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My Dax does not have any fleas and I never have had a problem with fleas ever with any of the dobies. I always gave Heartguard once a month. We walk 3-5 days a week in our neighborhood. We will begin having Nose Work practices in a local park along with other dogs present along with attending workshops and trails.
My question is should I begin a monthly flea protection. I am considering Advantage Multi since it will include the worm protection and then I would eliminate the Heartguard medication.
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We don't use flea protection. We've never had an issue with them in our cat or dog. It's probably a personal choice and varies case by case.

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You can use a Flea/Tick Tracker to help you with your decision. Here is the one I use: https://www.petcarerx.com/fleatickmap.

Starting with my latest boy (19 months), I began to use a combo Flea/Heart worm/Parasite monthly med, because between my home in Oregon and my cabin in Montana, all three are threats to my dogs' health.

I use Trifexis. Its not cheap, but its easy and McCoy and Sheriff have never had an issue with it.

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I use flea meds whenever I have a problem. For the dogs, I've had good luck with NexGuard. I need to find something for the cats, since the topicals don't seem to be working all that well any more.


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I giveNexgard every month along with Heartgard. Fleas would be DISASTROUS for me; I have a big house with a lot of carpeting and several cages of "pocket pets" (ferrets, chinchillas, and sugar gliders). Ticks are a real problem in my area and lots of dogs are diagnosed with anaplasmosis and Lyme every year. So that is what I choose to do. My dogs tolerate Nexgard well and this is my third year using it.

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I don't use a preventive.
Personally if you haven't had an issue up to this point I wouldn't treat unless there is a reason to.


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I know fleas are really bad in some areas more so than others! In KY they were SOoooo bad! You would never go anywhere without flea and worse tick protection. Here in CO even the vets try to tell you it's not necessary because we don't see many fleas. Crazy huh?
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I use flea meds whenever I have a problem. For the dogs, I've had good luck with NexGuard. I need to find something for the cats, since the topicals don't seem to be working all that well any more.
I use feline frontline for my two cats. Mimi has flea bite allergies, and if one gets it, every pet in the house must be on flea meds.



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I will also use a flea med at least. It's proactive. Plus, if one pet in the household has fleas, then all must be on something. I use Trifexis usually. But have also used Nextguard in the past. I don't like topical a to treat fleas bc it's just greasy and Ick lol.



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I use Bravecto for fleas and ticks. You give one pill every three months. Works great. I use ivermectin for heartworms.

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Fleas LOVE me! Ticks, as well. They bounce of the dog and go straight for me!

Ktrin, and I were both vaccinated against Limes Disease.

I was living with an avid hunter that would strip in the garage and go down to the basement to wash up. The ticks still made it into the upstairs bedroom to torture me.
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Haha.

We must be related.

Fleas never bother my dogs, but if there is a flea anywhere....it will find me.
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I use feline frontline for my two cats. Mimi has flea bite allergies, and if one gets it, every pet in the house must be on flea meds.
I've used Frontline Plus on Connor and Bigfoot, as they've both had a reaction to Advantage, which I used on the other four. We were really fighting the fleas last year, and the cats seemed to get the worst of it, so I'm thinking about using something else for them.
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I read somewhere, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure".

I am unsure of where that quote came from.
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I only treat if there is a problem. Never have found a tick on my dogs. Have found them on dogs I groom. If one of my clients is heading to the southern states, I recommend they treat with a product that takes care of heartworm too, before they leave. When we used to shoot coyotes, their pelts were covered in thousands of fleas. And sarcoptic mange. So no fleas in this area (from vets) doesn't fly with me.
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Thank you for this thread.

It reminds me I did find three ticks on Lily last winter, although it wasn't much of a winter.

I forgot to get her a lymes shot.

Yes, I am that kind of Mom.

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I only treat if there is a problem. Never have found a tick on my dogs. Have found them on dogs I groom. If one of my clients is heading to the southern states, I recommend they treat with a product that takes care of heartworm too, before they leave. When we used to shoot coyotes, their pelts were covered in thousands of fleas. And sarcoptic mange. So no fleas in this area (from vets) doesn't fly with me.
Yup... I have a cabin (well really a shack) in West Yellowstone MT. So right up against Wyoming and Idaho. Fleas and mosquitos are a huge issue later in the summer. Ticks... not so much. My guys being Dobies are pretty easy to check over for ticks. I have never found one in decades.

I would never take my boys there without a very good Flea, Heart worm and Parasite med. As I have no problem with ingestible meds, as some do, I currently use Trifexis.
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STJ,

Come to my neck of the woods and you will go home with ticks! LOL

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Ticks are awful here in the spring and early summer. I don't like putting pesticide type things on my dogs. I need to start thinking about the safest thing to use for May through July/August. Otherwise, we will be pulling ticks off dogs non stop. We have usually just used a topical like Frontline or Advantage. I have never put anything on Stella before so I am a little nervous.
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