PLEASE read this posting:Beware Certifect spot on treatment for fleas and ticks
Comfortis and Trifexis contains the same ingredient: Spinosad
They ALL have side effects for some dogs! You never know if it will be yours!
I use 3 items for a natural approach and the bugs stayed away from my two guys this season. Essential Oils (catmit and rose geranium are the best deterrent) mixed with a carrier oil such as Almond Oil.......a few drops applied daily. Minced Garlic. And a Flea/Tick tag: All Natural Pet Products | Homeopathic Remedies for Dogs & Cats | Only Natural Pet Storeor Pet Protector Note: tags are effective AFTER the flea problem is solved.
Diatomaceous Earth (not the swimming pool product) is dusty, but will kill them within a few hours if they already have them.I have recipes and dosages if you are interested you can pm me.
Hope this helps!
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.
I use Advantix from the vet. 1 cc per month.
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Be careful with the ACV. My vet told me to stop adding it to my horses feed for flies... said the acid in it will eat the enamel off their teeth. I would think it would be the same for dogs. Just a FYI
We basically followed the suggestions in this article.
- Fresh garlic and brewers yeast in his food.
- Diatamaceous Earth (DE)
- Geranium & peppermint oil spray for his fur before going outside.
- Frequent baths.
Other oils that repel fleas (& other insects) are lemongrass, lavender, citronella, pine, among many others.
Following our protocol we were flea-free within a week or so. Next year I'm going for the preventative approach (come late spring) and doing everything described above minus the DE. I'll also make him a natural flea collar by soaking a fabric collar in some of the oils listed above for 12-24 hours.