Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Comfortis: Effective Method of Flea Control

If you are like me, you are constantly battling fleas.  My dogs spend a fair amount of time outside with me and are constantly getting reinfested with fleas.  This starts an endless cycle which nothing has seemed to control or eliminate.  One of my dogs has developed an allergy to flea bites and so even one flea causes days of scratching and chewing.  She spends half the time looking like something with which the moths have had a field day.

I was complaining to my veterinarian about the ineffectiveness of the sprays and spot ons that I had tried.  I have run the gamut trying Frontline, Advantix, Seargants Gold, etc.  All of them have some effect but it doesn't seem to last until time for the next application.  He suggested that I try Comfortis

Comfortis is a pill that is given once a month and kills the fleas before they can lay eggs.  It continues to kill fleas for the full 30 days.  It is suggested that you treat the environment as well but since my dogs have access to about 19 acres, it's impossible to spray it all. 

I tried Comfortis for a month.  It is expensive but VERY effective.  My allergic dog barely scratched at all for 30 days.  Her skin healed up and her coat grew back soft and healthy.  My other dogs showed no signs of fleas for over 30 days. Comfortis begins killing fleas within 30 minutes. 

The only problem that I have heard reported is that you should not give it with high doses of Ivermectin.  To be extra cautious I would give it at a separate time than monthly heartworm medication although in theory that is not a high enough dose of ivermectin to cause problems.

My dog with flea allergies typically suffers the worst in August and September.  I think I will probably use Frontline the rest of the year and then give everyone a dose of Comfortis for those two months.  I would love to see the cost come down to something reasonable as right now it costs me approximately $16 per dog per month.  That is VERY reasonable if you only have one dog but with 4 dogs it is cost prohibitive to keep them on it all year long.