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Old 08-18-2017, 09:47 AM
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fleas after Frontline

I'm not taking any shots at Frontline - I just want to say that first. I've always thought it was a great product.

I got a little lax with giving my dog her treatment, for a while. Well, she loves to lay in the middle of our grassy yard, and just relax for a bit. Now, she has fleas. Once I saw them, I bathed her at home and then started her on Frontline plus.. That was August 11th. Now, I see that she has a ton of flea dirt on her again (eww) - and I've noticed some fleas scurrying here and there.
I don't know if I should give it more time - for the Frontline to work? Is it ok to bathe her again, using the Dawn dish soap/vinegar mixture. I don't want to cancel out the Frontline with too much bathing. I just feel awful for her. I don't like these things on her.
Last night I went to PetSmart and bought a flea comb. Do they work and how do I exactly use it? I didn't get a single flea while I was combing her with it last night. Her fur is pretty thick right now.

I'd appreciate any insight. Thanks
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My vet called frontline "spitting in the wind" as far as effectiveness goes in our area. She explained that it isn't a bad formula, but that fleas adapt and essentially become immune to older formulas.

I have also been told by vets to leave 3 days between bathing and applying the next treatment because those topical treatments use the skin oils as a distribution system and if you remove them with bathing and then apply the treatment they aren't going to be effective.


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I have also been told by vets to leave 3 days between bathing and applying the next treatment because those topical treatments use the skin oils as a distribution system and if you remove them with bathing and then apply the treatment they aren't going to be effective.
Not only this, but if you are bathing with Dawn, or any other "degreasing" shampoo, you are very effectively removing any topical flea product you applied. That's typically what the manufacturers recommend for removing the products in the event of an adverse reaction. Dawn is ok to kill off a flea load on an animal in a pinch, or if they are too young for chemical flea treatments, but it works by suffocating the fleas, so provides no lasting effect, and using it frequently is very drying for the skin.

In your position, I would check with your vet and see if they offer any oral flea control products, and use one of them for the next month or three, then you can switch back to a topical if you want. Make sure you are washing bedding, vacuuming, etc frequently as well.
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You can try Revolution its what the Vet recommended for my sisters pups it works but they still get itchy from time to time I guess its hard to prevent these lil suckers from getting on our pups
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We have used frontline + for quite awhile for Samantha. What I have discovered is how it is applied can make a world of difference as to how effective it is. Samantha has a very thick wooly coat, and following their instructions, a lot of it was being absorbed in her coat. We now apply essentially to three spots on her back, and so far so good. We often apply right after she has been bathed and groomed. Any fleas we do see on her are sick and crawling on the top of her coat, and can be easily picked off, and there aren't many of those. She had reactions to any of the orals we tried, so we stick with frontline +.
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I stopped using Frontline a long time ago, the fleas in my area had built an immunity to it and I got a flea infestation. I use Nexgard, it's a beef chew you give once a month and it works great for my dogs. When using topical flea treatments make sure you either apply it two days before and bath or two days after a bath, the topical stuff needs time to absorb into the skin, and it needs the natural oils in your dogs coat to help it too.
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We've always used Frontline on our dogs for as long as I can remember, but when our vet told us about a product that comes in a chewable pill form, we decided to try it. I forgot the name of it but I will look it up & get back to you. It's a one time pill, given with food, that lasts up to 3 months! Well, so far so good! We took Oreo camping with us last month where we encountered many deer & he got not 1 tick on him. We also haven't had a problem with fleas. Frontline is a good product, but I know someone's dog who got Lymes Disease while on it, so obviously it's not foolproof. There are newer collars you can try as well that I've heard are effective if you're looking for another option. Hope this helps.
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Ok, the 3 month chewable pill I mentioned in my post above is called Bravecto. This is our first time trying this med on our dog Oreo. As I said earlier, so far so good.
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We use SimpleGuard 3. It's easy to apply and effective, and both repels and kills ticks and fleas. We have had exactly one tick on our dogs since we began using it two years ago, and zero fleas.

You might also consider using a topical treatment like Zodiac spray periodically. I use it on my collie before taking her in wooded areas.
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Bravecto works for us.
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