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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-05-2015, 03:04 PM Thread Starter
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Fleas and Advantage

I took Oliver to the vet the day that I started noticing fleas on his paws (ouch, poor guy), and this was a few days ago. We have been vacuuming and overhauling bedsheets and pillows since then. At the vet, she weighed him and suggested flea medication (Advantage). I gave her the go-ahead to give him a dose (30-day), and then I can go back and have it done at the vet, so I can have peace of mind knowing that I won't mess it up. I was wondering how well this has worked for any of you if you've tried it?
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I use Advantage II and it works great. Used to use Frontline and it worked great, too, until one day it didn't -- don't know if the formula changed or the fleas became immune.
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When our dog started bringing fleas into the house I decided to go with the highest rated/most recommended flea treatment, which was Advantage II.

It's pretty darn expensive for 3 cats, but it works like a charm.

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I use Advantage II and it works great. Used to use Frontline and it worked great, too, until one day it didn't -- don't know if the formula changed or the fleas became immune.
It sounds like it'd be interesting to test that out in a petri dish or something.
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Yes it would! My guess is that the fleas that survived Frontline mated and produced young that weren't as affected by it, ad nauseum. Or that there were so many health problems in the cats with Frontline that they changed the formula to be easier on the cats, and thus, easier on the fleas.
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I've used Advantage II for my two cats when they were little kittens and had a few fleas from their foster homes. Worked well enough, but I used Revolution for the following month since it also provided them protection against earmites and as a worm preventative.

However, since my two are indoor only and I've no other pets (and neither do my neighbors), I've decided no more spot treatments are needed for now, knock on wood. FYI, I also don't wear shoes indoors in my apartment, though fleas can also be hitch a ride on your clothing if you walk through dog parks or through tall grass where fleas/ticks live.

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Yes it would! My guess is that the fleas that survived Frontline mated and produced young that weren't as affected by it, ad nauseum. Or that there were so many health problems in the cats with Frontline that they changed the formula to be easier on the cats, and thus, easier on the fleas.
It reminds me of antibiotics and the resistance that the bacteria can build up and pass on.
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I've used Advantage II for my two cats when they were little kittens and had a few fleas from their foster homes. Worked well enough, but I used Revolution for the following month since it also provided them protection against earmites and as a worm preventative.

However, since my two are indoor only and I've no other pets (and neither do my neighbors), I've decided no more spot treatments are needed for now, knock on wood. FYI, I also don't wear shoes indoors in my apartment, though fleas can also be hitch a ride on your clothing if you walk through dog parks or through tall grass where fleas/ticks live.
Thanks for the info I didn't know about the shoes thing. I don't wear them in the house regardless, but some food for thought! thank you again
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