FLEA PROTECTION

by sherry
(flORIDA)

I have always used Frontline Plus in controlling fleas and had success. Now both my dogs have fleas. They are given it as usual, have not been anywhere that i think could have had a huge infestation of fleas.......Have been told perhaps the fleas have become immune to it.


The vet had told me last year about Trifexis, a heartworm/flea product combined. they had never dealt with the coton breed but did say it had caused some small dogs problems. I see on the internet they do not give it to dogs under 5 lbs now. At the time I was scared to put mine on it and as Frontline was working, wanted to stick with it.

Do any of you Coton owners use it? Cotton weighs 10.3 lbs Candie 14lbs.

I need to do something but am scared of something new. Could really use some help here as the vet. just does not deal with any other cotons.

DO ANY OF YOU USE TRIFEXES AND HAVE YOU HAD ANY PROBLEMS WITH IT?????

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May 14, 2013
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Revolution NEW
by: kAREN

I use revolution on my Coton's and they have never had fleas. It also prevent heartworm.

Oct 02, 2012
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flea protection
by: sherry cotton candie

We thank all of you for your input and experience in dealing with our flea problem. Sounds as though trifexis is safe enough. It is just so scary giving new meds to our babies.

I ended up taking Cotton to the vet.....it was nail trimming time anyway, they suggested trying comfortis for now. Problem is they both are due for their heartguard on the 6th so I need to wait until the middle of the month before giving it to them.

I will do as you all have suggested and give it in two or three doses and after they eat. I am hoping they tolerate it well. After I use up what heartguard I have I think I would like to try the trifexis.

Vet says this comfortis works on the fleas nervous system but after a while I wonder if it might build up in our dogs system as well?

I agree with you Gale and wish there was a safer natural product to use. Candie tolerates these fleas rather well (I think she is used to them) being a rescue dog. Cotton had never had them and they drive her crazy, we are always looking thru their hair and picking them off when we can see any.

I bought flea shampoo and powder and will try and keep them under control as best we can for now. Lots of vacuming and bed washing. Guess this is just a great year for fleas, never had the Frontline not work on anything.

Again, thank all of you for your advice, these little Cotons are extra special and I believe a little more sensitive to products than other breeds. Great to have such a good support group.

Oct 01, 2012
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Safe flea control options
by: Gale

I have always used topical flea treatments for Luc such as Advantage or Frontline and haven't had any flea problems. BUT I have been concernced with the long term effects of using these chemicals. There are many frightening studies about the harm these treatments can cause. (http://www.peta.org/issues/Companion-Animals/flea-control-safe-solutions.aspx)

I'm wondering if anyone has had any success with the more natural/non-toxic flea prevention remedies such as black walnut or Skin-so-Soft or any other safer flea control products.


Sep 30, 2012
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Flea Protection
by: Carol


For the first time, our 2 year old Coton, Chewie, was infested with fleas this summer. Our vet suggested Frontline, which worked for about three weeks. Fleas returned, and the poor little guy was so
miserable. Our vet suggested Trifexes which works wonderfully.
Chewie is 13 pounds and given the exact dosage for his size.
We give him the pill with food, and so far after two months, he seems to tolerate the pill well.

According to the Vet, this has been a very, very bad year for fleas, and it seems that some dogs have become immune to Frontline.

Sep 29, 2012
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flea protection
by: Iris Miller

, and especially here for ticks since we live in CT. where lyme disease prevails. Tuffy had been on K9 Advantix, when he got Lyme isease a couple of years ago.It was severely painful for him and he was on antibiotics for a full month.The k9 advantix also caused him infection on his skin and did not do a good job preventing fleas. Since then the Frontline plus is doing a good job.It is important to keep him away from other dogs and soil and grass where fleas live. They can also infest your carpeting. I always check Tuffy all over for any hitchikers on him before we go in the house and when I comb and brush him. Fleas aly eggs in the soil so if your dog is ouside and lying around on the dirt or grass he is a free meal waiting for those little buggers. Good luck.
love, Tuffy's mom

Sep 29, 2012
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Now Using Trifexis on all 3
by: Kathy

I started using Trifexis when it came out. I had used Comfortis on Daisy (my oldest Coton) because she is a flea magnet. What I've seen is that the topicals I have used have lost their effectiveness. With Comfortis, Daisy would occasionally have an upset stomach, so I made sure that she had eaten before giving her the pill, but would wait an hour or so (did not give it with the meal).

This seems to work with the Trifexis as well. The Trifexis requires a blood test because it has heartworm medication in it. Heartworm meds require a test first to be sure the dog is not infected before giving the medicine.

Sep 29, 2012
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flea protection
by: Anonymous

I have been using triflexs for about 6 months with no problems. I always make sure he has some food in his belly before giving it to him. He is 13lbs.

Sep 29, 2012
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Flea protection
by: Kathy S

Our vet switched to Parastar and is no longer selling Frontline for the same reason. I have two Cotons that are 9 and 11 pounds. Parastar is topical like Frontline.

Sep 28, 2012
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Trifexis
by: Bentley's Mom

We just started using Trifexis this month per our Vet's recommendation. Bentley is also 10.3. He has a sensitive stomach and we have had no issues at all! He chewed the pill immediately...with the topicals he hated them and would wiggle all over the rugs to get rid of it.

Sep 28, 2012
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flea protection
by: Debra

I have used Comfortis on my Coton, Heathcliff. Our vet told me that the ones applied on the back are usually effective only 3 weeks of the month whereas the Comfortis is effective for 4 weeks. The vet did caution me to make sure 2 weeks elapse between it and his Heartgard because those 2 drugs might interact badly. Comfortis might cause tummy upset so you must give it with food. I usually give Heathcliff his in 4 separate pieces with 4 meals.

Sep 28, 2012
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Flea Protection
by: Ellie

Sheri, what timing. Just went to the Vet a few hours ago to buy flea
protection for Oliver, who is large for a Coton at 20 lbs. Our Vet stopped using Frontline because it doesn't work any more. He recommends Vectra for fleas and ticks, and I started using it about 6 mos. ago. He also carries Trifexis so I asked about that. I was told it is in pill form and that a blood test is required before starting it.
I bought the Vectra again and as it is somewhat oily and needs to be applied from neck to tail, I dose him a couple of days before the groomers come. There is also Comfortes, which is given orally. The
Vectra seems to work and we had a bad flea season here in So. Cal. as well. Just make sure it is the right dosage for their weight.
Good luck.

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