue may be in my backyard. I'm very frustrated and looking for any type of suggestions that can help.
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Old 12-07-2012, 12:12 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Sammy, honestly... Give dawn dish soap a try. They use it here in Alberta often to treat ducks and animals affected by Oil spills. It's good for their cost and many many people say it completely took Away their pets fleas. If nothing else has worked mine as well try it. Just stick with original dawn


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Opps, I meant to post a new threat, not sure how I ended up piggy backing on someone post. Will create a new thread
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or shampoo with Defendex
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Ok, for the last several months Ace has been dealing with fleas. I give him Frontline Plus once a month and it doesn't seem to be doing anything. I've bought three different type of expensive shampoos for fleas and that doesn't work. I've used Capstar and that doesn't work. I started using Advantage in between the Frontline dosages and that doesn't work. I even bough this special dome light to attract fleas, which hardly works, but catch 8 fleas within a month. I have taking him to the vet twice, the first time back in Aug I was told it was just allergies. I was given meds and a shampoo for it. None of it worked. Sept I had taken him to another vet for a checkup and she found a flea. That's when it was determined he may have a flea issues. I am at a lost on what to do now. I can only imagine the issue may be in my backyard. I'm very frustrated and looking for any type of suggestions that can help.
Nematodes may work. They can be ordered online. Local home and garden may carry them. Even Home Depot has them available through the web. I am not sure at what time of year to out them out, though.
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