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    Question Fleas

    My dog gets fleas really bad around the tail area and she licks it that much that a mowhawk looking thing forms and when they get unbearable she rolls around on the cement and she has done it that much that there is a spot on her tail that is rubbed down to the skin and bleeds sometimes.
    I have done everything for fleas but they just seem to come back.
    Does anyone have any advice on how to control these fleas or make them vanish and to help heal the sore that is now on her tail?
    Thanks

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    What treatments have you used or a currently using ?

    Just adding ; the flea problem doesnt seem to bad here for a change-change in climatic behaviour maybe ?
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    Comfortis seems to still work. None of the spot-ons work for us anymore.

    Outdoors apparently adding lime to the soil can help reduce the flea problem, but I've never tried it myself.

    With the sore (or hotspot as I believe they are also called), I would just put some antiseptic cream on it once or twice a day. Some of them also reduce the itching. Ask your vet or you may be able to get something over the counter from the chemist. But as long as he's still scratching, it won't heal.

    Good luck! Fleas are horrid...

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    I'm a huge fan of Comfortis.
    It's not cheap but it works and it dosnt wash off because it's a tablet. I buy mine from ebay because it is the cheapest place i have found it.
    You need to know your dogs weight as the packets are difrent colours for diffrent weights and make sure you are buying a 6 pack rather than 3 pack as it's cheaper in the long run.
    I dont even do it monthly like it says to and i still dont have fleas and believe me it was a big issue for us when we first moved here.
    The only thing about Comfortis is you need to feed it to your dog just before or after a meal as it's strong stuff and some dogs (mine included) will throw up if its taken on a empty stomach.
    I discussed this with my vet just last week, even though i've used it for about a year now and she confirmed the food thing.

    A bit of lime sprinkled around any bare dirt areas helps alot too....the fleas hate it !!!


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    I used to use revolution I don't anymore because we have no fleas and when we did have them at one point it was bad the dogs were laying under the house in the dirt and fleas were breeding like crazy.

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    Lime on soil reduces the population in ground.
    swimming if at all poss keeps them to a reasonable level
    Comfortis for mine, is not completely clear of fleas, but keeps them at reasonable level.
    Sentinel turns into chewing gum in my dogs hair after a week, and then needs either cutting out, or carefully removing. Perhaps because they are in water so much?

    And for the hot spot: Sudocrem antiseptic cream, (baby nappy rash cream) that stops itching. A must have dog first aid item for all skin ailments in my book.

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    I use revolution. No fleas. Used to use Frontline but revolution comes with a digestive wormer (canex) from the vet and covers heart worm so overall it was cheaper.

    I think if I had a flea problem - I'd use flea bombs insecticide, and one of the oral flea tablets like Comfortis or capstar. Comfortis lasts longer than capstar.

    Bonus with Comfortis - any caterpillars that try to eat your dog will also be killed - it's the same active ingredient Spinosad used to kill caterpilllars on plants. And very new.

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    Oh for goodness sakes, we have dog eating caterpillars in Australia? Is there anything else that wasnt on my visa application?

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    Yep I also swear by Comfortis..

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    Have you been introduced to Drop Bears yet Bernie?

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