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Post by I❤dogs on Mon Jun 12 2017, 15:55

I was wondering what everyone uses as a preventative. I've never had an issue with fleas. I use effipro on the dogs & cats. Yesterday Crash, my only cat that goes outside, had fleas on him!! He is long haired so I brush him when he comes in. Anyway I saw the poops so got a nit comb & removed 2 fleas. I can't find any on my dogs or other 2 cats but suspect its just a matter of time. They got effipro on nearly 3 weeks ago so do I dose them all early? Or get stronghold or something else from my vet


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Re: Flea preventative

Post by Nifty staffy on Mon Jun 12 2017, 19:07

I use seresto collars on the cats. Both are outdoor cats and one is long haired. Never had fleas on them since, though I do change them every 6 months.
As to the dog, don't know yet. Vets were talking about a combined tablet that does internal and external parasites. Have appointment Wednesday so will ask for more info
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Post by I❤dogs on Mon Jun 12 2017, 19:29

The preventative is meant to be done every 4 weeks so I was worrying about doing it a week early. But that would probably be better than them multiplying everywhere
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Re: Flea preventative

Post by -Ian- on Mon Jun 12 2017, 20:01

I can't really advise Laura, Flo gets her Advocate and we've never had any problems


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Re: Flea preventative

Post by I❤dogs on Mon Jun 12 2017, 20:18

Maybe I need to change to a different one
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Re: Flea preventative

Post by Jenc on Mon Jun 12 2017, 20:50

I use Advocate on Katy & have never seen a flea on her Smile


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Re: Flea preventative

Post by Mia05 on Mon Jun 12 2017, 21:36

Id ask for thr best up to date flea prevention, from the vet same for the cats Smile


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Re: Flea preventative

Post by I❤dogs on Mon Jun 12 2017, 21:52

Sounds like advocate is good. I'm worriedly combing everyone, still just my cat who goes outside with evidence. I will ask my vet in morning what's best
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Re: Flea preventative

Post by stu on Mon Jun 26 2017, 16:47

dave has advocate and stay kill for the house...when I laid new carpets and flooring...gave the floor a good spray of insecticide before hand all in the floorboards cracks..the lot then put the new stuff down..i hate flee's with a passion and have no problems using chemical warfare on them..(he writes with a sinister laugh)..see just the one flea...that's it..war !!
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Re: Flea preventative

Post by Mistys Mum on Mon Jun 26 2017, 17:53

Another one here who has advocate. I used to give her another one but it didn't have the lung worm treatment that advocate has.


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Re: Flea preventative

Post by I❤dogs on Mon Jun 26 2017, 19:51

Thanks everyone. I've gone for advocate. Apparently this year is bad for flea epidemics, to do with the muggy weather. I normally brush the dogs & cats with soft brushes but while checking them discovered they love being combed. Rebel starts grooming me back, it's so cute but a bit painful lol
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Re: Flea preventative

Post by GRAHAM.C on Mon Jun 26 2017, 22:18

Best of luck Laura,I hate the little blighters but as you well know,if you have a cat that goes out of doors you will always have an ongoing battle.
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Re: Flea preventative

Post by I❤dogs on Tue Jun 27 2017, 01:14

Thanks Kit, I've been lucky until now. I think the effipro hasn't been strong enough this year or maybe I've just used it too long.
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Re: Flea preventative

Post by Goblin on Tue Jun 27 2017, 09:59

I'd definitely check your carpets as well, we sprayed ours the one time Gizzy got fleas and they went pretty quickly. My main reason for doing Advocate was all the other preventatives as well, we've got a lot of foxes in London so it helps against all the things they pass on too.
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Re: Flea preventative

Post by I❤dogs on Tue Jun 27 2017, 17:55

I gave them a good spray after a steam clean so fingers crossed all should be ok. I just hate fleas, felt so sorry for my cat that had them
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Re: Flea preventative

Post by Goblin on Tue Jun 27 2017, 20:54

They're horrible so and so's. I had to get Gizmo a cream because he got a rash from them.
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Re: Flea preventative

Post by I❤dogs on Tue Jun 27 2017, 21:26

Staffies have such sensitive skin.
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Re: Flea preventative

Post by stu on Wed Jun 28 2017, 01:12

i'm a great believer if you see one on the animal you can hedge your bets that they're in the house as well...when I spray the house I do one room at a time...sort of start at the furthest point from the door and walk backwards towards the door spraying not just the carpet but under the beds etc as that room is done close the door then on the  next until I do all the house and leave a top window open in each room ..plus I also spray the  furniture curtains dog bed etc...then take the dog out for a walk with a fresh squirt of advocate on the back of his neck...sounds excessive but I found that fleas are pesky little bleeders so I don't take the chance..... talking of which I also get a reminder from the vet via text message each month when to give the advocate. Big Grin
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Re: Flea preventative

Post by I❤dogs on Wed Jun 28 2017, 09:22

Your right, fleas are sneaky & best to blitz the place
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Re: Flea preventative

Post by Mia05 on Thu Jun 29 2017, 13:17

Mia never ever had a flea. but my friend her cats got fleas all the time and at first they were house cats then she let them outside to play they didm't seem to have fleas as much. If i ever have a pup id definitely buy the advocate as you all seem to use it and highly recommend it.


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Re: Flea preventative

Post by dizzy on Thu Jun 29 2017, 13:39

I've been using Bravecto for Dodge; he has the tablet and it gives three month's protection from fleas and four month's protection from ticks. It's the second year of using it and we've had no problems with it.
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Re: Flea preventative

Post by Goblin on Thu Jun 29 2017, 20:19

Not heard of that one, glad it gets rid of ticks. Gizmo got one tick once and I had no idea what it was, was googling skin tumours and all sorts.
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Re: Flea preventative

Post by stu on Thu Jun 29 2017, 21:47

where we walk up on the south downs loads of sheep..dave had a couple of ticks in the spring...I just pick them off..get the head as well...if you don't know or unsure how to do this use the appropriate stuff and tools...you need to get the whole tick including the head..other wise cause all sorts of trouble.
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Re: Flea preventative

Post by I❤dogs on Fri Jun 30 2017, 01:03

I've never heard of the tablet either, sounds good
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Re: Flea preventative

Post by Paris1990 on Fri Jun 30 2017, 11:43

We get NexGard from the vets and I just assumed getting it from the vet it would be the best to get for him, but I have just googled it and there's some worrying questions and stories about it on there Sad He's not had any side effects but some dogs have, same with that other brand listed further up Bravecto. We have just got this months the other day Sad I'll change to advocate for his next dose.
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Post by I❤dogs on Fri Jun 30 2017, 13:23

I think its a bit worrying using any chemicals on our animals but fleas are just horrendous
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Re: Flea preventative

Post by Goblin on Fri Jun 30 2017, 14:49

You have to weigh the risks and benefits. Where I live has a massive dog, cat and fox population, so it's deemed a fairly high risk area for infectious diseases and parasites. If you live somewhere where your dog's not going to come into contact with many others, and there are no foxes then it's probably less of a worry.
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Re: Flea preventative

Post by Nifty staffy on Fri Jun 30 2017, 19:13

Paris1990 wrote:We get NexGard from the vets and I just assumed getting it from the vet it would be the best to get for him, but I have just googled it and there's some worrying questions and stories about it on there Sad He's not had any side effects but some dogs have, same with that other brand listed further up Bravecto. We have just got this months the other day Sad I'll change to advocate for his next dose.

I was going to recommend NexGard too but there are 2 versions.
Standard only for external (flea and tick) but Spectra version covers internal parasites too.

I am wary of reviews on the net because they're almost as helpful as reading the list of potential side effects on any medication to presume you will have them all.
Spot ons are potentially bad for kidneys, any chemical by definition can cause harm so it's really a question or balancing the risks.
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Post by Paris1990 on Fri Jun 30 2017, 22:27

Aaaah I didn't know there were different versions of NexGard,I'm not sure which we get, Hank has been fine apart from he had abit of a bad number 2 today and put it down to that and his worm as I do them together so might have upset his tummy, I'll maybe quiz the vet about which one we get

What I had read had a list of results from dogs and cats and what had happened to them from the treatment Sad
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Post by Nifty staffy on Sat Jul 01 2017, 07:11

I can understand how disturbing the report must have been but
I also read of bad reactions to seresto collars from seemingly loads of cats but I never had the slightest problem on my 3.
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