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Finally Free from Fleas!

Posted Monday, August 20, 2012, at 8:06 AM

The fleas have been really bad this year and it's been quite a battle all summer.

We did all the things that you read or hear about. We had been applying a topical spot treatment to our dogs each month. It was working fine until about 3 months ago. It would work great for about a week and then here were the fleas again. We doubled up on the fleas and began treating the yard and our pets' favorite spots. It worked for about a week and then, the fleas seemed to come back with a vengeance. Then, we started giving flea and tick baths before applying the monthly treatment. Still there were fleas after about a week. We used a flea comb and tried giving garlic capsules in our pets' food to help combat the fleas more naturally. There was still no relief. We even applied flea and tick sprays to no avail.

After a friend sharing of her own experience with a relatively new product, we decided, "what could we lose." "We had tried everything else." Finally, we were free of fleas. All it took was a relatively new product called Comfortis. This is a miracle pill, to me. After 30 minutes, there were no fleas and still there are no fleas. I am amazed and so happy. After all the time and money, all it took was one pill. Although a little costly, it's not as costly as having to use all those other products, not to mention the time that was spent, and still not getting any relief. Comfortis only available from a veterinarian and most will have to see your pet, but I still think it's worth it. I'm so happy to run my hands through my pets' coats without seeing one single flea. It just puts a big smile on my face. Thanks Eli-Lily company for making this product.

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Vectra 3D has versions for both cats and dogs. You may have luck with that one. Capstar is only $5 at the vet and is sold to anyone and will kill fleas for 24 hours. We use it at the s/n clinic. It works in 30 minutes, but doesn't last more than a day. It's a good product to kill what's on them and then use other means to control after that.

-- Posted by CritterCrusader on Thu, Aug 23, 2012, at 9:52 PM

Alas, Certifect and Comfortis are not recommended for cats.

-- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Aug 23, 2012, at 8:31 AM

By the way, we will be returning two to our daughter after her recent move and these may get the new treatment since they are going to a flea free house.

-- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Aug 23, 2012, at 8:27 AM

We have been using food grade, diatomaceous earth with decent success but it does not kill immediately and we sometimes get impatient.

We do the baths (boy can they hold their breath a long time)and combing with flea combs but one particular older cat is very popular so we decided to try repelling them with a rosemary tea.

Since we did not know if she was sensitive to it, we tried a little, then the next day sprayed her from lower neck to her tail. When we combed her the next few days, the results were impressive.

The fleas were on her neck and head but I only got one from the rest of her body. This reduced their hiding places and we have been making good headway in reducing the number caught.

Next spraying will be today and we will spray all but her eyes. I don't believe this kills them so if you try it, be ready to kill them after they "jump ship" or do it outside.

-- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Aug 23, 2012, at 8:25 AM


The convenia is quite expensive - $15 to $16 per pill. There are some other products that maybe aren't used as much as Frontline which some people have had some luck with. There's another topical called Vectra 3D, we have had some luck with on the ones we transport. It is a little harder to find in this area, but it can be ordered online. They even have it for cats and it is not prescription. The makers of Frontline have also come out with a new product, we have used once at the Humane shelter and it worked there. It is called Certifect, but is for dogs only. Hope this helps.

-- Posted by CritterCrusader on Wed, Aug 22, 2012, at 6:17 AM

No problem chefgrape. I don't know what I would do without my girls so I try and give them the best that I can.

-- Posted by -Beth- on Tue, Aug 21, 2012, at 10:24 AM

thanks Beth....I appreciate the knowledge.....I am just careful what I give my companion shes all I got....I always try and look out for others as well...pets have sure been great therapy for me...if i could just get her to fix breakfast every once in awhile it would be great....these milk bones are flavorless...lol..... apparently I'm in training!

-- Posted by chefgrape on Tue, Aug 21, 2012, at 9:31 AM

Please Do Not take Daily Dose of Aspirin Without Dr's. Orders. My friend almost died from brain aneurysm by taking daily dose of baby aspirin without Dr.'s Orders. He required Emergency Brain surgery.

-- Posted by ckna910 on Mon, Aug 20, 2012, at 4:42 PM

Oh, and I tried to edit the "caps", but I accidentally hit the send button. Sorry for the confusion.

-- Posted by -Beth- on Mon, Aug 20, 2012, at 2:34 PM

chefgrape, the garlic that was given, first of all was not a a full dose like a human would take or eat. It is NOT a clove of garlic nor is it garlic powdered laced food. It is dog food that contains a safe amount of garlic. My girls are very healthy and have no health problems.

Secondly garlic is found in common dog treats and foods at the store. Very small amounts are not harmful to your pet. But it does differ depending on the weight and breed of your animal. Take a trip to the pet isle and read the labels. You will find that in many of the healthy bags of pet food contain garlic in them.

I do know about the poison that onions pose to dogs. Other foods that are poisonous to them that include: corn, gluten, soy, and wheat. These are the main ingredients of many of the brand name pet foods.

My girls enjoy their vegetables and fruits as well as their dog food. We either make their treats at home or purchase the natural/safe foods instead of the commercially (often recalled) products.

-- Posted by -Beth- on Mon, Aug 20, 2012, at 2:32 PM

Beth....your not suppose to let dogs have garlic or onions....it could burst their red blood cells....

Onions may cause the Heinz anemia in dogs. This type of anemia leads to a low red blood cell count and kidney failure. Garlic or chives are also toxic for dogs.

Onions and garlic are the most poisonous when raw, but you should avoid feeding your dog even cooked or fried onion or garlic.

The symptoms of Heinz anemia include pale gums, heart murmur, tiredness, vomiting, diarrhea and blood in the urine.

The pet will need blood transfusions and fluid therapy.


-- Posted by chefgrape on Mon, Aug 20, 2012, at 12:45 PM

The fleas have been awfully bad this year.

We have tried giving our dogs garlic caps, oatmeal bath with natural flea control (which helped until they went out into the yard again), rubbing them down in a vinegar solution (which worked after their bath for a little while).

The problem is that when they got back out to the yard, where they stay mainly, they got attacked again. We put down some dust, even though we try to not use any chemicals. But it didn't help either.

So we've been keeping them inside as much as possible until the fleas decide to die off.

-- Posted by -Beth- on Mon, Aug 20, 2012, at 11:47 AM

That sure is tempting since we too have had an extremely difficult case of fleas. No ticks, just fleas.

Taking 15+ dogs and cats to the vet will be cost prohibitive by itself so I probably don't need to know the price but we'll be watching for the generic release some day.

Frontline and other similar products are just not doing it anymore.

Surprisingly, the fleas do not bite me. I know, I know, I am not very tasty but there must be some truth to that. I take two garlic tablets, and 6 fish oil capsules a day, plus an aspirin and 2 benadryl (generic) to help sleep. Is there something more than garlic keeping them away?

Mosquitos bite but they do not welt or itch like they do for others. I am guessing the benadryl and maybe they don't stay long if my blood is distasteful.

Guess I am safe from vampires too?

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Aug 20, 2012, at 11:21 AM

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