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    Senior Member Amaryllis's Avatar
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    Flea Control in Winter

    This is probably a dumb question, but I've never had a dog get fleas before. (I guess there are advantages to having a dog that cannot be around other dogs.) Kabota got fleas last month, I switched him to Vectra and the fleas went away. We're now entering winter, in PA, and I'm wondering how much longer do I have to give him Vectra? Is all winter necessary, just until it's regularly below freezing at night, or what?
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    Re: Flea Control in Winter

    If Kabota goes to the dog park or regularly hangs out with unknown dogs (e.g. doggy daycare, boarding, group dog walk), I would keep him on flea control year round.

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    Re: Flea Control in Winter

    Thank you! I wasn't sure if fleas go dormant or something . . .
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    Re: Flea Control in Winter

    I love to "Google" up things ....

    I found an article. I wonder the same thing even though I have never had an issue (knock on wood) with fleas.

    http://www.medicanimal.com/viewartic...ory_id=MA_DOGS


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    Re: Flea Control in Winter

    normally, I like to google, but there are some subjects where you get a lot of VECTRA IS POISON KILLZ UR DOG USE MY ALL NATURAL FLEE CONTROL PRODUCT!

    Seriously, don't ever look up "allergic to shampoo" unless you want to read 27,000 screeds about how shampoo causes cancer, autoimmune disorders, frizzy hair and possession by satan.

    that link does bring up an interesting point about fleas and central heating. well, at least vectra isn't as nasty as some of the other topicals.
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    Re: Flea Control in Winter

    I hear you! I almost mentioned that I was not sure how much to invest in .... but I think we know not to take too much investment in much on the internet! Lol! According to some of those shampoo articles ...

    I could try and blame Leeo's stomach mass that was according to the vet cancerous ... on the tear-free shampoo I used on him all those years. :/

    You know .... I never have used a topical on the dogs after November? I'm a bad Mamma!


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    Re: Flea Control in Winter

    Yeah, the internet people are insane on the topic of flea/tick/heartworm meds. WHATEVER, is what I say. Ha!

    I think if you live in an area where fleas live outside and your dog's main source of fleas would be, say, the backyard, then skipping it in the winter would be fine. But since fleas can also live inside and be transmitted by other dogs, I keep Biscuit on Frontline year round. Fleas really really gross me out.

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    Re: Flea Control in Winter

    I live in western pa. I use flea prevention all year round. I also work at a vet clinic and right now the fleas and ticks are extremely bad. I'm talking dogs coming in with "baboon butts" because of the hair loss from flea infestations. Can't tell you how many calls we have received for picking ticks off pets too.
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    Re: Flea Control in Winter

    Fleas are a huge issue in my part of NC, so I have to keep my dogs on the flea medicine we use. I just switched to Sentry Natural Defense, and it's working quite well. Ticks haven't been a big issue for me this year, and I'm very thankful for that. The second year we were in NC I was always having tick problems, even though they were on medicine for it.

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