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George has been regularly frontlined, the last time a month ago from vet (due again in another month) but I found a couple of fleas on him yesterday?!!?! Why would this be? Should I do him again or is there anything else I should be doing, thanks
 

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Do you have other pets? Cats can be culprits for bringing fleas home! As long as the frontline was applied properly and he doesn't get bathed an awful lot i wouldn't worry too much. Frontline works by effecting the flea's nervous system. Fleas can still jump onto your dog but have to come into contact with the active ingredient (fipronil) to be effected. Often people will treat for fleas and then call to say the frontline is not working as they are seeing more. Usually fleas will run through the coat close to the skin and are very difficult to see. Once effected by the frontline they are unable to control their movement as well and cannot stay as close to the skin and are therefore seen on the pet. (there isn't a smiley for geek but if there was it would be me!)

I would give him a brush through with a fine comb onto some white kitchen paper, dampen it and any 'dirt' that dissolves reed/brown is flea dirt. If this happens you can put another frontline on now as the fleas are living on him. If not, he may have just picked up a couple of fleas and i wouldn't panic. If he has fleas living on him it is either due to wrong application or over bathing. Have a demo done at the vets or ask about comfortis which is an oral flea treatment and good for dogs which swim or are bathed regularly. If you don't find flea dirt, he has picked them up from somewhere- common causes are the cat (if you have one) or hedgehogs in the garden. If you have a cat it is worth treating the cat- (frontline spot on for cats has to be applied every month for fleas).
Also treat the house. If there is a chance of having fleas in the house this time of year is when they are a problem as we put our heating on and the warmth encourages dormant flea eggs to hatch out.:eek: Indorex or acclaim are the best and will last for a year once used. Lots of hoovering etc will also encourage eggs to hatch.
Last thing, make sure he has been tapewormed recently as the flea will carry the immature tapeworm and when the dog grooms and ingests a flea, he can infect himself this way. Drontal or milbemax willdo the trick. :)
 

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I wondered about the bathing issue Buddy was frontlined abour three and a half weeks ago and he was washed last week as he was flithy however yesterday he got wet through in the rain i havent bath him yet though as were going walking agian today and its still wet but i will bath him later does the rain wash it off or is it just shampooing that does it?
 

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Yeah he was wormed at vets on Friday, have no other pets and can't see any flea dirt on him, so it's a bit puzzling how he keeps getting them. We have a lot of foxes where we live, could it be from them
 

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I wondered about the bathing issue Buddy was frontlined abour three and a half weeks ago and he was washed last week as he was flithy however yesterday he got wet through in the rain i havent bath him yet though as were going walking agian today and its still wet but i will bath him later does the rain wash it off or is it just shampooing that does it?
The frontline 'lives' in the hair follicles so if a dog is bathed regularly or fully immersed in water it can reduce efficacy. personally i wouldn't worry too much about rain or a bit of bathing as long as you are aware to keep an eye out for signs of visitors. Comfortis is the new oral flea treatment over here and although i haven't had to swap anyone onto it yet, it may be an option. I think its one of the market leaders in the US. Maybe some of the guys from the US could give us some feedback if they have used it?? :)
 

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Yeah he was wormed at vets on Friday, have no other pets and can't see any flea dirt on him, so it's a bit puzzling how he keeps getting them. We have a lot of foxes where we live, could it be from them
Have you moved house in the last year? Does he go anywhere regularly that have pets/ used to have pets (office/friends/family). Does he socialise a lot with other dogs? Have a good look around the garden if it is quite likely you have a resident hedgehog!
 
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