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New Flea Medication - Comfortis?

There is a new prescription flea medication on the market called Comfortis. I was wondering if anyone has heard of it or tried it. It is a beef flavored chew given orally once a month. The active ingredient is spinosad. The website is www.comfortis4dogs.com. My vet mentioned it a couple of months ago when we were discussing flea prevention, but it wasn't out yet. I think I would be afraid to try something so new, but I'm interested to know more about it.

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Here's a desc of the main ingredient. It looks pretty safe.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spinosad
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Spinosad (spinosyn A and spinosyn D) are a new chemical class of insecticides that are registered by the EPA to control a variety of insects. The active ingredient is derived from a naturally occurring soil dwelling bacterium called Saccharopolyspora spinosa, a rare actinomycete reportedly collected from soil in an abandoned rum distillery on a Caribbean Island in 1982 by a scientist on vacation
Thanks for this info Daneil...So it gets the fleas drunk? Is Comfortis supposed to work for Ticks too?




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Thanks for this info Daneil...So it gets the fleas drunk? Is Comfortis supposed to work for Ticks too?
Missy you have a good idea for a new product. You could make millions $$$.

No, it doesn't work for ticks. I think I'll watch this for a while. I think some vets are recommending it. I just wonder if the ingredient is less toxic than the stuff that's in the topical. I hate putting on the oily topical. It think it smells really bad and then I always end up petting them right where I put it on.

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Oh, I hear you on the dislike for the smell and petting right after application. What's with that anyway?

I haven't heard of Comfortis. Sounds interesting!

Missy, you've been watching Pirates of the Caribbean too many times.
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I just apply the topical right at bedtime and put them straight in their crates. Then I don't pet them until morning after it dries.
I don't like the topical either, but I need tick control since I have found a couple on Dusty. Ick!! The first time I totally panicked and took her to the vet to have it removed! They thought I was nuts, but showed me how, and the next time I managed to get up the nerve to do it myself.

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I just wonder if the ingredient is less toxic than the stuff that's in the topical. I hate putting on the oily topical. It think it smells really bad and then I always end up petting them right where I put it on.

I hear you on the topical. I hate the greasy patch on the back and it smells. I put it on at work so it can dry and I don't worry as much about them rubbing it on the carpet at home!
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I will look into that. I hate the smell as well with the topical ointment and how it is on the fur. I will contact my vet and see if they have heard of it. How much is it compared to the topical stuff?

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