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Hello. Thanks for writing in. My name is***** and I would be happy to help you. I do have a couple more questions, though, to see if I can better assess your situation.
Where exactly do you live?
What flea and parasite medication is your 5 month old puppy on?
Thanks for the information. If he never goes outside, then the risk of catching intestinal parasites is low. If he is on the Heartgard, though, hookworms and roundworms shouldn't be an issue. Now, it is very possible for you or your dog to track fecal matter inside by accident. If that fecal matter had intestinal worm eggs, then he will be exposed. As far as the fleas go, it really isn't that simple. Even on Advantix II, you can expect a few fleas to find their way onto your pup. NOTHING is 100% effective. Those fleas can find their way onto your older dog. In addition, flea eggs and larvae can be tracked inside without knowing. Just like a fly or other insect can find their way into your house, so can a flea. I have seen many indoor only cats with flea problems when not on prevention. It is no different for dogs. I can understand not wanting to use it on him, but Advantix II is such a safe medication, that I wouldn't worry about it. If it was an over the counter brand like Hartz or Sargent's, I would be more concerned. Keeping him off the prevention will definitely make your environment more open to a flea infestation. Once that is established, it takes a minimum of 2-3 months to get it back under control. Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns. Hope this helps.
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