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I've heard people are having a lot of luck with Comfortis lately...taken orally and made by the same people who make capstar (which, of course, works like a dream)
 

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I've heard people are having a lot of luck with Comfortis lately...taken orally and made by the same people who make capstar (which, of course, works like a dream)
will check it out..

I put the frontline on her and within a day she knawed her bum to bits. My guess is some kind of reaction...because not even FLEAS make her chew herself to bits. Im going to the vet on Monday...but in the meantime Im going to do some product comparisons..
 

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Poor baby. It looks so bad. I hope she feels better soon.
I know. :( she's all scabbed up...I put it on her, went out for about five hours and came back to a dog who looks like some kind of rabid beast attacked her from behind. She has been perfectly healthy for a while now so the only thing I can think of is that the frontline had something to do with it. the vet, when I called said that its a possibility. this sucks. :(
 

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Put some neosporin on it. Roxxy has a sore near her "girlie parts" that I need to put some on. I asked my vet yesterday and he says this is the best thing for it. Good luck baby girl!
 

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Advantix does seem to be less reactive then Frontline. If the Advantix isn't cutting it I would check out Vectra. It's close to Advantix in that it does fleas, ticks, and mosquitos, but it's also less reactive then Frontline.

It has to be purchased through a vet so see if yours is carrying it.
 

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You could try supplementing your choice with natural methods to make it more effective. The things that I find work well as flea deterents (although in some areas with some dogs they will not be enough alone) are:

- garlic supplements (I use Grrr-Lick Garlic snacks and Only Natural Brewer's Yeast and Garlic Tablets)

- a little apple cider vinegar in the drinking water

- all things NEEM, including shampoo, spray, and essential oil combos with NEEM oil in them (I use Ark Naturals shampoo and spray, Doc Ackerman's Botanical Citronella shampoo, and Only Natural essential oil blend)

- diatomaceous earth on carpet and sleep areas (you spread it on and then use a broom to work it into the fiber, and then vaccuum it up three days later) plus there is pet-grade d.e. that you can put directly on your pet. It's totally safe for all mammals, and works by dehydrating insects.

- on a thread about natural flea prevention, cshellenberger suggested using nematodes in the yard: "They are a biological control, microscopic worms that eat flea larvae. You can get them at nurseries or online."

I use natural methods for flea deterence, and then when I occasionally get fleas I use frontline. Depending on your situation, though, you may need to use a medicine all the time and just use natural methods to help on top of that.

I wrote about this in another thread, but advantix has permethrin as the main ingredient, which is a known dog and cat killer. (Same chemical as in Bio Spot.) So I would seriously doubt that it is less reactive than Frontline...
 

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You could try supplementing your choice with natural methods to make it more effective. The things that I find work well as flea deterents (although in some areas with some dogs they will not be enough alone) are:

- garlic supplements (I use Grrr-Lick Garlic snacks and Only Natural Brewer's Yeast and Garlic Tablets)

- a little apple cider vinegar in the drinking water

- all things NEEM, including shampoo, spray, and essential oil combos with NEEM oil in them (I use Ark Naturals shampoo and spray, Doc Ackerman's Botanical Citronella shampoo, and Only Natural essential oil blend)

- diatomaceous earth on carpet and sleep areas (you spread it on and then use a broom to work it into the fiber, and then vaccuum it up three days later) plus there is pet-grade d.e. that you can put directly on your pet. It's totally safe for all mammals, and works by dehydrating insects.

- on a thread about natural flea prevention, cshellenberger suggested using nematodes in the yard: "They are a biological control, microscopic worms that eat flea larvae. You can get them at nurseries or online."

I use natural methods for flea deterence, and then when I occasionally get fleas I use frontline. Depending on your situation, though, you may need to use a medicine all the time and just use natural methods to help on top of that.

I wrote about this in another thread, but advantix has permethrin as the main ingredient, which is a known dog and cat killer. (Same chemical as in Bio Spot.) So I would seriously doubt that it is less reactive than Frontline...

Advantix never caused any issues. The picture depicts the very day I applied the frontline. before, her hindquarters were normal. now they look awful. I guess we shall see at the vet's tomorrow.

I use DE. it helps some. I will give the others a shot..per vet approval(my vet office is one holistic and one allopathic vet..which is nice..I get the best of both worlds)

Bolo is sensitive just in general. She reacts violently to certain foods, certain chemicals etc...so this may be something that is peculiar to her..we shall see.

I've been keeping her leashed to me to keep her from knawing on it and the poor dear has been whimpering all weekend. :(

though the neosporin seemed to help. Thanks Alpha.
 

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Every dog is different. I just meant in general.

What's DE?
diatomaceaus earth. I always just abbrieviate it because I never spell it right no matter how hard I try.



and it COULD be something other than the frontline...I just can't for the life of me think of what else it could be...simply because of the timeframe of application and then coming back to Madam Scabby A**. I hate seeing her in such discomfort. :(
 

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Poor thing. I hope the neosporin is providing her with some relief.
Have you ever tried Revolution? I've been thinking about trying it but don't really know how it stacks up. I have heard that it's not so great for ticks, but it's hard to find objective comparisons online. And any good comparison would have to have a very large sample size because different animals react so differently to different chemicals, as seen in your dog.
 

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Frontline have their own features and disadvantages. Advantage is proven to resolve flea infection but it lacks preventive powers. I have used Frontline for five years. It works relatively the same as Advantix. However, after five months of using Advantix, I observed that it kills less and less ticks. It also is poor in preventing ticks from developing in the area including damp corners and fabrics. As such, I recommend the use of Frontline, which I am now using again.
 

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You should get her a plastic cone for her and treat the area, the cone will prevent further damage. I'm not sure where you're from but I like revolution it treats almost everything and my dogs are very sensitive like yours and have no problems so far on it.
 

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We have been flea free for over 6 years now, and then we got infested...(a cat was brought into the home/family) anyway we picked up Sentry for the cat, and all canines 11 mini doxies and 1 GSD were all treated with Frontline. 3 hours later two doxies were itching like crazy and within 5 hours 9 of the doxies were itching and crying. It could have been only from one thing. Frontline. We washed them all in cool wtaer with Dawn Dishwashing detergent to remove the residue. Gave em all a benadryl capsule.....few hours later wound up giving them a bath yet again in cooler water and more benadryl. It helped. 4 out of the 9 suffered chemical burns from the Frontline and got all blistered up and infected. We applied Neo Predef and bathed them daily for almost a week and the scabs etc that formed are just now starting to fall off. We still have as manyt fleas as we started off with maybe more.

The GSD started to scratch somewhat by the next day and the area Frontline was applied was red. I think if your going to use any squeeze on treatments you really should have some benadryl handy just in case.

Just as soon as its feasible were going to try the Comfortis and Capstar. Capstrar to knock the fleas down in a hurry and Comfortis for long term protection.
 
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