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Hello, my name isXXXXX I can help answer your question about Max and Little Dog.
Sorry about the flea trouble, this can be frustrating .... and I definitely empathize with not wanting to use chemicals.
However most of the flea/tick products are safe for pets and people
Obviously we will want to avoid your son touching the greasy spot left by the product which lingers for 2-3 days
Sometimes we also have to treat secondary skin infections and stop the itch with a mild anti-histamine/steroid to break the cycle. Along with flea control
If I had to choose the safest topical flea/tick product on the market this would be Frontline
The pesticide used in this product Fipronil, is mild and commonly used in agriculture. The second ingredient S-methoprene is an insect hormone that affects only insects
You are recommending Frontline instead?
For someone who is cautious about flea/tick products - I would use Frontline over Advantix. However, if there are visible fleas on the dogs, advantix will be a faster kill.
Yes I would recommend frontline.
The other nice thing about Frontline is that it spreads over the body through the natural oils in the skin (as do most of the products) and reapplies itself through the subaceous glands, making it a bit more water proof than the other products
FRontline Plus Topical is your suggestion?
If you want to use up your Advantage, that's understandable seeing as these products are expensive ..... yes 2 1/4 tube for the Dane and 3/4 tube for the Boston terrier would be appropriate.
Yes, Frontline Plus .... I feel that long term it's a more mild product
But it wouldn't hurt to use up your advantage now, and invest in frontline to follow up with on a monthly basis.
So it would be OK to start with the Asvantage 2 that we have? And you do agree with the dosing amounts?
As much as we want to stay away from pesticides .... fleas carry diseases as well.
Yes I agree with the doses you have laid out
Just to ask...have you seen any serious issues from these 2 products in your own practice or do you deem them as acceptably safe? (i.e. you would use them on your own dogs).
The itching may continue to be a problem, as one flea bite can continue the itchiness for up to three months.
If this is a problem, you can give benadryl (diphenhydramine) over the counter - at 1 mg/lb for each dog 2-3 times daily. This will help with the itchiness.
Main adverse reactions I see to advantage 2 is in cats, it's not labeled for use in cats and they will start to seizure if pyrethrins are applied.
Most dogs handle it just fine
I would and do apply frontline to my own dogs. I would apply advantage too if need be
So I use the (3) tubes I have and then switch in (1) month to Frontline?
Hopefully this helps. Do you have any other questions.
OK. Last question...Do you have any experience using Vitamin C in dogs for itching? (it is a reasonably potent antihistimine)
Probably wont cut it for flea reaction pruritus (itchiness)
Sometimes even the benadryl isn't enough and we have to use prescription level steroids/antihistamines short term to break the cycle of itching
OK. Thank you for your help. Here is an interesting study on Vitamin C but I understand that it may not be enough:http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1578094Well,I guess we'll give the Advantage and Vitamin C a go keeping Benadryl on the back burner. Thanks so much for your assistance.
You are very welcome and thanks for the info on the study. I'm always open to new possibilities.
The study was in humans, but it seems plausible to extrapolate to dogs. Of course, humans don't make their own Vitamin C endogenously like dogs do so it might be a bit different.
I'll let you know in a month how we are doing. I'll rate you EXCELLENT now. Thanks!
Yes I would imagine so. You are very welcome. Have a great night