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    I have 4 dogs that pretty much run the house around here :lol: an Irish Setter, 2 Pomeranians and a Chihuahua.

    If we did not give our dogs these flea pills the fleas would take over the house and yard, so it is a must have thing to do around here.

    The dogs are supposed to eat them like treats (just like the HeartGuard we give them and they love) but trying to get them to take it is like trying to get me to go to the doctor if I am sick.......it aint happening! :roll: :lol:

    The little ones, they are fairly stupid and you can sneek it in with table scraps but Dixie my Irish Setter, dont even let her see you getting the box out she will know what going on next. I have crushed it up to powder form and tried to slip in a hamburger, red beans and rice, potatoes and gravy but she will not touch it.

    I finally had to literally throw it down her throat and rub her neck while holding her snoot shut tonite and what did she do but throw it up because you have to have food with the meds or they will get sick. Apparently she grazed the kibble bowl before dinner and then when I fed her a hamburger patty and some fries it was more than her tummy could handle. So we figured we just wasted that $18 pill and I am going to have to do it again in a day or two.

    And before someone says just use the topical stuff let me tell you the here in the south it is just a waste of time. The fleas like that stuff better than mosquitoes dig Off!!

    Do you have the same trouble with your puppers or are they pretty okay with taking pills. And what do you do to fool them into taking them?

    Billy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    I have 4 dogs that pretty much run the house around here :lol: an Irish Setter, 2 Pomeranians and a Chihuahua.

    If we did not give our dogs these flea pills the fleas would take over the house and yard, so it is a must have thing to do around here.

    The dogs are supposed to eat them like treats (just like the HeartGuard we give them and they love) but trying to get them to take it is like trying to get me to go to the doctor if I am sick.......it aint happening! :roll: :lol:


    If I my ask what king of flea pill, do you give them?

    The little ones, they are fairly stupid and you can sneek it in with table scraps but Dixie my Irish Setter, dont even let her see you getting the box out she will know what going on next. I have crushed it up to powder form and tried to slip in a hamburger, red beans and rice, potatoes and gravy but she will not touch it.

    I finally had to literally throw it down her throat and rub her neck while holding her snoot shut tonite and what did she do but throw it up because you have to have food with the meds or they will get sick. Apparently she grazed the kibble bowl before dinner and then when I fed her a hamburger patty and some fries it was more than her tummy could handle. So we figured we just wasted that $18 pill and I am going to have to do it again in a day or two.

    And before someone says just use the topical stuff let me tell you the here in the south it is just a waste of time. The fleas like that stuff better than mosquitoes dig Off!!

    Do you have the same trouble with your puppers or are they pretty okay with taking pills. And what do you do to fool them into taking them?

    Billy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dora Taggart
    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    I have 4 dogs that pretty much run the house around here :lol: an Irish Setter, 2 Pomeranians and a Chihuahua.

    If we did not give our dogs these flea pills the fleas would take over the house and yard, so it is a must have thing to do around here.

    The dogs are supposed to eat them like treats (just like the HeartGuard we give them and they love) but trying to get them to take it is like trying to get me to go to the doctor if I am sick.......it aint happening! :roll: :lol:


    If I may ask what kind of flea pill do you give your dogs?


    If I my ask what king of flea pill, do you give them?

    The little ones, they are fairly stupid and you can sneek it in with table scraps but Dixie my Irish Setter, dont even let her see you getting the box out she will know what going on next. I have crushed it up to powder form and tried to slip in a hamburger, red beans and rice, potatoes and gravy but she will not touch it.

    I finally had to literally throw it down her throat and rub her neck while holding her snoot shut tonite and what did she do but throw it up because you have to have food with the meds or they will get sick. Apparently she grazed the kibble bowl before dinner and then when I fed her a hamburger patty and some fries it was more than her tummy could handle. So we figured we just wasted that $18 pill and I am going to have to do it again in a day or two.

    And before someone says just use the topical stuff let me tell you the here in the south it is just a waste of time. The fleas like that stuff better than mosquitoes dig Off!!

    Do you have the same trouble with your puppers or are they pretty okay with taking pills. And what do you do to fool them into taking them?

    Billy

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    We roll ours up in a whole slice of cheese ~ the cheap American cheese that is individually wrapped...by the time you roll it up and mush it around, the cheese is pretty much stuck all around the pill and so far no one has managed to eat the cheese and NOT the pill.........yours sound a lot smarter than mine though ;)

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    I've never heard of flea pills....but you can bet that I'm going to find out about them! They tell me that there's no flea problem in Central Oregon...but tell that to my dogs as they scratch themselves raw! The topical stuff and flea shampoos don't work worth a darn!
    My little guy (5 months old) will scarf down anything I put in front of him if he thinks I'm going to eat it first... the "old man" will not, and recognises pill bottles. An hour or more before we give him a pill, it gets wrapped in cheese...I sneak it out and put a few cheese cubes with it, and get the pup excited, which means that Jake thinks he has to have some too...he wolfs it down before he knows what it is...

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    Oh the trials of having dogs! Would love to see a picture! I had an Irish when I was younger, and now have 3 English Setters, Llewellens... the smaller ones. Sofie and Maddie are in my avatar.
    We ususally have to "mold" some cheese around any pills that they take. Thank goodness we don't have to much trouble with fleas around here. Try letting Dixie eat a little of her food, then "stick it down her throat" and then let her have the rest of her food. It may work!

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    I agree with you about the topical stuff. We were over-run by fleas in Hawaii. Used EVERY brand of that topical stuff that is on the market and NOTHING, and I mean NOTHING worked. I finally had to borax the backyard. Thank God it was only an 8x8 area and also all the carpets in the house...ok, the entire house since it was all carpet but the kitchen and bathrooms. I then, had to take kitties to groomers for baths. Took almost a year to get fleas under control doing it that way.
    Will have to look into the pills to see if they make them for cats since we are headed back to the states in about a month and half.

    As for getting pup to take pills? No clue....I've always done it the hard way, open their mouths, insert pill and hope they swallow.

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    Tink takes a pill everyday(asthma)...she gets it wrapped in cream cheese or butter. First she licks my other finger to get the taste and then she gets the pill ball, then she has to keep licking my fingers till I'm sure it is down. Fortunately, she is small and takes a farely small pill. But if you compare her size to the pill...it is a horse pill.
    She also has to have food in her stomach, or.......we use as little of the coating of cheese or butter as possible, but like the vet says...did you get it in and did it stay???

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    After placing the pill at the back of their throat, hold the jaws together gently and blow into their nostrils. All the while talking softly, rubbing the front of their neck where the adams apple would be and you will fell them swallow it, and holding the animal firmly but gently. After handling thousands of animals while working the animal shelter, we got pretty good at it. One of the girls just had a horrible time giving it to them. She stuffed it in a 1" piece of weiner or one of those pill pockets and threw it in the cage and walked away. She just knew the animals were taking it. I would do my hourly rounds and find the pill on the ground and the pill pocket eaten.
    WARNING: some meds cannot be crushed and given as it enters the system too soon or it can irritate the stomache. Check with your vet first.
    No real tricks here.
    Hope this helps someone. Much easier to demonstrate than tell you about it.

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    Down on the coast, sand fleas are the deal. Most of the people I knew put yeast on to the dogs' feed and the yeast does something in the dog's system that the fleas don't like.

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    Have you tried peanut butter. Usually dogs like it and they don't find the pill.

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    We use cheddar cheese cubes (slightly melted in the microwave) use a plain one first and a "doctored one" as a chaser. Fools our Malamute x and he's way smarter than our Chi x. The cats we use a similar method wvdek described.

    We have no probs. with fleas or ticks - we just use soap with Neem Oil in it...but we do worm regularly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by omak
    Down on the coast, sand fleas are the deal. Most of the people I knew put yeast on to the dogs' feed and the yeast does something in the dog's system that the fleas don't like.
    Good one. Coming from Seattle area I use to do that and it worked somewhat. Here I haven't had a flea problem (okay my dogs either). This year may be different because we haven't had a winter to kill anything off. No I'm not rubbing it in for you easterners.
    As for pills. I've been shoving a horse pill down my females throat every night for 4 years. Nothing I do worked except for that. My male I just have his in my hand and he eats it.
    His name isn't Tank for no good reason. :mrgreen:
    Sometimes that IS all that works. I got mine telling me its med time though by giving them their pills then giving them a treat.
    I'm not much help. Good luck though. Give your doggies a big hug. :thumbup:

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    One of our has to have a daily pill, I make a small ball of blue cream cheese, put it in his bowl - he thinks it's special! The dogs are easy to hoodwink - now the cat is a different story altogether...

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    Quote Originally Posted by omak
    Down on the coast, sand fleas are the deal. Most of the people I knew put yeast on to the dogs' feed and the yeast does something in the dog's system that the fleas don't like.
    Oh yeah, my grandpa used Brewers Yeast for his dogs, no ticks or fleas, must try that out here. What do you use for "farm" cats? We have used the topical for years and no problem but some of the cats you can't catch :roll: End up putting out a pan of meat trimmings and doing them as they eat :D

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    Hmmmmm....never used the flea pills. We used a prescription topical flea .....can't remembre the name but it was the only thing that worked for our dog. You're right though...the topical flea stuff on the market is junk.

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    Are you talking like Hartz flea topical? the stuff sold at grocery stores? that doesnt work no matter where you live. It kills the live fleas but not the eggs so the cycle never ends. Are you sure frontline does not work or Advantage? My sister lived in Georgia and now in VA and tells me they worked great for her dogs (she has three BIG dogs). I work cat rescue and the grocery stuff NEVER works and shampoos get the dirt, blood and instant fleas off but never work for the ones in the lawn, carpet, couch.. you have to KILL them with the real stuff. I dont do fleas well and usually have more than 10 animals in my home at one time. The investment of Frontline is well worth the price to not have a single flea. Get rid of them now while its cold and before they start warming up and going crazy. I have to ask.. those of you who use Frontline are you having issues in the SO too? I am now going to the manufacturer to ask as this makes no sense at all. Its into the blood stream, therefore it should get them.. hum...

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    PS I use JEFFERS pet supply or Lambert vet supply on line they give great prices (its pricy but if you want something to work and this is so worth the budget it in if you can at all). I buy in quantities so I have to shop cheap. If you have a small/med size dog you can PM me for advice on how to make it work for a tiny bit less

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    When we had our Rottweiler, the breeder told us to use either liverwurst or cream cheese. Worked every time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skpkatydid
    Have you tried peanut butter. Usually dogs like it and they don't find the pill.
    I've always used the peanut butter trick, too. By the time they get to the pill their mouth is so sticky they don't even realize it.
    I treat the house with a salt you can put in the carpet, and treat my yard for fleas with a nematode that is organic. The salt dissolves the fleas and the nematodes eat the eggs. I get the nematodes at my local feed and grain and the come refrigerated. I know someone will ask the name, but I don't know what it is. After a couple of years of this, the flea population is dramatically reduced.

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    my dog has an allergic reaction to topical repellant and frontline doesn't work either so when we had an outbreak in late summer this is what we did...takes a while but it works

    Salt the floors and carpet down with iodized salt, vaccuum every other day for first two weeks, resalt after vaccuuming increase days between vaccuuming over the month continue till fleas are gone. WARNING: Fleas hibernat(sort of) so may see a new infestation in 3-9months.
    wash bed linen every day for 2-3 weeks then increase days between washing. feed brewers yeast they will goble it up no problem takes about 2 monhts for it to totally get rid of fleas may see a flea every now and again but rarely..
    also use tea tree oil mixed with water (This should not be used on an open sore) on a cottonball around their necks and in infested areas. Spray carpets and bedding with vanilla scented febreeze when the dogs are not present and it will kill the fleas in the bed linens

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    Just be careful that whatever flea remedy you use for your house is not something that will harm your pet if ingested. Regularly vaccuuming and washing your dogs bedding and your own linen will help. As a Veterinary Technician my advice is ALWAYS consult your vet when it comes to solving these kinds of problems. They will have options that are safer for your dog.

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    Growing up in the South, I have seen and tried every flea remedy every known. They don't work, fleas come back and you have to start all over. The flea pills are the best thing ever for dogs. They stop the fleas for good. The pills stop the reproduction of the fleas so that's why most yards are flea free in a few months. We have 3 acres of yard and woods and without the pills it would be impossible to keep the yard treated for fleas plus all those chemicals hurt the good insects. I use Advanatage X to stop the ticks, it works or I wouldn't pay the price for it once a month. Our outside dogs are pest free all year long.
    I buy a bag of Pill Pockets. It's soft meaty treats that you push the pill into and every dog I know loves them. My cats will eat them too when they need a pill. I don't give the outside cats a flea pill they get Revolution every month to stop ear mites, fleas, and parasites. Pets are expensive to maintain! LOL

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    I don't have any barn/farm cats ... if we have cats (and, we do) they do not go outside ... and, the coyotes usually get to any abandoned kittens if anyone is abusing them by leaving them out here in the desert. (Not much help, eh?)

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    Just a pinch of canned dog food makes the medicine go down, the medicine go down... in the most delightful way.

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