Does anyone have any experience with these flea treatments? I've noticed most people use Frontline or Advantage/Advantix. Is this because there is some problem with Revolution? They're all three topical that you put on the back of the neck.
Zack had skin lesions, pyoderma, and he had antibiotics for it, and it was going away, there were no new lesions, they were all healing, they heal slow, leaving a big scab that takes a long time to fall off. but they were going away, mostly gone. Then, last Sunday he got some new ones.
I called the vet and she said regretably, i should give him Revolution. She said it was the most gentle of the topical insecticides. I was put off because it also kills ticks and heartworms, and i don't have those, but it seems like it would be stronger if it kills all those things. The vet was guessing the pyoderma might be caused by fleas, and said it would be better to give him the insecticide than to give him antibiotics again. She also said to give him Capstar too, which is in pill form, taken orally, and is fast acting (within an hour) and short acting (only lasts 24 hours).
So i got both of those. I thought i might give them to him tomorrow when i can be home with him all day, in case he has any reaction. I was just wondering if there's something inferior about Revolution that would cause people to use Frontline or Advantage instead.
About the new pyoderma lesions, i started giving him colloidal silver orally three times a day, and spraying it on his new lesions, and i'm really pleased with how fast they are healing up compared to the first wave when i didn't use CS. And no new ones. Maybe it works, although many people say it doesn't. I've used it for stuff though and thought it did work, that's why i have it around the house.
As for the nontoxic flea control stuff i've been trying, if he didn't have the pyoderma, i'd still be working with those things, but basically i didn't know what i was doing this year, the learning curve was so steep, and i haven't gotten on top of it, but i feel hopeful that based on what i've learned this year, next year it will work out and there won't be any fleas. It's only Zack that is having fleas, they are so attracted to him, they leave me and Fluffy alone completely. but he doesn't have it too bad, he's not allergic to it, he doesn't scratch much, he goes hours without scratching. But when i flea comb him, there are usually a few fleas there. They are not getting less despite what i've done. He's getting new ones from the yard. I put nematodes out, but too late i think, and maybe i didn't apply it right, who knows. I used a sprinkling can. Next year i'll buy a sprayer or have Fleabusters come out and do it professionally. also i have to treat the rug and inside the house with diatomaceous earth or boric acid powder, and i haven't done that correctly, i'm not good at stuff like that. so, i'll probably have flea busters do it next year. The heat wave we had really ramped up the fleas, and i have just not gotten over the top of them. i feel defeated and not thrilled about the insecticide, but i am hopeful for next year. The possible ill effects of the poisons are more likely when cumulative. This is just one year....