On Thu, 17 Jun 2004 19:48:09 +0100, "Dee Varley"
>Does anyone have any info on Frontline (spray)?
>Have there been any problems with it?
>How much is your vet charging for it?
>How effective is it?
>Does it have any known adverse effects?
>It has been suggested: that along side some types of anti-histamine:
>frequent vacuming: washing bedding in non bio-washing powder: garlic
>tablets: lots of distraction toys and walks and general high quality
>feed...that Frontline spray might be the answer to our problems.
>Now I need to sort this out pretty quickly and our vet simply suggests the
>same treatment.... a steroid/antihistamine injections to stop the itching
>cycle, then antibiotics...(even though there is no evidence of
>infection......maybe I'm too suspicious?!)
>Vinnie, my Rotty, is lovely. On one occation he even saved me from being
>mugged and beaten up. He even went in to the sea to tow back a little girl
>in a dingy that was too far from the shore in high currents. He is a special
>and loyal friend, but medical treatment seems very poor. Any ideas?
I have found a cheap flea/tick shampoo is all that's needed. Shampoo
twice a month. No expensive Frontline needed. Smells good too. I have
used this method for 3 years now with no problems with fleas or ticks.
I use a baby shampoo on the head of course. Start by wetting the head
area well to get all fleas off, cause you can't put flea shampoo near
the eyes. Shampoo head well with baby shampoo. Then wet the rest of
the dog and shampoo well with the fea shampoo. Allow to sit at least
10 minutes. Rince well starting with the head working back. Rince a
second time well. Congratulate yourself on saving big bucks.
Oh ya, you can usually also get these cheap shampoos in a refill! I
get them at most large department stores with a pet section. Those
shampoos at the Pet Stores might be fine, but they're too expensive
and the cheap stuff works just great. My dogs are Standard Poodles and
have no reactions or problems with the shampoos.
Just a heads up from one who's tried all the expensive stuff and hates
the stink and price.
As to your itching problem, it might very well be the food. Try
Avoderm, it's got lots of skin stuff in it.
Stress is also a big factor in skin problems. If you moved recently,
it can produce quite a bit of stress in a dog. My dog got a big dose
of skin problems after moving to Japan! He's fine now after adjusting.
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