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Old 04-23-2006, 05:44 AM
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Default Frontline Plus...yet still has fleas?

Hi everyone, I'm sure this discussion has come up before, but I figurred I'd voice this particular situation and see if anyone can lend some help on it. This is actually for my mom's pomeranian/pekinese mix, Baby.
Baby has very thick coat common to poms. She has fleas and she has itched patches of hair off of her tai, head and butt. It's so sad. My mom has tried everything to help her...she has changed her to a high end food, began giving her the essential oil stuff for dogs that's supposed to help their coat, she did a bug/flea bombed the house, washed her in flea shampoo, and gave her Frontline Plus.

Tonight, I was over there and I decided to inspect her head where she'd itched a patch of hair off...she still has fleas! Is it possible that she has an immunity to the Frontline? What else can we do for her? My mom also mentioned something that she heard about Frontline...she said that the fleas actually have to bite the animal and then they die, so it doesn't actually get rid of the fleas. Is that true?
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Old 04-23-2006, 06:21 AM
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i sorry about that how about trying k9 avtantix??. fleas are really frustrating and such a nuisance . hope i helpled in some way.
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advantage..
it kills them almost instantly, the minute a flea touches them..you put it on them in one spot on their back, and it crystallizes over the entire dogs body..
the only difference between advantage is, it doesn't do anything for tics, you'd have to buy something separately..
but advantage truly is the best flea treatment
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I use Frontline Plus on my girls and have never had any problem with fleas.
If she has bald patches, she's probably alergic to fleas. If the frontline isn't working properly, I'd take her back to the vet and discuss a coarse of treatment. Both for the fleas and the hot spots.
Maybe since her coat is so thick the frontline isn't getting to the skin. And you are not suppose to give them a bath at least 2 days before and 2 days after treatment. Maybe the frontline got washed off before it could do it's job.
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advantage doesnt work for ticks, i would try k9 advantix as long as your mom doesnt have cats bc its deadly to them. maybe she needs to make sure its on the skin when she puts it on bc i use frontline plus and live in Fl and it works good for me. i know someone was talking about the frontline spry, maybe buy that and just use that sinced you can spray it over the entire coat since hes got so much fur.
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I agree with everyone else. It sounds like your mothers pom may be suffering from a combination of things. The Frontline Plus may not be making down to the skin when you are applying it and he/she may be severely allergic to fleas/flea bites. I would suggest that you have your mom take her pom in to have him/her checked out by a vet. They may be able to show you the correct way to apply the Frontline Plus or they may recommend a different kind of flea treatment. They may also be able to give you some medication to help heal areas your moms furbabe has scratched bare. Hope you are able to find a remedy that works as I hate to see a furbabe suffer. Good Luck!

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here in my area of ct ive found frontline pus isnt working wquite right, ticks are still latching AND eating and living, and ive even heard of poeple with flea problems, has your area been treated for west nile virus? aparently theres something to suggest the chemical they use ot kill the mosquitoes and treat for west nile also effects the fleas and ticks and there slowly becooming immune to certain chemicals because of it (so im told) i was gonna switch to advantix but with the new kitten we cant risk it (advantix is deadly if ingested by a cat)

it could be many things, most likely that the frontline isnt getting right onto the skin, which is extreemly difficult in a poms heavy coat. or it could just be that its not working for her.
the bald patches sound like an alergic reaction, flea allergies are VERY common.
first thing shes got to do is have her to the vet where thye should treat her for fleas by giving her a heavy duty flea dip, fleacombing and then theyll talk about further treatment.
now what shes going to have to di is also fight the problme in her home...there are live fleas on the dog that means theres hundreds of thousands of eggs in any soft furnishings and very likely on other pets.
other pets must be checked througohly for fleas and treats just like the pom, then she needs to take all her soft furnishings, anything that cna be washed should be washed in a 10 to 1 bleach solution AND flea shampoo (yes like the stuff you use on your pet) or a flea detergent (specially formulated for the washing machine, anything that cant be washed should be dusted with an in home flea product that can be vacumed, zodiac makes a line of house flea killers and work realy well)
while everything that can be washed is being washed everything that cant be (and by everything i mean everything, carpet, curtains, human and other pet beds, clothes on the floor, EVERYTHING, even hardwood flooring would benefit a 10-1 bleach solution mopping!) Dust everythign down with the home product leave it for th directed amount of time then vacume.
then comes the fun part, remove all living beings from the house and flea bomb too!
over the next 3 months youll want to redust and vacume at least once a week to remove any that were missed in the initial enialation and as soon as your done toss the vacume bag, it should b eput into a plastic bag and tied then thorwn into the rgular trash, flea eggs can and will live and hatch in the vacume bag and crawl back out!

once you find a topical flea treatment that works for her (if she doesnt have cats, i 100% recomend K9 advantix!)

you also want to add a little brewers yeast, and garlic powder to the diet, and use something lemon or lavender scneted before going outside, the lemon or lavender scented dryer sheets are great for this as there handy not very expensive and also help with static, just whipe the dog down before going outside each time to add an extra barrier of protection.

alot of work i know but fleas are persistent and one missed egg can lead to an outbreak in the thousands again whihc is why retreatment for a while is so important.
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Old 04-24-2006, 07:23 AM
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gosh i may have to do that too?? i dont have a vacumn yet. honestly probally cant do anything if the landlord doesnt treat his dogs too and his house.plus we have the biggest garden so fleas will probally still jump on minnie.im bathing her with the flea shampoo though.my friend suggested a werid powder you can get that that you can put on anything that destroys fleas she hasnt has a problem since she used it wonder what it could have been. she cant remember the name of it.
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