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post #1 of 52 (permalink) Old 05-19-2010, 11:19 PM Thread Starter
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I think Frontline Plus is not working properly...

So far, we have found 2 ticks, 2 fleas, and today we found 2 miscellaneous bugs on Roscoe. I think they might have been cat fleas, but they didn't jump. I caught one and stuck it in a ziploc bag in the freezer, so once it freezes I will examine it further.

Anyway, he is on Frontline Plus, and needless to say, if he is bringing home 6 unwanted pests I don't think the medication is doing what it is supposed to!!

I need some suggestions as to what we could try instead. It needs to have flea and tick prevention for sure. I'm so frustrated, and seriously grossed out. I have a thing about small bugs that totally disgusts me - give me a giant tarantula over a flea any day!

Also, I'd like to note that I have been getting mysterious bug bites for awhile now, but Tim doesn't get them. I thought maybe it was something in my lab at work, but since my job ended for the summer, I haven't been to the lab and I am still getting bit!

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post #2 of 52 (permalink) Old 05-19-2010, 11:36 PM
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How long have they been on Frontline?



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6 months...

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Yeah, I'd say that its not going to work after 6 months of use. I read somewhere that supplementing with cinnamon helps deter fleas among other insects. Good luck! I know after living in Tampa for 5 years that its a never ending battle.

http://animalwellnessmagazine.com/art/aV92_40.htm

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I use revolution and it's always been really good.. it helps that it prevents heartworms at the same time too!

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Natalie, we switched when frontline plus stopped working for us. I don't know if the fleas have become immune to it or what, but it got bad. We use advantage for the cats & comfortis for the dogs. I don't think comfortis deals with ticks though.

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We had to switch to Advantix to to control the ticks. I know some people have had trouble with it, but Kodi has no trouble with it at all, and it does a MUCH better job of keeping the ticks at bay. I can usually even stretch applications out to 5 or more weeks apart.


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I love essential oils for this. When we traveled and had to use the rest stops with who knows what lurking in the grass, I spritzed down mine and my mom's tzu's legs and bellies and they never picked up anything.
I'm far from a granola girl, but this stuff works. You just have to spritz before they go out. I love the smell too.http://www.thewholedog.org/EOFleas.html

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It may not be the Fontline, it does not keep them from getting fleas and ticks but keeps them living on them and reproducing. The flea and tick have to bite the dog for control.
My girls pick up fleas and tick in the woods from the deer, squirrels and other critters but they never live on them.

Recently I watch one of the 60 Minutes or 20/20’s that discussed if you or someone in your household has done any traveling or staying in motels and you’re getting strange bites you may have lice or bed bugs. Apparently they are rampant especially with all the international travel. Even some of the higher end motels and hotels had the little bugs and had no idea. Anything I have near a bed or furniture in motels is now put in a plastic bag to come home. Over kill I know but the thought of these things makes me itch.

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We have a big tick problem in our area so unfortunately I don't think the oils would work. I thought you couldn't use Advantage on cats? I thought the vet told us that they wouldn't recommend Advantage for Izzy and Rascal since we have a cat at home and it's toxic for cats. We use frontline it works pretty good but I did notice last year it doesn't last a full month anymore.

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