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Hi Candy, Before we go any further, I thought a Licensed Veterinarian would be answering my question. ?
I appreciate your thoughtful answer. What you say about fleas makes sense. I have 3 dogs and every once is a while ONE flea shows up on one of the other dogs, so there is certainly an occasional flea.
Bella cannot be on any of the flea preventatives. They raise her liver values. Her liver values were off the charts on one visit and I had JUST put Frontline on her that morning. My vet here in Santa Cruz, Jay Vick, didn't think it was possible, so I held off any flea treatment except cedar oil from Wondercide for 6 weeks and her liver values had returned to normal. So since there, two years now, I have only used this product from Wondercide on all the dogs. As they do not leave my property except of very rare occasions, I have a very mild flea situation fortunately.
I will start using the Wondercide directly on her back end. She is obviously VERY itchy back there .
I did run her in to the vet and they found nothing other than dry skin. Her tummy seemed sensitive and I freaked out thinking she was getting twisted tummy (torsion); I am obviously a bit paranoid. Love this dog and hate that she is now 9!! Can't believe it.
Anyway, thanks very much. I appreciate it.