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So I took Bambi into the shower yesterday and I noticed all these black spots on her and when I took a closer look, they were fleas and flea eggs...I don't know how she got them...but I went to Petco and I bought her flea shampoo, carpet cleaner and a package of Advantage....I put the advantage on her yesterday at around 7pm...and she is still a little itchy. I pulled out what I thought were all the fleas on her in the shower...but she still itches. I gotta call her vet today...but can anyone tell me about advantage? Can I still groom her with the advantage on her? And if I feel like its not working...when can I put the next dose of it on her?
 

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If advantage is anything like revolution it will take 72 to kill all the living flees on her.
I don't think you can put an other treatment on her for a month. You should consult with your vet.

We had the same issue, make sure you vacume all your carpets and clean all the puppies bedding and your if they sleep with you. I'm not sure what kind of spray you got but I did get one that you can also spray on the carpet after you have vacumed and also on the floors in corners, funiture.

Oh an I was told by my vet not to bath them for the 72 hours so the revolution can start working. What did the eggs look like... I have never see it. just curisous
 

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Originally posted by Chelsey@Jul 6 2005, 10:57 AM
What did the eggs look like... I have never see it.  just curisous
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The black spots you see are not the eggs, but "flea poop". The fleas bite the animal, suck the blood, and excrete digested blood. It looks black, but if you wet it, it turns blood red.

I swear by Frontline spray. Advantage doesn't work for Lady since it's not waterproof and I bathe her weekly. The Frontline spray works just as long as the spot on (3 months), but it also kills fleas instantly. It's much more econonical, too, since I can also use it on my cats. I just spray some on a cosmetic puff and rub it on their coats.
 

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A Capstar pill from your vet will help to kill the fleas that are still on her.
Make sure you treat your carpet and vacuum and throw out the bag.
A flea collar in your vacuum bag will also help.
I use Advantage because Frontline wasn't working for me.
I might try the spray next time around that Ladysmom raves about.
I have also been rinsing Brink in Downy to see if that wards them off like some say. Hubby says he smells like a clean towel.

They are pesty little things...I feel for ya!
 

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Originally posted by tlunn@Jul 6 2005, 12:03 PM
I use Advantage because Frontline wasn't working for me.
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I also use the spray. One bottle will last you about 2 years and only cost $30. You do 1-2 pumps per pound. When you spray make sure it is in a well ventilated area and you are supposed to wear gloves. Wash your hand afterwards.
 

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I just ordered a new bottle of Frontline spray from one of our SM sponsors, entirelypets.com. I was having trouble getting it from 2 of my regular catalogues, so I deceided to try them. I was very pleased. They guarentee that their products are FDA approved (I was worried about counterfeits). The price was fabulous, under $22, reasonable shipping, and super fast delivery! I ordered it on Friday and got it yesterday (Tuesday) even with a holiday in there!

http://www.entirelypets.com/fronspray2501.html
 

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From what I remember reading, Advantage is waterproof...but is there really a difference between frontline and advantage? And I called the vet this morning and when I told her I bought Advantage from Petco she said that its a different kind of advantage. I spent $50 on four tubes and I believe its the same kind...was the receptionist at the vet telling the truth? Are there different types of Advantage? Im going to go home on my lunch break and sprinkle the carpet again with that stuff and vacuum it again. I threw my sheets into the wash and I threw her bedding into the wash too. I shampood the cloth thingy at the bottom of her carrier with antiflea shampoo and I think I have taken all the precautions. I hope this works!!!

Originally posted by LadysMom@Jul 6 2005, 10:25 AM
I just ordered a new bottle of Frontline spray from one of our SM sponsors, entirelypets.com. I was having trouble getting it from 2 of my regular catalogues, so I deceided to try them. I was very pleased. They guarentee that their products are FDA approved (I was worried about counterfeits). The price was fabulous, under $22, reasonable shipping, and super fast delivery! I ordered it on Friday and got it yesterday (Tuesday) even with a holiday in there!

http://www.entirelypets.com/fronspray2501.html
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Originally posted by LadysMom@Jul 6 2005, 01:25 PM
I just ordered a new bottle of Frontline spray from one of our SM sponsors, entirelypets.com. I was having trouble getting it from 2 of my regular catalogues, so I deceided to try them. I was very pleased. They guarentee that their products are FDA approved (I was worried about counterfeits). The price was fabulous, under $22, reasonable shipping, and super fast delivery! I ordered it on Friday and got it yesterday (Tuesday) even with a holiday in there!

http://www.entirelypets.com/fronspray2501.html
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If the Frontline spray for the puppy or the carpet or both.
 

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Originally posted by Chelsey+Jul 6 2005, 01:23 PM-->
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I just ordered a new bottle of Frontline spray from one of our SM sponsors, entirelypets.com. I was having trouble getting it from 2 of my regular catalogues, so I deceided to try them. I was very pleased. They guarentee that their products are FDA approved (I was worried about counterfeits). The price was fabulous, under $22, reasonable shipping, and super fast delivery! I ordered it on Friday and got it yesterday (Tuesday) even with a holiday in there!

http://www.entirelypets.com/fronspray2501.html
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If the Frontline spray for the puppy or the carpet or both.
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The dog. It is just like the individual tubes but it is in a spray bottle and a lot cheaper.
 

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Oh I am having a horrible problem with fleas as well!!!! Tessa brought them home from Southern California about 10 days ago and gave them to my Rottweiler so now there are so many I feel overwhelmed. I used Capstar on Tessa the first day I saw them and gave Tessa Advantage and Morgan (my Rottweiler) Frontline. I purchased both of these at a pet store and they don't seem to be working. I personally like Revolution but very few vets here prescribe it. It worked wonders on Morgan when she was a puppy. I never had a flea problem.

Tessa has been getting baths like crazy and I have pulled off every flea each time with the help of my fiance. I wash her the flea shampoo by Biogroom. I thought that all the fleas had been taken care of until I found a ton again on her yesterday.

I assume my Rottweiler has them pretty bad but I can't see them on her obviously. I bought so much stuff for the house to kill the fleas and got a brand new vacuum from Costco and I have been vaccuming every few days. My downstairs is all Spanish tile so the upstairs is my only concern.

I am really bummed about the fleas because Tessa's tear stains were almost completely gone!!!! I couldn't believe it! She is getting her adult teeth and she has been looking so beautiful lately (I need to put up a picture for you all to see).

The absolute worst part to this pesty flea business is that I get bit by fleas like crazy. I have always been prone to insect bites (maybe I have sweet blood--I don't believe any of that mambo jambo) but I have been itching like crazy myself. I apply OFF all over my body every night before bed and I swear our bed smells like a campsite.

Best of luck with your fleas....let me know if you find something to get rid of them. I will be purchasing the Frontline Spray that Ladysmom recommended.


The Flea Victims,

Nousha, Tessa and Morgan
 

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Advantage is not really "not waterproof", but you have to be careful to use a soap free shampoo or it washes out. I bathe Lady weekly and it just didn't work for us. She'd be crawling with fleas a week after I applied it.

I switched to Frontline as it is concentrated in the sebaceous glands of their skin and doesn't come off with bathing. I find it will last the full 3 months on her.
 

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I had the same problem. chelsey had fle's last month and we took her and chester to the vet got revolution and gave them flea baths. Well last week she was swarmed with them again... i was so made. spending 300 bucks for the vet and those things were back. Well my vet said that she call the company and if it does not work this time they will refund our money and supply us with an other product. I also put the revolution on them again . Revolution garentees the sencond application not the first on as it can miss some. It is suppost to kill the live fea's in 72 hours. So right now they are all gone...
lets see what happens next month. I really hate bugs and they were crawling on my puppy ... i was so mad... poor chelsey and chester.
 

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Don't forget to change your vaccum filter and or bag. That can hold flee eggs and no matter how hard you vaccum they won't go away. We even put a flea collar in the bag to help kill the ones picked up.
 

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Originally posted by Lexi's Mom@Jul 6 2005, 02:49 PM
What you buy at petstores is not the same Frontline that you get at a vet's office.  Petstore's sell Frontline and vet's offices sell Frontline Plus.  Not sure how they are different but they are.
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You can go to the Frontline website and the differences are explained. Frontline is the newer of the 2.

http://frontline.us.merial.com/products/index.asp

And do remember that there are counterfeit flea products on the market, so be very careful where you buy your Frontline or Advantage. Here are some guidelines from the EPA:

http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/factsheets/petproduct.htm
 

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Don't fleas drown in water? I have always noticed that they do. So just washing your loose rugs, dog bedding, etc. will take care of those.....I just don't like to use any more pesticides than necessary.

For the rest of the summer, continue to vacuum frequently, change dog bedding frequently (wash) and spray beneficial nematodes in your yard. These are non-toxic ways to keep the flea population down. A "spritz" before going outside with a mixture of 1 cup water, 4 drops Tea Trea Oil and 4 drops lavender oil is supposed to repel fleas. I don't think it is heavy duty stuff but for those potty trips outside it might keep any hitchhikers off. Maltese are flea magnets because they are so white and fleas are attracted to light.

The itching after the fleas are gone can be from the allergic reaction to the flea saliva when they bite. Try a soothing rinse like Aveeno.
 

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Frontline plus is like the regular frontline however it has a growth inhibiting ingredient in it and unfortunately, They do not have frontline plus for dogs less than 10 lbs - Bambi is 2.85 lbs.
I just called another vet and they said that the advantage at Petco is the same thing...as long as the brand is Advantage, it is the same thing. I just hope that the flea problem doesnt get worse. I am going to take her to the groomers soon to get her shaved until I am 100% sure the flea infestation is done.

Originally posted by Lexi's Mom@Jul 6 2005, 12:49 PM
What you buy at petstores is not the same Frontline that you get at a vet's office.  Petstore's sell Frontline and vet's offices sell Frontline Plus.  Not sure how they are different but they are.
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