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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-25-2016, 06:22 PM Thread Starter
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Flea Pills - Are they necessary?

Hi guys so Im really confused about flee medication. I have never found a flee or a tick on my pup. She is about 9 months old now, I had her since she was 2 months old.

Are we suppose to buy those $60 flee pills every month? Even if you dont see any flees or biting/scratching? Thanks guys..

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Yes, if you don't want to deal with fleas in your house....fumigating your house is not fun.

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You don't need to spend $60/month, but you do need some kind of flea prevention in a warm climate.

A 6-pack of Advantage Multi covers fleas, heartworm prevention, and intestinal parasites and costs about $80 on KVsupply.com for a 6-pack (6 months) with your vet's prescription. That's around $13/month. It's a topical all-in-one that works great, and it's considerably cheaper than Trifexis or Revolution. Even those two don't cost $60/month though--more like $20.

What is your vet selling you for $60/month?
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You don't need to spend $60/month, but you do need some kind of flea prevention in a warm climate.

A 6-pack of Advantage Multi covers fleas, heartworm prevention, and intestinal parasites and costs about $80 on KVsupply.com for a 6-pack (6 months) with your vet's prescription. That's around $13/month. It's a topical all-in-one that works great, and it's considerably cheaper than Trifexis or Revolution. Even those two don't cost $60/month though--more like $20.

What is your vet selling you for $60/month?
is the advantage a pill also?
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For whatever it's worth, I haven't used any flea prevention on any of my dogs for many years. No infestations in our house either. We live in Northern Ca.
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Advantage Multi is a topical applied to the back of the shoulders. I'd still like to know what your vet is selling that costs $60/month, though!
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Advantage Multi is a topical applied to the back of the shoulders. I'd still like to know what your vet is selling that costs $60/month, though!
Not the OP, but my guess is Nexgard. My vet tried to sell me some.

I'll stick to K9 Advantix.
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Do a little research and find out how bad the problem is in Santa Barbara. Ask your neighbors and friends. Ask people you meed on the street. If you decide that something is needed, you have your choice among, as needed sprays, monthly topicals, monthly or 3 month oral medication, flea collars (the good ones not the Safeway brand) and/or natural remedies that may or may not be that effective. Do your research and don't go with one person's recommendations. We all have different experiences.

I have a search dog and we go into some infested areas. I want very good coverage and Advantix was not working well for me. I am doing Nexguard. Our non-search dog does not have to be on anything because we live at high elevation. BTW, I think I get 3 doses of nexguard for 60 some odd dollars from Petmeds.
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I don't use spot ons....my vet showed me the tick that causes lymes and it is the size of a pepper grind flake. I do give Ivomec regularly for heartworm and spray on a flea/tick holistic essential oil spray. Recently, one of my dogs showed extreme pain, and the vet thought it may be lyme disease. Negative thankfully, but it did make me re-think my pest protocol. I hate the less is more, because when we do this, we are shortcutting the protection. Yet the alternative could cause more problems.

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Hi guys so Im really confused about flee medication. I have never found a flee or a tick on my pup. She is about 9 months old now, I had her since she was 2 months old.

Are we suppose to buy those $60 flee pills every month? Even if you dont see any flees or biting/scratching? Thanks guys..
Mine are not on flea meds. They don't have them. However with the first sighting of a flea I will put them on these meds. Hasn't happened in 20 years.I am not giving them that poison for no reason.
The only time I used it as preventative was when a new foster dog came in.
Cats seem to bring them in mostly.
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