I completely agree 100%. I had a very bad scare with my Daisy by putting spot on flea treatment on her, and now I am researching holistic alternatives to prevent fleas. Daisy has really bad flea allergies, and even if I use frontline or advantage, it doesnt stop the flea from biting the dog. They still have to bite to die. I will let you guys know if I find a successful alternative.I personally would never put chemicals such as insecticides (which are poisonous) on a 2.5 pound baby. Even if the situation was dire and they were crawling with fleas.... I'd wash in diluted Dawn and soak the fleas off and then flea comb off the rest. There are some very real neurological risks to using Frontline, etc. on tiny dogs. Neurotoxins are very, very bad for cats as well. I would never chance it. Especially just as "prevention".
Please do some reading on these spot on treatments and research for yourself!
*knock on wood* Brody has never had fleas. I did find a small tick crawling between his toes when we went camping though.Tracy, what do you do for fleas? Does Brody have any flea problems?
I agree with Tracy on not using chemicals on such a tiny chi. There are other much safer and effective ways to prevent and control fleas that you can use on both your cats and dogs that are also a lot cheaper too. Giving a bath with Dawn soap will help kill fleas that are already on your dog. Another option is using apple cider vinegar (the pure, unpasteurized product with the "mother" in it) and/or garlic. ACV can be used both internally and externally for parasite control. It can be put into the food or into their water for internal use. If you've got fleas already then ACV can be mixed 50/50 with water as a bath/dip or in a spray bottle and sprayed onto the coat then combed through. Just some food for thought. Also keep the house clean, vacuum often.
If you are set on using chemical flea preventatives then yes, do cut down on the dose. I've never used Frontline so I can't comment on dosages for the product.
He's right at 5 pounds. Last vet visit he was a shade over, 5.1 I think?What Dow Brody weigh? I saw you mentionedon another thread how pics are so deceiving. I'm just comparing he and Miya. To me, they look similar in pics. Miya is 5.75, I'd have to search for my measuring tape to find out her current height
Ya know Kat I really hesistate to tell anyone to forego the flea treatments because this is such an awful year for them! They are epidemic in many areas. They have even developed resistance to many of the topicals and they aren't working anymore. They are super bugs. :foxes15: I think we all just have to do the research for our area of the country and weigh the risks and benefits! I did hear that capstar can be bought over the counter. Not sure if that's true but it wouldn't hurt to look it up.Tracy, I checked out the link you shared on Amazon and was reading the ingredients. We actually have a lemongrass spray that we mist on our (human)selves before taking walks to keep the bugs away. A few drops of essential oil (from a reliable source, lol; we use a lot of natural things here so quality is important to us) diluted in a 16oz bottle is all we use, and even me who is usually Thanksgiving dinner for mosquitoes; has not had a single bite since using it. I would LOVE to stop using topicals on my babies but had a horrible infestation last spring; and now that we live out in the woods I know prevention is important. You think if I skipped a month and just used the lemongrass spray before taking them outside that it would be worth a try?? I'm just nervous after switching from hardwood floor to carpeting; de-flea-ing our last home was a chore and I can't imagine how hard it would be if they got into the environment here, LOL. If it keeps the squito's off my furkids I'll be happy as that'll also lessen the chances of heartworm. I know you've probably told me this a billion times but do you give anything for Brody for heartworm??