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Re: Flea Medicine

Postby TamanduaGirl » Wed Sep 04, 2013 12:53 pm

Yes. Raccoons especially need wormed regularly as some of their worms can be harmful to people. You may want to consider revolution since it will prevent(not treat though) worms and fleas, though is expensive.
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Re: Flea Medicine

Postby pat » Tue Oct 15, 2013 11:30 am

has anyone ever used "easyspot" flea and tick?

vet suggested it, but, when I did research on it, there were many mixed reviews :shrug:
I bought a 3-pack today for one of my cats, but, now I am not so sure if I should use it.

he just come back from the vets today. he had a abscess on the side of his face.
and it will continue to drain for a week. will it hurt or help to put "easyspot" on?
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Re: Flea Medicine

Postby TamanduaGirl » Tue Oct 15, 2013 3:18 pm

It should be safe since it's the same ingredient as frontline. I wouldn't apply it though till he's better.
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Re: Flea Medicine

Postby pat » Tue Oct 15, 2013 3:50 pm

mary,
thank you for info. never heard of the easyspot until vet suggested it.

I wouldn't apply it though till he's better

I was wondering about that. glad I didn't apply it yet.


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Re: Flea Medicine

Postby DaniJo21 » Sat May 03, 2014 1:44 am

Antiparasiticides in Cats

Permethrins or pyrethroids are synthetic pyrethrins. Pyrethrins and effective for fleas, ticks, lice, and cheyletiella (walking dandruff). There are products that contain pyrethrins labeled for cats, but they (or other animals) must not be able to ingest them. Dog products contain levels of pyrethrins that are TOXIC to cats. I have seen cats near death with pyrethrin toxicity and it isn't something you want to deal with. I tend to avoid these whether labeled for cats OR dogs...it just isn't worth the risk.

Imidacloprid (Advantage®) is a flea product labeled for use on cats 8 weeks and older. This formulation has no repellant properties and is ineffective against ticks. It only kills adult fleas, not eggs or larva.

Fipronil (Frontline Plus®) is a flea adulticide with an insect growth regulator Methoprene (Precor®). It is licensed for cats 8 weeks and older. It also prevents ticks and cheyletiella.

Selemectin (Revolution®) is a flea adulticide that is labeled for cats greater than 8 weeks of age. It is also F.D.A. regulated (as opposed to E.P.A.). This product has a spectrum that includes: Otodectes, ticks, heartworms, hookworms, and roundworms. Although it is not licensed for the treatment of Notoedres, research abstracts have supported its efficacy. This product has a very slow flea killing property giving the perception of ineffectiveness. I would consider it to be a treatment of choice for ear mites.

Nitenpyram is the active ingredient in Capstar®. This product is licensed for cats four weeks of age or greater, but most importantly, the cat must be greater than 2 pounds body weight. Capstar kills all the adult fleas within 24 hours. There is no residual activity, no effect on juvenile fleas, and no repellant properties. I usually use Capstar when an animal is suffering from an overwhelming flea burden (and I want to kill the adult fleas quickly, like if the neonate appears anemic). I follow this up with another product.

Lufenuron (Program®) is quickly becoming a dinosaur. It is one of the best products out there for environmental flea control but people are ignoring it. Program is incorporated into the body fat. When the flea takes a blood meal, the lufenuron is incorporated into the egg. The egg will not hatch. Since this product is excreted in the feces, the lufenuron is biologically available. The larval stages then consume the flea feces and are unable to spin a cocoon. Therefore lufenuron affects eggs and larvae. For maximum effect all pets should be placed on program. Unfortunately, since the flea must feed for lufenuron to be effective, it is worthless for flea allergic patients. Lufenuron is an environmental control and works very well with the aforementioned adulticide products.

Just a side note - I love the Frontline Spray and it is what I keep for my wildlife rehab babies. I have safely used it on the gambit of species. I dose accordingly, but for the neonates (like squirrels and raccoons) I will soak a q-tip and rub a very small amount on the nap of the neck. http://www.petco.com/product/108732/FRO ... -Pets.aspx. I have all the doses I use for wildlife - fox, raccoon, squirrels, rabbits, etc - please private message me if interested.

I don't recommend using ivermectin without proper dosing from your vet, especially in cats. Cats are extremely sensitive and their livers don't metabolize things as well as other animals. In addition to not working on fleas, it also isn't labeled for roundworms or hookworms, which are some of our main parasites. There was a case report of potential doramectin (ivermectin) toxicity in lions. Lions have their own quirks, but I don't know how it spans across the board for other exotic cat species. http://www.jsava.co.za/index.php/jsava/ ... le/509/955

A safe dewormer for ascarids and hookworms is pyrantel paomate (strongid, nemex).

The worm in raccoons that is of health concern is Baylisascaris procyonis or the "raccoon roundworm". It causes a sometimes fatal neural larval migrans in humans and other mammal species. I use a STRICT and frequent deworming protocol in my coons. The roundworm egg is almost impossible to destroy (seriously, you can't even kill it with fire) and for that reason other animals are not allowed in my raccoon enclosures. I'm not sure where you are located, but it is a problem, especially out West. Baylisascaris species are also carried by bears and skunks.
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Re: Flea Medicine

Postby AzureWolf » Mon Jul 07, 2014 1:19 pm

Try getting some cedar essential oil and some lavender. Mix a few drops of each into some lemon juice and water, shake, spray. Fleas and Ticks and most other pests can no stand cedar oil or lavender. Its natural and can you sprayed anywhere on anything and it works. Plus you can sprinkle some diotenacious earth around outside and in your carpet, let sit and vaccum up. :)
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thoughts on Bravocto?

Postby pat » Mon Jun 29, 2015 9:26 am

my vet now sells this. it is a flea pill that lasts 3 months.
(makes me nervous to try it)

my vet wanted 45.00 a pill. I found it online cheaper:
http://www.petcarerx.com/bravecto/25335#39652

would like hear others opinions on this..
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Re: Flea Medicine

Postby johanliam » Sat Oct 21, 2017 8:44 am

I have been using Frontline and so far it's good enough. Does it have any disadvantages or side effects?
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Re: Flea Medicine

Postby TamanduaGirl » Sat Oct 21, 2017 5:30 pm

Frontline is fine but in most areas fleas are becoming resistant to it. I would put it on and in a few days the fleas would be back as bad as ever. I switched to revolution and it has been working great so far but if Frontline works for you it's fine to use but if they start getting fleas you'll need to switch. Revolution has the added benefit of preventing heartworm and mites, plus some worms and ticks and being just one gentle med not a combo of chemicals like most that do more than fleas.
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