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My veterinarian recommended that I use First Shield Trio (topical) on my golden retriever puppy. After reading reviews on it, I am not sure this is a safe option. My 3 year old golden takes Trifexus (oral) for flees and ticks. He has seemed to do fine on it. Does anyone have any thoughts on these two prescriptions, or other effective options?
 

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My veterinarian recommended that I use First Shield Trio (topical) on my golden retriever puppy. After reading reviews on it, I am not sure this is a safe option. My 3 year old golden takes Trifexus (oral) for flees and ticks. He has seemed to do fine on it. Does anyone have any thoughts on these two prescriptions, or other effective options?
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I have never used either medications for fleas/ticks. I have used Revolution as recommended by my vet, and it has worked with no side effects on my pup Bella. I really don't like to give medication to my dog either (because I fear they aren't safe or healthy) and I try my best not to have to. Ways I try to avoid fleas/ticks are to try to keep her away from other dogs as much as possible during flea season and try to keep her out of long grass/wooded areas during tick season. If this is not feasible, you could try Revolution if you aren't sure about First Shield. I have had no problems with it but its always important to do the research to see if it fits right for your dog! :)
 

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All of these tick and flea medications are toxic/poison.

I've had good success using fresh garlic ( yes, I know some of you might think it is bad for a dog but read up on it ).

I have followed Dr. Becker over the years and she offers different approaches to many of the traditional practices which we have subjected our dogs to over the years.

From one of her articles, " Other safe alternatives to chemical pest repellents include cedar oil (specifically formulated to be applied to pets) and natural food-grade diatomaceous earth (DE) (both of which can be applied directly to your pet's skin and coat – follow label application instructions), and fresh garlic (it must be fresh, not processed -- work with your holistic vet to determine a safe amount for your pet's body weight)."
 

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My veterinarian recommended that I use First Shield Trio (topical) on my golden retriever puppy. After reading reviews on it, I am not sure this is a safe option. My 3 year old golden takes Trifexus (oral) for flees and ticks. He has seemed to do fine on it. Does anyone have any thoughts on these two prescriptions, or other effective options?
We had Samantha on Trifexus, the side effects almost killed her, she was not able to control her back legs, and was just weak and wobbly. Since Trifexis works on the fleas nervous system seemed like it was messing with Samantha's nervous system too. We then tried nexgard, again side effects, no appetite, very lethargic, and just didn't feel well. We have been back to Frontline and heartgard for the past couple of years, she does not seem to have any adverse reactions to either. She does not get frontline during the cooler months of the year. Non of those medications are perfect, but for us so far so good.
 

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You should be cautious in extreme level if you own a small puppy.

If an owner uses a product, which contain cyphenothrin, then it causes problems for small breed dogs. Another similar chemical with similar effect is permethrin.

These 2 active ingredients can be found in the majority of topical flea treatments.

How to deal with flea in puppies?

It’s hard to deal with fleas on small breed dogs and puppies since you can’t use any commercial flea treatments. However, the best way to get rid of fleas on new born puppies is using daily, gentle flea combing.

You can use Bayer Advantage II Topical Flea Treatment for Small Dogs weighs at least 3 pounds; it contains two active ingredients, one that eliminates adult fleas, and the second one prevents young fleas from maturing and growing.

Once your dog weighs at least 4 pounds. You can use K9 Advantix II for Small Dogs, This product is one of the most popular flea treatments on the market.

Source: Flea Treatments For puppies and small dogs
 

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Earth Animal has some great natural fle and tick products! I’ve been having really good luck with them on my chocolate labs. And no side effects like vet recommended ones may have.
 
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