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Old 10-03-2007, 07:30 AM
 
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Question Cold Weather People: flea preventative in winter?

I have a dog and a cat. I currently have them on Frontline (cat) and K9 Advantix (dog). I live in the northeast so I was wondering once we get a hard freeze if I should give up the flea/tick preventatives until early spring, say starting again in March before all of the critters come out. I would like to give them a break from the meds if possible since they are heavy duty, but if there is a good chance they will still pick up some fleas then I guess I'll just continue through the winter. My greatest concern is usually ticks, but once we get a hard freeze here I know that danger is gone.

The cat is an indoor cat and my dog generally just goes on walks in the neighborhood/in my yard, but does go to the dog park once every 2 weeks or so. We just keep the cat on Frontline just in case the dog brings something home since it takes 12 hours for the Advantix to kill them.
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Old 10-03-2007, 07:59 AM
 
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I live in the northeast, and I don't treat my dogs for fleas and ticks in the winter. It seems like a waste of money. If there are no fleas in your house, they won't have fleas throughout the winter. Just be alert to any sudden unseasonably warm periods during the winter because the fleas and ticks can hatch again.
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Old 10-03-2007, 09:47 AM
 
Location: Tejas
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If youre worried about the meds being too heavy duty, have you tried a shampoo ? Wash them once a month. I use Tar-Ific shampoo. Its medicated. It keeps my dogs coat real shiny and flea and tick free.

PPP - Professional Pet Products
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Old 10-03-2007, 03:48 PM
 
Location: Ladysmith,Wisconsin
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Going to dog park may get fleas from someone who does not treat ever.
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Old 10-03-2007, 04:26 PM
 
Location: Central Jersey
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I have a dog and a cat. I currently have them on Frontline (cat) and K9 Advantix (dog). I live in the northeast so I was wondering once we get a hard freeze if I should give up the flea/tick preventatives until early spring, say starting again in March before all of the critters come out. I would like to give them a break from the meds if possible since they are heavy duty, but if there is a good chance they will still pick up some fleas then I guess I'll just continue through the winter. My greatest concern is usually ticks, but once we get a hard freeze here I know that danger is gone.

The cat is an indoor cat and my dog generally just goes on walks in the neighborhood/in my yard, but does go to the dog park once every 2 weeks or so. We just keep the cat on Frontline just in case the dog brings something home since it takes 12 hours for the Advantix to kill them.
I'm in New Jersey and I keep my pooches on both of them year round. I know it's expensive however I know if I stop for the winter I'll probably forget to start them up in the spring and just have a headache to deal with.
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Old 10-03-2007, 05:44 PM
 
Location: NC
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When I lived in NC, my vet told me I could stop the flea/tick medicine from Oct thru March.. However, I am currently living in a dog friendly apartment complex and I choose to treat my dog year round due to the fact that we have a dog park in the complex and the plethora of dogs in the complex.
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Old 10-03-2007, 06:43 PM
 
Location: Camano Island, WA
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I keep my two on Frontline year round.
Don't forget fleas/flea eggs can lay dormant in carpeting, lamp shades, vacuum bags, bedding... no matter what the weather is outside.
Crank up the heater in the winter and if there are any camping out in the house, they'll be sure to make a showing sooner or later...
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Old 10-03-2007, 09:47 PM
 
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I guess it really depends on your situation. I never treat for flea/tick because we don't have an issue here.

When I lived where it was warm and humid climate but we had a winter I would stop the treatment through the winter. Later I stopped altogether because we no longer had the problem anyway. If you don't normally have fleas then it shouldn't be an issue. Your dog can pick them up walking or others can bring them in your home. I try to keep to flea free doggie friends. I can't have fleas in my home (some people can and it won't bother them and only bother the dog if untreated) because I have a very bad allergy to their bite. When we had got them somehow in the house I knew right off there were a few and the whole house was treated (went camping for the weekend).
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Old 10-03-2007, 09:55 PM
 
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I really only treat for fleas when a flea problem arises. In my labrador's 10 years, he's only needed treated for fleas twice. Both times, he caught the fleas at the groomer. Both times, it happened in the summer a couple weeks after being at the groomer. I treated him for a couple of months and then stopped. He didn't catch fleas again. Honestly, I truly don't understand why people treat their dogs continuously for fleas. But I guess some areas of the country have bigger flea problems than other areas.
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Old 10-04-2007, 07:00 PM
 
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When we lived in Wisconsin, we stopped October thru March because we hadn't had any fleas/ticks previously where they would have gotten into the house, and up north, fleas and ticks aren't really around in the winter months. That being said, if your dog comes in contact with another that has chronic flea/tick problems where it has likely become an indoor problem as well, it is very possible a problem could develop for your pooch. I don't like to put chemicals on my guys every month. We have never had fleas or ticks, and even though they are a huge problem down here in Florida, we have still never had a problem, and if it pops up, Frontline starts killing so fast that you can nip it in the bud pretty quickly. I do still use the frontline fairly consistently, just not necessarily every month. It totally depends on your situation and your dogs possible exposure.
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