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9/29/12 7:51 P

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When working at a vets office we would always tell our clients if there is a flea problem (infestation) that can take up to 3 months to notice a difference in the amount you will see. Do not buy products from the store!! Most of those products use pesticides and we have had many pets come in extremely ill due to them. I personally use Trifexus on my dogs because it is for fleas and heartworm prevention, but every pet reacts diferantly to any medications. Go to your vet and ask for the prevention and give it a few months before deciding if you like it.
Now if there are tons call an exterminator and even if they say the pesticides they use are pet friendly wait a few hours before letting your pet onto treated areas. And put your babies on flea control and use monthly :)

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9/29/12 6:40 P

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head and shoulders human shampoo. works great

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9/29/12 4:55 P

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thanks for the info i gotta do something for my lil man they are eating him up. ive also got to do something about the inside of my house too

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9/29/12 11:38 A

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Thanks Kathy. Radar is mutant /normal for the MDR1 gene. He can only safely use certain products. Others need to note the mutant MDR1 gene although most prevalent in collies can be carried in all the herding breeds including Shepard's. The only way to know is with testing. Testing and effected breeds at link below.
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http://www.vetmed.wsu.edu/depts-vcpl/

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9/28/12 11:29 P

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I would only buy flea preventatives from your vet. There are certain brands that CANNOT be used safely on all breeds of dogs, which the vets should know. Buying from a pet store or online can be dangerous if you don't know exactly what to look for.

As an example, 2 of our dogs could use Trifexis (spelling???) but Phoenix cannot - it induces seizures in dogs who have had any seizures at all before. Collies cannot safely use Advantage Multi because of complications /side effects caused by the MDR1 gene, without having first been tested clear of this gene, and even then it is a risk.

And most definitely, as Laurie said - you have to treat the premises as well as the animal(s), or you'll just have the same flea problem over and over again.

Good luck!

Kathy

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9/28/12 6:12 P

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I use Frontline plus on Oreo. You can buy it at Petco. I know they have a "generic" brand of the Frontline products called Petarmor. When it first came out I checked into it because they claim it cost's about half as much as Frontline. It don't, it costs pretty close to the same and there were no good reviews for the stuff. emoticon

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9/28/12 10:51 A

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I use Vectra 3d that I purchase at vet these days. It seems to be working.
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I've been fortunate not to get any but I do give my pup pills for heartworm and flees and she wears a tick collar. I'd ask your vet honestly. Also, completely agree about the yard. We have a pest service to help keep the ticks away and I know they can usually do something about flees.

Good luck!

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9/28/12 10:02 A

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We use Revolution. Works great.

Have they infested your house and yard? If so, you need to get rid of them. Doesn't help much to get them off the dog if he picks them right up again when he goes outside.

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9/28/12 9:54 A

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can someone tell me the best flea treatment? im tired of wasting money on stuff.

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