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Old 06-17-2009, 11:42 PM
 
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We have a 10 month old puppy. We started out using Frontline for flea control but have since switched to Revolution as were told this also defends against heartworm. But, now I notice on the box that it says Frontline also protects against ticks but Revolution does not say that. We will be moving to a part of the country where ticks are prevalent but I also want our dog protected from heartworm. Any thoughts as to which flea/tick/heartworm prevention treatment is the best? TIA
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Old 06-17-2009, 11:47 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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If you do a search on this forum, you will see that Frontline is very bad for your pet. We use Revolution, but a much lower dosage than recommended and apply it every 2 months instead of every month.

Revolution prevents heartworm, treats and prevents flea infestations, protects from ticks, and controls sarcoptic mange, something none of the other products do. Only downside, it's available by prescription only.

Revolution (selamectin) stops fleas and prevents heartworms.
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Old 06-18-2009, 07:27 AM
 
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
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please bear with me ..... don't have time to sift through all of the older threads.....

why is frontline so bad??

i switched to frontline several years ago because of the tick protection it provides that revolution does not (supposedly).... but i have noticed that ticks must attach before they die......


and i also give bailey heartguard once a month for heartworm prevention......

mak ... being in san diego, where i'm guessing it is much drier than here, maybe the lower dosage every other month would work for your dog..... but my yard backs to heavy woods and i walk her in a heavily wooded and swampy park that is actually in a river flood plain, so i'm thinking she probably needs more protection........
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Old 06-18-2009, 07:30 AM
 
Location: California
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please bear with me ..... don't have time to sift through all of the older threads.....

why is frontline so bad??
I'm not sure one can say it is "bad"...It's just many animals have an allergic reaction to it. But many animals do fine on it. I have no idea why. I have never used it, so I have no first hand knowledge of it.
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Old 06-18-2009, 08:24 AM
 
Location: on an island
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I had my dogs on Frontline for just under 2 years.
They never had a bad reaction at all.
It merely quit working.
The vet said he's seen this recently with other dogs.
I was interested in Revolution for my dogs, but the vet will not carry it because he's seen too many heartworm failures (I do use Revolution on my cat.)
Anyway, after using this that and the other, we are now trying Advantage Multi.
We'll still have to look out for ticks.
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Old 06-18-2009, 08:33 AM
 
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We've used Frontline (and now Frontline Plus) for many years w/ no problems - but it can happen but any dog can be allergic or have a bad reaction to any flea preventative, medication etc.
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Old 06-18-2009, 08:39 AM
 
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Never had a problem with Frontline but DID have a problem with Revolution. One of my dogs came back with a "slight" positive for heartworm after being on revolution for about 6 months. To say the least, my kids are back on frontline and heartguard as preventitives. I'll now always go with the treatment that works for them and stick with that.
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Old 06-18-2009, 09:30 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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We actually have a severe flea problem year round in San Diego, due to the mild temperatures, but haven't had issues with fleas.

Here you go:
Frontline and neurological issues

Flea meds, the good, bad and ugly
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Old 10-20-2009, 07:01 PM
 
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I am in Australia and have an 18th month old German Shepherd female and have been treating her with Revolution but she still scratches like mad but I cannot find any fleas on her - Could she have an allergic reaction to Revolution? And what is the alternative as Frontline appears to have it's problems as well! Any suggestions.....
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Old 10-20-2009, 08:52 PM
 
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The problem with Revolution and heartworm is that if you don't apply it right, it's not going to work. I saw so many pet owners just pour it on their dog's hair without making skin contact. It doesn't work that way...

I was always a fan of Advantage and Heartgard. I haven't had to use flea protection for years now, so I just do Heartgard and leave it at that. I think oral prevention is better for heartworm.
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