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Old 04-13-2012, 07:49 AM
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is there a "Proper" time to wait between a bath and the application of flea drops? I remember the groomer telling me to wait a couple of days when I had Charlie bathed and clipped when I first got him.

I use a moisturizing shampoo, its not strong and stripping. I am headed on vacation and wanted to bath him the night before we leave, then put his Advantage Multi on the morning we leave. He's going with me and its about a 3 hour drive, so I thought it would have time to get into his system while we're in the car.

any suggestions?
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Old 04-13-2012, 09:39 AM
Location: West Virginia
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Bathe 1st when dog is dry apply flea proventive. That way You sure your not removing the proventive!
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Old 04-13-2012, 10:18 AM
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
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i used to bathe my dogs on teh day they were scheduled for their flea preventative..... would wait until they were good and dry and apply....

BUT.... i have since learned that it is best to wait a couple of days after a bath to apply the flea preventative.... apparently the oils in the dog's skin help it distribute over their body better.....

fwiw.... i have never had a problem with fleas, even when i was applying the preventative on bath day.......
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Old 04-13-2012, 12:10 PM
Location: North Western NJ
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officially as long as the dog is COMPLETLY dry it should be fine, perosnally i wait 24 hours. (ill bath early one morning and fleas drops the morning. gives the oils a chance to build back up and those oils are what helps spread the topicals over the body.
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Old 04-13-2012, 01:19 PM
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A trick is to bath the dog, dray it completely and applyt he treatment. Usually about 12 hours after application, if you give the dog a real good rubdown, that will stimulate the treatement laden oils to increase and be spread over the body to fill in for the oils washed away during the bath. basically your speaeding up the natural distribution with the rubdown.
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