We have a pure bread Great Dane
(2) years old and a pure bred Boston Terrier
(2.5) years old. Dane weighs approx. 150 lbs. Terrier weighs approx. 15 pounds. We have a small flea problem. We try to use as few chemicals as possible as my (3.5) year old son and I are sensitive to chemicals and have reactions and we, in general, try to minimize exposure to chemicals/pesticides. Therefore, we have used diatomaceous earth to control the problem from getting out of hand in the house and it is doing a good job but it is not doing enough to completely stop the fleas on the dogs. The Terrier, in particular, seems particularly bothered with itching. We are looking at using Advantage 2. We have a few questions:
1) In your opinion and based on your professional empirical observations, do the benefits of stopping itching, hair loss, biting
, disease, infestation, etc. outweigh the risks associated with its use? (death
, anaphylaxis, seizures
2) I have (3) Large Dog (21-55 lb.) tubes of Advantage 2 left over from (2) years ago when we treated the Dane when he was a puppy (before I was aware of any deleterious effects associated with this drug). Can we still use those unopened tubes safely (I do not see an expiration date) or should we buy a new supply? How do we do dose?- 3/4 tube on Terrier and 2 1/4 tubes on Dane? Or via another method of distribution? Please advise.
3) Should I be greatly concerned over the use of this drug?
Thank you for your informed response.