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How long would revolution or frontline or other flea products last for a dog?

Just wondering how long these products last to give the dog flea protection? I am really concidering it now since one of the dogs got fleas i think. and what cost is it in canadian dollars, I think its around 80.00, but not sure? Does it last a year?

I normally use frontline but after speaking with my vet and using it for a long time they seem to become resistant to it and you may have to use it every 2 weeks. You are better off going with revolution or advocate if you have it. I am in Australia and it costs about 40 aus dollars for 3 frontline.

Baby Teacup Chihuahua sick – retching, listless, sleepy after shots and flea treatment

This is my 9 week old female Chihuahua. She is only 1 pound and 2 oz. I bought her one week ago. I took her to the vet on 05/20 and she was diagnosed as having parasites and worms. The vet gave her a LOT of medicines and treatments. Here is the rundown of all the different meds.

The vet gave her a shot of Pyrantel Pamoate for pinworms. The invoice says “Qty 2 – Pyrantel Pamoate (Strongid).

He also gave her a partially used bottle of Albon 5% oral medication for parasites, which I was to continue giving to her until it ran out. She has taken the medicine for 5 days now. I’ve read online that 5 days is the normal length of treatment so I am not giving her any more of it. I read online that you are supposed to shake the Albon very well before using it. The vet did not tell me that. He also didn’t bother to tell me about any side effects that could occur, although there are several.

He also gave me a small tube of Advantage Dog flea treatment (ointment) that I was instructed to rub between her shoulder blades. The tube says that it is for dogs under 10 lbs. I asked him if I should use the whole tube considering she is only 1 lb. He said yes. Looking back, I see that I should have used my own common sense and intuition. Obviously you don’t need the same amount of medicine for a 1 lb puppy as you would need for a puppy 10 times her size. I’m angry that they would hurt her this way and not care.

I applied the flea treatment (poison) on 05/23. After I put the medicine on her, it left a nasty glob of greasiness on her coat, so I looked online to see how long I had to leave it before I could take it off. (Of course, I called the vet to ask them but they didn’t answer and did not return my call, even though they were still open.) What I found online shocked me. Flea treatments are PESTICIDES and can be very harmful to dogs. If you apply a pesticide to your lawn (which I would urge you not to do) the bottle clearly tells you NOT to allow your pets or children to walk on the lawn for a certain length of time because the POISON can harm or kill them. So why then would a vet advise you to put a similar poison directly on your puppy’s coat? Maybe because he only cares about money and not you or your puppy. It’s a possibility.

If he cared about my tiny, adorable, 1 lb puppy, I doubt he would fill her with as many poisons as he could in such a short amount of time. (By the way, vaccinations for children are not any safer. Please research vaccinations+autism before vaccinating your child.)

I really don’t think he cares at all about my puppy. She is only 1 pound and it doesn’t seem like he is taking that into account when prescribing meds to her.

The same day (Friday) that I put the flea treatment on her, she ate some grass outside. That evening is when she started retching and she has continued doing this all weekend. It is now Monday and she has been sleeping a lot and is still retching some, although thankfully not nearly as much.

While reading the warnings about flea treatments, I also found many people who warned that you must be careful with choosing a veternarian because many of them are only interested in making money and they would rather fill your pet full of unneeded poisons and make a quick buck than to do what is best for your pet. I already knew that that was the case with human doctors, which I why I never go to them anymore, but I never suspected that the people that we trust to care for our pets might be the same way. The medical industry is such a sad, sorry place.

If you have any advice for me or you have seen this retching symptom before and know what I should do about it, please reply. I am wary of going back to the vet since I believe that may be what caused the sickness in the first place. I used to have dogs when I was a kid and we never took them to the vet and they did not get sick. I’m really starting to think that the vet CAUSES sickness instead of preventing it.

Update: Little Nibbles healed up from her sickness. I ended up finding a new home for her, but I want to leave this video up in case anyone else has a similar problem with their puppy. I believe her illness was caused by the medications she was given. Please do your own research into each medicine that your vet prescribes. Do what you feel is right. Do not blindly follow the orders of someone who may not have your pet’s best interest at heart.

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Dogs and Cats with Flea Bite Dermatitis – Allergic to Fleas

Help for dogs and cats with flea allergies or flea bite dermatitis. Dr. Colleen Smith discusses natural treatments to rid your pet of fleas. To view other pet health videos, visit

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Fleas, Ticks And Getting Your Dog To Take Medicine

Late spring, summer, and early fall are usually the months when fleas and ticks are at their worst. Some areas have nice climates year round, these areas have year round fleas as well. Your dog may be an inside dog; that does not mean that he is immune. Just taking your dog out to use the bathroom can start a flea infestation. A variety of other animals (stray cats and dogs, squirrels, etc) comb neighborhoods, these can very easily drop unwanted visitors at your door, literally.

There are products on the market to help control the pests that get on your animal as well as those that get in your yard, your vet can recommend the best products for you to use for your dog’s safety.

You also need to do some other ‘home maintenance’ things. Some of these include:
1. Anything your pet spends much time on should be cleaned as best it can. For instance, if he uses his own bed, wash it in hot water and dry on high heat. If he spends time on the couch, vacuum it regularly (your vet may recommend a mild pesticide be use on the couch (and other places your dog uses a lot), depending on infestation and severity.
2. Vacuum your entire house, washing any throw rugs. Often flea eggs are dropped from the pet into the carpet through shedding. Just because they are no longer on your dog doesn’t mean that they are not viable. These eggs will hatch and grow just as they would if they were on your dog.
3. Brush your dog frequently. Combs designed for lice removal in humans make excellent combs for flea and flea egg removal in short-haired dogs. Longer hair is more difficult unless you have a very passive dog that will allow you to comb down to the skin with the tiny combs but are better done with flea combs designed for dogs. Bathing should be done at least bi-weekly and a good conditioner (oatmeal-based is great) should be applied to help sooth your dog’s skin.
4. Keep your lawn mowed, believe it or not, this helps with flea infestation.

I Can’t Get My Dog’s Liquid Medicine Down
Face it; there are times that we have to medicate our dogs. Usually it’s just not much fun; flailing legs, squirming bodies, and twisting heads are not a joyful experience for either one of you. These tips should help you accomplish this feat. Remember to follow all medication instructions and dosage requirements.
1. Have a treat ready if the medication doesn’t have to be taken on an empty stomach.
2. Measure the medicine into the dropper.
3. Sooth your dog through calm movements and soft words.
4. Wrap one arm around the dog’s neck, between your thumb and first finger, take hold of the lower jaw.
5. Tilt the nose up, but not straight up.
6. Insert the dropper’s tip toward the back of the cheek without opening the mouth.
7. Slowly squeeze the dropper’s ‘bubble’ letting a constant, slow flow of the medication into your dog’s mouth. He will swallow instinctively.

Extra tips, in case your dog is a bit harder to control:
1. Flailing dogs can be wrapped in towels (or blankets for larger dogs).
2. Give high praise and a treat when the process is over (as long as the medication does not need to be taken on an empty stomach).
3. Keep the dog’s body in front of you.
4. There are new ways to flavor pet medications. Certain pharmacists and veterinarians can perform this service for little cost.

Using these instructions and tips, you should be able to successfully give your dog the medication he needs in a less traumatic experience for both of you. High praise for anything good always reinforces good behavior, so every successful attempt should be treated as an exceptional feat for him. He will continue to improve, eventually making the process quite simple.

Kerry Plowright

What Is A Good Flea Treatment For Cats?

What Is A Good Flea Treatment For Cats?

cat fleas - flea treatmentMy cats have fleas and the fleas gave them tapeworms…I am going to buy Tradewinds for the tapeworms. I was wondering what is a good flea treatment? I have a five month old daughter so chemicals are a big concern.

Frontline is a good choice of flea treatment for your cat, you can purchase this from your local vet clinic and they can dispense worm tablets at the same time. Steer clear of any systemic products – like Spotton, they have the potential for nasty side effects if not used correctly. Dont’ assume your cat just has tape worms, round worms are also commong and you should be using a broad spectrum wormer to take care of these especially with children in the house

More About Flea Treatment

Be aware that PEPPERMINT OIL and many other essential oils are highly toxic to cats. We’ve seen cats at the clinic whose owners have treated with human ‘natural’ remedies and have ended up poisoning their cats check this out

Cat Flea Treatment

cat fleas - flea treatmentAdvantage For Cats & Kittens Over For Cat Flea Treatment
Advantage is a long-lasting, once a month topical flea treatment. This over-the-counter formula is for puppies and dogs 8 weeks or older. Advantage contains imidacloprid, this fast acting flea preventive stops fleas from biting in 3-5 minutes, begins killing fleas within the first hour of application and eliminates 98%-100% of adult fleas within 12 hours of use. The ingredient imidacloprid works by affecting the flea or tick’s nervous system. Because Advantage works fast and has been found to be ideal for dogs suffering from Flea Allergy Dermatitis. :Research demonstrates that Advantage kills re-infesting fleas within 2 hours and lasts for up to 4 weeks. It is recommended that in areas of high re-infestation, or if your pet has fleas, which may cause Flea Allergy Dermatitis, a monthly application should be followed. Do not reapply Advantage for 30 days.Guaranteed authentic, USA EPA approved
All About Cat Flea Treatment.

Is it beneficial to give dogs a flea treatment? or use some sort of natural treatment?

I usually take my doggie to a major chain store for grooming, and they always ask if he gets some type of flea n pest treatment. But I don’t because he is a Bichon, I don’t know if he would have an allergic reaction. Any suggestions please!!!!

Most flea treatments are full of toxic chemicals. So much so, that if your read the packaging, it says not to get on human skin!
Why should that not be harmful to our doggies, I ask myself.

If your dog has fleas try the natural treatment.

Add a scant teaspoon of brewers yeast from the health food store to the food. They like the taste and after a few days of eating it your dog creates a natural repellent for the fleas.

There are several natural shampoos that you can use. To prevent fleas from coming back, vacuum your house very often and wash you dog’s bedding in hot water. That will kill the fleas.

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