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Does anyone know of a good flea control? I don't trust the products like advantage and advantix. Plus, I think they are WAY overpriced. So far I've been flea combing every other day, bathing the animals with the blue dawn soap ( I read it's the only one that kills fleas) And vacuuming with a hepa filter everyday. So far it's been working well, but if you guys know of a good repellent I could use on the pets, that would be awesome info to know.
 

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well I had cats and although they were indoor we got them. I only sprinkled borax on the carper and then vacumed up the excess. In the garage I mixed ammonia water and borax and mopped. It was verrrrrry infested in the garage. I removed pets and let the water stand then mopped up the excess. They were gone in the garage. on the pets I have not tried any of the natural products
 

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I'd rather use the advantage/frontline once than repeatedly do other less effective things. Make sure you talk to your vet about deworming your pets -- fleas carry tapeworms, so pets with fleas often have tapeworms too.
 

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I'd rather use the advantage/frontline once than repeatedly do other less effective things. Make sure you talk to your vet about deworming your pets -- fleas carry tapeworms, so pets with fleas often have tapeworms too.</div>
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This is true! If you notice weight loss, poor hair coat, eating more than usual, or something that looks like rice int their feces, they may have tapeworms.<br><br>
Also, cedar chips are a good repellant that you can use where your dog sleeps, but it will not kill fleas.<br><br>
Advantage/Frontline/other once-a-month flea meds work differently than you might think. "The first active ingredient is imidacloprid, which acts on the nervous system of the flea to cause paralysis and subsequent death. Within 12 hours of application, 98-100 percent of fleas are dead. The second active ingredient, pyriproxyfen, is an insect growth regulator. Once a female flea lays her eggs, pyriproxyfen works to prevent the eggs from hatching, ending the flea life cycle. Cautions:Individual sensitivities, while rare, may occur after using any pesticide product for pets. If signs persist, or become more severe, consult a veterinarian immediately. Do not get this product in your pet's eyes or mouth." The only way to kill fleas is a pesticide (whether it be a flea shampoo or something like Frontline). Most vets will sell one month of something if you don't want to continually use it. I would recommend using it once, then use repellants afterwards. Basically to kill, then prevent.<br><br>
If you have a cat that has fleas, BE SURE TO USE A CAT FLEA KILLER!!! A dog flea treatment can kill cats (the cat can lick it off and die from overdose) because it has a different pesticide.
 

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I've been considering using advantage/advantix. Anyone know the safest brand?
 

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I've been considering using advantage/advantix. Anyone know the safest brand?</div>
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They're all going to be fairly safe. Unless your dog has a hypersensitivity to it, you can use any of them. They're all pretty much the same thing. Some may have slightly lower or higher percentages of certain things in it. but it's so small that they're all really about the same. (By the way, the only difference between Advantage and Advantix is that Advantage kills fleas and things like that while Advantix also kills ticks.)
 

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I remember researching these chemical spot on flea treatments for my cat and some do seem to be safer than others. I'm not sure how it is for dogs, but I'm thinking it's probably not too different as far as risks and reactions to the ingredients might go. It's not unheard of for pets to have bad reactions or even die from some of these products, so whichever one you decide to try, make sure you research it and the ingredients thoroughly before using it.<br><br>
You may also be interested in this article on natural flea control:<br><a href="http://www.care2.com/greenliving/5-solutions-for-natural-flea-control.html" target="_blank">http://www.care2.com/greenliving/5-s...a-control.html</a>
 

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I remember researching these chemical spot on flea treatments for my cat and some do seem to be safer than others. I'm not sure how it is for dogs, but I'm thinking it's probably not too different as far as risks and reactions to the ingredients might go. It's not unheard of for pets to have bad reactions or even die from some of these products, so whichever one you decide to try, make sure you research it and the ingredients thoroughly before using it.<br><br>
You may also be interested in this article on natural flea control:<br><a href="http://www.care2.com/greenliving/5-solutions-for-natural-flea-control.html" target="_blank">http://www.care2.com/greenliving/5-s...a-control.html</a></div>
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Actually it's quite different as they are two different species of animals. Permethrin is a neurotoxin in cats, but not in dogs. Therefore, if you have a cat AND a dog, it's often safer to go with a product for the dog that does not contain it, in case the cat grooms the dog (e.g. Use Frontline instead of Advantix). There are also cat products (hartz I think? and other cheap ones) that contain permethrin, and those are not appropriate for use in cats.
 
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