Posted 30 August 2008 - 03:44 PM
I know that Mark has posted previously that splitting tablets is not a good idea for the very reason that Lisa mentions, uneven distribution of the chemical in the tablet. And Mark doesn't have a financial stake in anyone buying fewer or more tablets.
I have had flea issues this year for the first time in over ten years. I think it's partly due to the mild winter we experienced last year and also some Frontline resistence in fleas. We had a problem over ten years ago. Children's dogs brought fleas into our home. One child had a bad infestation in her home to the point that we kept some of her animals here and she had to bomb and leave her home temporarily.
I can't tell you just how much money I wasted on pet store remedies but it was over $200. Then I found a vet that would sell me Advantage without my having to bring in all seven affected animals (dogs, cats, and rabbits) at $30 each for the office visit alone. I brought the Advantage home and - bingo - no fleas in no time at all.
Sometime later, I switched to Frontline Plus as my new vets sold that and because I'd understood that Advantage-resistance was happening (if not here, then further South in real flea territory). We would go down to NC to visit relatives, I would take dogs to VA, and so on - no problems. Until this year. The relatives had Frontline-resistant fleas (which we were not aware of before going) and we had a resident flea population here. Frontline Plus was not doing the job, even applied more frequently. It would seem to knock them back for a day or two, and then you couldn't tell it had been used.
Finally, in desperation, I got Advantage (which I was using on the rabbit, because you can't use Frontline on rabbits) for the cats and dogs and, thank goodness, it did the job. Within the first few days, I found a couple of dead and dying fleas on one dog and, since then, one live flea and greatly reduced itching. After all, they have to bite in order to get a fatal dose.
Which leads me to wonder - should you rotate flea control meds monthly, every few months, yearly, whatever, to avoid resistance?
Sue Rayburn - Cleverly disguised as a responsible adult, but not the brightest firefly in the jar.
Celt, Megan, and Dan
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