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    what do you use for fleas both cats and dogs....i used promeris last year. it is strange it paralizes the jaws of the fleas and they starve to death...jumping about the whole time, so if you dont get it on them before the fleas...the dogs and cats go nuts with the jumping fleas.

    do you rotate meds for fleas and if so how?

    do you give heartworm pills? i do but only every 6 months and only as long as the breeding cycle of skeeters is still going on. i stop in the winter.

    so what have you found best for indoor and outdoor dogs?
     
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    We use frontline for fleas and ticks and interceptor for heartworm and intestinal worms.

    FYI if you stop heartworm treatment for part of the year, you should be testing your dogs every year before starting the heartworm treatment again.

    We give heartworm prevention all year round, the price of an appointment and the test is more than the cost of the extra months treatment.

    And another FYI, If you buy products like frontline and heart guard on line or at a store, those products are NOT guaranteed by the manufacturer where if you buy them from a vet, they are.

    For example, if you buy heartguard from petmeds express and you miss a month and your dog contracts heartworm, you are liable for all treatment costs. If you buy it from your vet, even if you forget to give it and your dog contracts heartworm, the cost of treatment will be paid by Merial.
     
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    nothing, there are no fleas up here, or none that ever get on my cat....?

    amazing really....we had no fleas in our yard or on our cat in massachusetts either?

    ticks? whole nuther story, one skip in the woods and they probably got ya.
     
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    i know about the voiding and all...we live in a rather isolated area where heartworms are being brought in by floridians...the blain of the universe...i am very care to watch the weather when it hits a certian temp the skeeters breeding cycle is broken...i think we give our dogs way too much shit as is..and they do retest them ,,,vets hide a lot of little secrets....like that heartworms meds only need to be given every 6 weeks...not monthly...they dont think the customers are smart enough to remember ever 6 weeks....

    i used frontline but it seem to stop working...i am thinking maybe you need to rotate them somehow...
     
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    Heartgard and in the summer for fleas and ticks he gets shaved, washed regularly, skin so soft, cutter if we are going outside, vitamin B. I only use Frontline or similar products part of the time for him. The chemicals are no better for the dogs than they are for the people.
     
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    Diatomaceous Earth It is 100% natural, totally harmless to all vertebrates (humans, pets, etc) and will also de-worm dogs and cats. Will destroy the heartworm too. Get some and put it in their bedding, litter boxes, food, etc and in their coat. You will never see a flea or tick again. Four pound bag lasts you for years. Keep the pesticides and chemicals out of your animals' lives.

    Get it here:

    Diatomaceous Earth, 4 lb - Worm's Way
     
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    mosquitoes in all parts of the country can carry heart worm, you can't blame migration for that. I live in New England and we've been treating our dogs for heart worm for over 30 years. i remember when we had to put drops in the dog food daily now it's a once a month pill. there is a twice a year injection that Fort Dodge is rolling out as well called proheart.

    And the manufacturer sets the dosing and frequency of meds, not the veterinarians.
     
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    good point about manufactor and not the vets....

    thanks for the link mm
     
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    I have been using D.E. for years and swear by it. There's not a pesticide or any type of anti-insect chemical in my house, or even on my property and never will be.

    I haven't seen any type of bug in my house for at least three years, and never on any of my animals.
     
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    If you have carpet and animals Borax is a good all purpose dry cleaner too. I use it on the big throw rugs here before I vacuum.
     

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