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Old 10-19-2016, 09:27 PM
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Flea Prevention Not Working

I was on this forum a few weeks back with our pup who has been having issues chewing himself. He was diagnosed with fleas and we have been treating him for them ever since, but it seems to be a losing battle.

We give him the monthly spot treatment on his back but it doesn't seem to be working from what I can see. He is still clearly bothered by fleas and I still see them on him fairly frequently. Why could this be? I was told these spot treatments are extremely effective and work almost immediately. We are using one called Advantage Multi if it matters.

We have tried fumigating our apartment but I feel it is a pointless battle. We live in an old building full of pets, so fleas are never going to be eradicated in my opinion. I feel it's more likely to treat our dog than the environment.

Are there any other treatments I can try?
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Old 10-19-2016, 09:47 PM
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I've heard the topicals are becoming less and less effective in certain areas due to resistance being built up.
Both my dogs are on Nexgard (an oral) and they've never had any fleas.
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I've heard the topicals are becoming less and less effective in certain areas due to resistance being built up.
Both my dogs are on Nexgard (an oral) and they've never had any fleas.
Is that a monthly treatment similar to the spot, but just a pill? Is it an OTC product is prescription? Thanks
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I'm reading some very worrying reviews of Nexgard with several people saying their dog had severe allergic reactions, some of which died NexGard Chewables Reviews - ProductReview.com.au

There are even Facebook pages with numerous people saying it's a dangerous drug https://www.facebook.com/groups/704330073037200/

However other websites have excellent reviews NexGard Chewables for Dogs - 1800PetMeds

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Nothing topical seems to work on my friend's poodle. She's tried numerous ones, and they all failed to work for more then the first few days. Her vet advised her to keep her on the Advantage Multi II and also use a Seresto collar, that combo also failed. She finally convinced the vet to give her an oral one, and ended up with Trifexis, that one has finally done the trick and we haven't seen fleas on the dog since she started using it.

Advantage Multi II does work on my dog, BUT he got to the point that he was running and hiding as soon as he saw me getting out the vial. I have switched to Nexgard and so far so good, it's been 5 months since he's been on it and no fleas or side effects. I do not want to use Trifexis on him since I like to have at least a month between the flea treatment and the heartworm treatment, I think it may be easier on his body to not be overloaded with so many preventatives all at once.

I do know the bad reviews about Nexgard, there's even a thread on here that's loaded with them, but I also know that ALL the preventatives have those types of reviews. The bad thing about Nexgard and other oral preventatives is that if the dog has a reaction usually all that can be done is supportive care, there's no washing it off. I just make sure to give my boy the Nexgard when I'm home during the week and in the morning, that way if he does happen to have a reaction I'll know it right away and my vet will be open and I can take him in.
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Is that a monthly treatment similar to the spot, but just a pill? Is it an OTC product is prescription? Thanks
You have to get Nexgard from the vet, as far as I know it's not sold OTC, and yep it's a pill.
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Unfortunately reactions are a risk of all medications. My Aussie has been on it for almost two years and has never had any side effects at all, so it really depends on your dog.

As @Rain says, you need to get it from your vet. I give it on the first of every month.
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We ays had awful side effects when we used all those chemical products, and fleas on top of that seem to he building a resistance to them, depending on where you live. We have been using Wondercide spray this summer and its been awesome. Not only do fleas stay away, but its also a good coat conditioner as well. I get mine from either amazon or wondercide. com. Some pet stores carry it as well.
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topicals don't seem to work quite as much as the past.
I've switched to nexgard+heartgard combination and an occasional seresto collar for road trips. (https://www.petbucket.com/Listing/se...ortDirection=0)
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I also use an oral preventive with Tucker. He's on Bravecto for fleas and ticks. It lasts 3 months, and it looks and tastes like a treat. No side effects since Tucker's been on it. He also gets Advantage Multi as a heartworm preventative, I think that one also covers fleas... That one is topical every month.
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