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Quick question guys; we have a flea problem here unfortunately. I gave my pup a flea bath 8 days ago with the DogMD flea shampoo... says it protects against fleas for 10 full days. In short; it didn't work so I want to use a spot on treatment, but I'm worried about overdosing. The shampoo says it reaches maximum effectiveness around 10 days; should I wait until after 10 days to treat my dog with the spot treatment?
 

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I have 2 small rescue dogs, Hunter and Phoebe.
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It says it kills fleas, but nothing about flea eggs or larvae. The fleas we visually see are just the tip of the iceberg!
I'd call your vet to be sure and if he says ok, make sure you get a quality product. Either something from your vet or (Advantix, Advantage or Frontline) from the pet store. You'll just be wasting your money and possibly harming your dogs skin with any of the cheaper stuff including shampoos and flea collars.
 

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As far as waiting, you can call the 800 numbers on the shampoo and on the Advantage II and ask this specific question. They usually have someone who can easily and authoritatively address these kinds of questions.
 

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There's no need to use this kind of product. I've had dogs for 15 years and honestly the most bulletproof solution I have found are the chewable pills you can get from your vet that protect against fleas and ticks. They protect against ticks as well as fleas (flea shampoos do not) and they work for an entire month. You need to get rid of not just the adults, but the larvae and eggs as well. Also keep in mind that fleas can live in your home as well as on your pets. I once had a flea infestation in my carpeted basement and I had to steam clean the furniture and carpets thoroughly. That did the trick. Extreme heat kills insects and their eggs.

So that's my suggestion. Give all your cats and dogs those pills (Ask your vet) and steam clean your home thoroughly, and you will be a happy flea free household.

The reason I'm into the pills and not the shampoo is that you can't control the dose of the shampoo (which is medicated) properly. Too often, not often enough, used too much shampoo, not enough, etc.

The pills are sized according to the weight of your dog so you get the exact right dose every time and they work like a charm. I've been using them for over a decade.
 

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If you live in the South or have to worry about fleas all year around, you might ask your Vet about Bravecto, which is a 3 month chewable pill. They are relatively expensive, but may be cheaper than 3 1-month pills?
 
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