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    Tried Hartz for fleas and it doesn't seem to be working!

    I discovered a flea on Keeran this week and had my SO pick up a flea treatment for him. We used Hartz on Monday but I'm still finding flea poo and just saw one running around on his stomache a minute ago while I was brushing Keeran. This is really frustrating me especially since his coat is quite long so there are more places for the fleas to run and hide! I want to go pick up Frontline or Advantage but since I used that monthly treatment from Hartz just this week, do you think it'd hurt Keeran if I put Frontline on him also? Also, how long does it take these things to be effective anyway? So far, it's been five days with very little, if any, progress.


    Any help would be appreciated!

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    Re: Tried Hartz for fleas and it doesn't seem to be working!

    Ask the vet about using Frontline or Advantage after Hartz.

    Those flea treatments you can get at the stores are generally no good. It's better to just get it from the vet and take care of them all at once.
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    Re: Tried Hartz for fleas and it doesn't seem to be working!

    If you have fleas you might need to treat all the animals in the house, treat the house, and treat the yard. And it needs to be done in a certain pattern every few days to break the life cycle of the flea. Hopefully if it is just a few fleas you can just treat the animals.

    See your vet for prescription meds. Over the counter products can do far more harm than good. And none of them are strong enough, following the directions, to make any difference. Then people try using too much product and end up in a worse mess. Talk to your vet.
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    Re: Tried Hartz for fleas and it doesn't seem to be working!

    A few years back, our neighbors moved. They had two outdoor dogs, and unfortunately they left their fleas behind. So, our backyard was infested with fleas, and made their way to the dogs, and into the house. For the house, I treated it with diatomaceous earth. I tried this out in the yard, but to no avail. It removed the indoor ones however. I decided to rid them of fleas first, before putting them on Frontline to keep them away.

    They all got a regular bath. Didn't use flea shampoo at this point. I didn't use the Hartz flea drops. There are only a few Hartz products that I will use, and this isn't one of them. However, there is a water-based flea spray that they sell at Petsmart, Target, Wal-Mart, etc. that is made by Hartz. This rid my dogs of fleas within 10 minutes. It's a blue bottle called 2 in 1 flea and tick spray. You spray the dog thoroughly (I supervised while they had this on), and leave it for approximately 10 minutes. I was amazed that there wasn't a single flea left on their body. I did this outside just in case it didn't kill the fleas, but just sent them running so they wouldn't be in the house, but outdoors to starve and/or dehydrate. After the 10 minutes, rinse thoroughly and dry.

    To treat the yard, I sprinkled the diatomaceous earth, which didn't do a thing. I kept the grass fairly short as fleas need to live in the shade. They can hide between blades of grass if they are long enough. There is no need to treat the areas that aren't in direct sunlight. Just the shaded areas. This is where the fleas live. I simply cut the grass, and didn't go out in the backyard (neither did the dogs) for about a month. They will eventually dehydrate and die. The above is one of the very few Hartz products I will use, and was thoroughly satisfied with it.

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    Re: Tried Hartz for fleas and it doesn't seem to be working!

    My vet HATES those products. He has seen these products poison cats but not the fleas.

    Call your Vet and tell him the story. ANYTHING we share is anecdotal. Doubling flea products (even if they don't work) can cause issues if only skin issues from the Sufactant.

    I had this issue years ago on the farm. Sprayed the house, the yard and bathed all the animals (cats too) with flea shampoo. In those days the only product that was available was Advantage and you had to have an Rx to get it. I know that after using spray (premethrins as I recall) in the house and yard and bathing all the animals and treating with Advantage regularly the problem went away. All was done under veterinary direction.

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    Re: Tried Hartz for fleas and it doesn't seem to be working!

    I would wait a week or more after using one flea shampoo until using another. Flea shampoo is very medicated. For instance, using it twice in one day can easily cause a seizure.
    Try using a flea collar that you can get at pet stores. They worked very well for my dog.
    Call your vet though.
    Good luck!

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    Re: Tried Hartz for fleas and it doesn't seem to be working!

    Quote Originally Posted by marley334 View Post
    Try using a flea collar that you can get at pet stores. They worked very well for my dog.
    Call your vet though.
    Flea collars are also very toxic. No vet will recommend them (except for Preventic collars). Cats and small dogs die from using flea collars all the time. Also from using Hartx flea meds. Large dogs are not as senitive as cats or tiny dogs, but that doesn't mean the products are any better for them. Ask your vet for some Frontline, Promeris, or Advantage. They're MUCH safer than the OTC stuff.
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    Re: Tried Hartz for fleas and it doesn't seem to be working!

    Only buy flea products from your vet. Flea meds are essentialy pesticides that can be very dangerous if not used properly. Hartz products are known for causing sever reactions and even death in cats and dogs. If you have a large infestasion then you may also need to get capstar from your vet. Capstar is a pill that kills all the adult fleas that are on your pet and it's safe enough to give on a daily basis.

    You also need to make sure to disinfect your house as well or you'll never get rid of the fleas. I've heard wonderful things about diatomaceous earth and the vets I worked with reomended it, though I've never used it. Also wash all your pets bedding in the washer with some dawn blue dish soap. And it has to be the blue one, for some unknown reason that one works to kill fleas. You can also use the dish soap to bathe your dog, just be sure not to get it in their eyes and to rinse it all out.

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