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Frontline? K9 Advantix? Promeris? OH MY!

I just thought I would bump this topic up again-- since it seems that it was months ago that some people were trying new flea and tick remedies. Here are some threads If you want to see what was discussed in the past.

http://havaneseforum.com/showthread....1498&highlight
http://havaneseforum.com/showthread....2774&highlight
http://havaneseforum.com/showthread....3533&highlight
http://havaneseforum.com/showthread....4093&highlight


We have been using Frontline Plus and Interceptor for heart worm. I have used it since the boys were pups--but lately we have found two ticks one on Jasper and one in our bed crawling on DH (EWWWWWWWW-- let me tell you I did not get to sleep that night. And the boys and beds are now checked) Luckily both were crawling and not attached. But we do not go hiking the boys are just in our yard, walked in the neighborhood and sometimes the park.

So what are your experiences? Lina have you tried the Promeris? I believe that is the one that our Vet said they switched to for a while but that dogs were getting sick.

Are any supposed to repel fleas more than the other?

what about other topical sprays as an added extra--- I have been trying
Tick Guard which is all natural oils-- and I like the smell it is minty/cedary but I think it makes the boys itch. I tried rubbing some avon skin so soft in my hands and then on the boys but I couldn't stand the smell.

What about treating your lawns? I know Laurie said she has hers treated? anyone else? what do you use?




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I had Havanna on Frontline for a couple of months. I pulled seven ticks off of her in that time. According to the pamphlet, ticks can attach, but should die in 24-48 hours. I had no problems with fleas while she was on Frontline; however, she was gnawing and scratching a lot. The vet thought she might have allergies, but she's too young to give anything but Benadryl. I discussed the gnawing/scratching with some other dog owners, and they suggested switching from Frontline to Advantix. Most of them said they'd switched their dogs from Frontline as it didn't seem to be as effective anymore (someone said that the formula in Frontline had been changed). With Advantix, ticks are not supposed to attach at all. It also is supposed to repel mosquitos, which Frontline does not do. Anyway, I switched to Advantix this month (she's had it on for 2 weeks now). The gnawing has gone away, and she only scratches occasionally now. I have not pulled any ticks off of her, either (that said with my fingers crossed, as it's only been two weeks!). Again, fleas don't seem to be a problem.

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I have been going through a flea problem with Kodi. 3 cats and 2 dogs, and he is the only one scratching. We were using Frontline Plus, but he still had fleas. The vet switched them to Advantix. We'll see what happens. I'm going to switch the cats back to Advantage. We have never had a tick problem and we don't have deer ticks in my area. We are using Inteceptor for heartworm.


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AS the weather got warm, cold,warm,cold..well you get the drift we decided to change to K-9 Advantix. We are just happier with them, I really worried about the Top Spot issues. Several people around here have had the problems.
We changed from Heartguard to Interceptor in December when we realized Sully (who hated the chews all the time) was getting sick from them.

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Missy, sorry for the late reply, I was in Europe. I actually did not try ProMeris as I heard many bad things about it from others. We went back to Frontline Plus... so far no fleas at all, so I'm hoping that it will continue to work well, otherwise I'm not sure what to do since Advantix was so horrible for Kubrick.


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Thanks Lina. Your trip looked amazing! Yup I too think I am going to stick with the Frontline Plus. It seems the safest. I have to say--- Cash does that muscle twitching in his back too. I never correlated to the FL. But notice it more after his Sickness(likely tick borne) Our vet said just to massage it gently on either side of the spine. He jolts a little at first and then relaxes into it. That does seem to help. And Jasper likes it too. Does Kubrick ever do it now? or was it just with the Advantix?

Oh, here's another question folks? You know my boys are on the bigger size--- they are right under the weight ranges for the orange box of FL plus which I think is 11-22 (Jasper is 19 and Cash is 21.5) would you consider going up to the next dose?




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Does anyone know anything about Comfortis? My vet told me about it when we were discussion flea prevention, but it wasn't out yet. I think it is now. It is a new flea prevention beef flavored chew given once a month. The ingredient is spinosad. The website is www.comfortis4dogs.com.

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I started a new thread on Comfortis.

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I also switched because my vet said if the FL wasn't working as well, I should use it every 3 wks instead of 4. I wasn't happy with having to use it more often. So far one week after Advantix and no flea sightings.


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I did not know that Frontline Plus kills fleas for 3 months but ticks for 1 month. I was wondering if others thought it killed both for 3 months.

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