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So, as with anything, with regard to flea/tick recommendations, it depends really on the dog and the dog’s environment.
Some people like to use Trifexis due to the convenience of it being combined with a Heartworm Prevention as well. Trifexis is not a big fan of ours due to some news reporters that have aired stories linking Trifexis to seizures and death in dogs, though, to this date, no real evidence has been found, and the FDA still lists the drug as safe to administer. Customers who own small dogs have mentioned that Trifexis has made their dog sick. We would not recommend giving Trifexis to your dog.
Many dog owners have been very happy with Sentinel Flavor Tablets (which can be purchased online from 1800PetMeds). They do require a vet prescription. Simply ask 1800PetMeds to contact your vet and give them the phone number to verify the prescription. However, Sentinel is less than 1/2 the price of Trifexis, and it can be delivered to your door free, which are both nice perks.
Sentinel works differently than Trifexis. Sentinel interrupts the flea life cycle by preventing fleas from breeding. Trifexis stops infestations by killing the adult flea. Neither prevent ticks. With either treatment, it is advised to give the tablet with food to lessen stomach upset and nausea.
You can see a quick comparison here: https://www.petcarerx.com/article/when-to-use-trifexis-vs-sentinel-for-dogs/1360
To help kill adult fleas (which have not been a problem) and relieve itching due to flea bites (fleas can bite a dog no matter what protection they are on), we also recommend bathing once every 2-3 weeks with our Tropiclean Neem Shampoo, then spritz the coat with Ark Naturals Protect spray to help prevent further bites. The Tropiclean shampoo has a nice refreshing citrus scent that we like and suds really well.
Neem oil is taken from the neem tree. It has been used as a natural anti-parasitic for thousands of years.
To further boost the natural immunity to fleas/ticks (and help repel them naturally!) add Petzlife Tickz Herbal Supplement Powder to your dogs food about every 6 weeks. (NOTE: The directions say every 8 weeks, or 2 months, but you may find that more relief is given to your dog by boosting them every 6 weeks). The ingredients in the herbal food supplement helps her body naturally repel fleas/ticks. I may occasionally find 1 or 2 fleas on her, but never more than that! That’s amazing!
Treating your pet from the inside out – without poisons is an awesome way to go!
Still having a flea issues after taking these steps? You may need to treat the yard itself. There are lots of options available, from effective and inexpensive Ortho Bug-B-Gon to natural, and organic options like beneficial nematodes. While nematodes are a bit more expensive, they are all-natural and chemical-free – a great option for the health of your family, pets, and lawn, and they do not kill beneficial bugs as chemical treatments do.
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