So I got on the net and saw where this is happening to other dogs as well. It is not acknowledge by Bayer anywhere that I can find, that their product can have this affect. I have other dogs I have used it on for many years and they have never had a problem. I phoned my vet and was told not to use the Frontline again and we would try Advantix the next application.
Well the time is here and the dog definitely has fleas (on top of the seizures it apparently isn't working either). What I need to know is has anyone else had this problem and did the Advantix cause seizures as well? Anything you can tell me about Frontline Plus or Advantix will be greatly appreciated.
Since Bayer, the parent company of both meds does not acknowledge that there can be issues I don't know if my dog is sensitive to one chemical or if he would be sensitive to any of the chemicals. I live in the country so I really need a flea and tick preventative. Thank you so much.
By Pet owner with trouble from MO
I took my dogs off Frontline several years ago because it just did not work. I asked my friend what she used and she said Advantix. I have been using it since when I have observed fleas. I've seen no seizures and I have observed no odd behaviors. We have less of a problem with fleas since we moved to a place with pretty low humidity. It's either that or the fire ants that has kept the fleas away!
I too hated applying insecticide to my dogs' skin. My vet told me about a new product on the market that you might want to try. It is called Comfortis. It is made up of good bacteria that kills fleas and is taken once a month orally. No insecticide! Ask your vet (frankly with a vet that says "it just happens sometimes" when your dog is having seizures stinks. I would find a new vet first and foremost!). Look it up online and see what you think. Anything is better than those topical solutions. Frontline and Hartz are the worst!
Best friends dog died because of monthly flea treatment. Cancer of the spine which company won't admit to. Diatomacious Earth (food grade only) is wonderful, natural and when used in their food, rids them of intestinal worms. Very pleased with my order from earthworkshealth.com. Fast shipping and only about $9 gallon jug. I would rid the house of fleas with 20 Mule team borax. Dry-sifted into carpets (about 1 and half or 2 cups per average sized carpeted room. Leave for 2 weeks before you vacuum. Rids of eggs, larvae and adults. NO flea collars, stay away from the poisons. I have no fleas because of the borax. I can't say it works but i have heard canned mackeral every day for some reason keeps fleas off dogs. The largest of dogs get a third of a can. May take a little while
My guys would be "off" for about a week after I had applied the Advantix. They never had seizures, but they were definitely not happy with the treatment. I'm with desertgal on the DE. But in addition to that there is a product called Bug Off Garlic made by Springtime. It is a food supplement for dogs that once in their system the fleas and ticks do not like the taste of. So far it has been working for me this season.
I don't know what chemicals can cause seizures but I won't use them. What I do use is food grade diatomaceous earth, available at home improvement stores. Be sure to get food grade and not pool grade. It is usually with garden supplies. It will not hurt people or pets, just rub it on your pets. It works because it is tiny bits of natural stuff that cuts the fleas and ticks and causes them to dehydrate. Our local Garden Guy has even put some in his mouth on TV to demonstrate the safety of it. You can spread this stuff everywhere and it will do the job. Check out Dave Owens the Garden Guy web site for other useful ideas.
Pat in Phoenix
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