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    Mostly, I can only second the suggestions you've already been given. I was in a similar situation last year/year before last with a really bad infestation after a few weak batches of Advantage. It was bad. Like, the cats wouldn't walk on the carpet bad. I refused to let us flea bomb because of the snakes.

    It was a lot of work, but daily vacuuming (weekly wasn't enough), Advantage from a different source, and a flea trap won the war. The trap would've been tricky with more than cats, but it was very satisfying. Also, very low-cost solution, aside from another box of the flea drops. Dunno if that helps, but it worked.

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    Re: Reptile safe flea treatment.

    With the suggestion of nexguard, I might have to try that. We had a mild winter so fleas and ticks are really bad this year. Iíve tried the frontline, k9 advantage, and seresto collars and nothing has helped this year. We have at least 12 free roaming cats in our neighborhood (back road drop offs) so Iím assuming they are probably how they got close to the house. As for the essential oils we have to be careful with what we use since some are toxic to cats. Iím going to call the vet in the morning and see what they recommend I donít care about the price if it will be non toxic to my reptiles

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    Re: Reptile safe flea treatment.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jmpalazzo View Post
    With the suggestion of nexguard, I might have to try that. We had a mild winter so fleas and ticks are really bad this year. Iíve tried the frontline, k9 advantage, and seresto collars and nothing has helped this year. We have at least 12 free roaming cats in our neighborhood (back road drop offs) so Iím assuming they are probably how they got close to the house. As for the essential oils we have to be careful with what we use since some are toxic to cats. Iím going to call the vet in the morning and see what they recommend I donít care about the price if it will be non toxic to my reptiles
    I'm in the mid-South & yes, mild winter didn't help. I gave up on the topical stuff & tried Nexguard a few years ago...my dogs think it's just a tasty little treat they get
    once a month so it's easy as well as effective. I think there are a couple of similar medications out now too, but your vet will know what's best. I'm not sure if that
    alone will rid your house of fleas though, since in a pinch I think they'll bite you too?
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    Re: Reptile safe flea treatment.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jmpalazzo View Post
    With the suggestion of nexguard, I might have to try that. We had a mild winter so fleas and ticks are really bad this year. I’ve tried the frontline, k9 advantage, and seresto collars and nothing has helped this year. We have at least 12 free roaming cats in our neighborhood (back road drop offs) so I’m assuming they are probably how they got close to the house. As for the essential oils we have to be careful with what we use since some are toxic to cats. I’m going to call the vet in the morning and see what they recommend I don’t care about the price if it will be non toxic to my reptiles
    Hope you don't faint when you figure out how much the Nexguard will cost you. I have one dog ( 10 pounds ) I have to use it because my wife say's the other things cause her breathing/asthma issues. It cost me 26 dollars a pill for ONE MONTH. So I hope you have lots of money to be able to treat all that you have. It does work good though will admit to that.
    Think I would work on another solution but up to you.
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    Re: Reptile safe flea treatment.

    Quote Originally Posted by ballpythonsrock2 View Post
    Hope you don't faint when you figure out how much the Nexguard will cost you. I have one dog ( 10 pounds ) I have to use it because my wife say's the other things cause her breathing/asthma issues. It cost me 26 dollars a pill for ONE MONTH. So I hope you have lots of money to be able to treat all that you have. It does work good though will admit to that.
    Think I would work on another solution but up to you.
    I buy 6 mos. at a time for each of my 2 dogs, & it amounts to about $16-17 per pill (which I agree is absurd & takes advantage of dog owners). My vet generally adds a
    bonus dose for each 6-pack I buy as well, so I'm getting 7 mos. at a time (& therefore less $ per pill, about $15 apiece). I assume the extra doses were supplied to the vets as trial samples & he shares them with good customers. You're paying way too much, ballpythonsrock2! Shame on your vet!
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    Re: Reptile safe flea treatment.

    Quote Originally Posted by ballpythonsrock2 View Post
    Hope you don't faint when you figure out how much the Nexguard will cost you. I have one dog ( 10 pounds ) I have to use it because my wife say's the other things cause her breathing/asthma issues. It cost me 26 dollars a pill for ONE MONTH. So I hope you have lots of money to be able to treat all that you have. It does work good though will admit to that.
    Think I would work on another solution but up to you.
    And in your shoes, I'd see if the vet would write me a prescription for the medication & fill it from a business that doesn't price-gouge... Your vet won't appreciate the
    loss of business, but I'd be discussing the fact that others don't pay this much for the same drug. BTW, I have 2 dogs, one 46 lbs and one 20 lbs, in case you're wondering, & the larger dog's dose appears to be roughly twice what the smaller dog gets, but as I recall they're priced the same, or close?

    I'd also be wondering if there is another option, something generic at a lower cost that is just as effective (-as there is for heartworm prevention medication that my dogs also get- I save a lot on that, so I don't mind as much the cost of Nexguard) but the trick is to find the right vet who will tell you about it.
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    There are side effects to all flea preventatives. For Nextgard, make sure you read that article.

    I recommend Revolution because it stops eggs from hatching whereas Frontline stops the larvae from growing. Revolution is a better choice for an already established infestation.

    Vacuum, vacuum, vacuum, especially the rugs and carpets. Toss the pet beds out just to be safe. Use your flea comb as much as you can.

    Flea bombs might not work because eggs can survive them.

    Treat all rooms but try to keep the pets from moving from room to room too much.

    Lastly, after the fleas are gone, you will need to check for tapeworms. Fleas carry these suckers as a host which passes on to dogs and cats.
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    Re: Reptile safe flea treatment.

    Quote Originally Posted by Cheesenugget View Post
    https://www.google.com/amp/s/pix11.c...dications/amp/

    There are side effects to all flea preventatives. For Nextgard, make sure you read that article.

    I recommend Revolution because it stops eggs from hatching whereas Frontline stops the larvae from growing. Revolution is a better choice for an already established infestation.

    Vacuum, vacuum, vacuum, especially the rugs and carpets. Toss the pet beds out just to be safe. Use your flea comb as much as you can.

    Flea bombs might not work because eggs can survive them.

    Treat all rooms but try to keep the pets from moving from room to room too much.

    Lastly, after the fleas are gone, you will need to check for tapeworms. Fleas carry these suckers as a host which passes on to dogs and cats.
    Adding to the vacuum thing. Make sure that after you vacuum each time you dump the bag or plastic container depending on which one you have. Don't just vacuum the floors and put it back in the closet. Dump it into a plastic bag and tie it tight and take it outside.

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    Re: Reptile safe flea treatment.

    Quote Originally Posted by Cheesenugget View Post
    https://www.google.com/amp/s/pix11.c...dications/amp/

    There are side effects to all flea preventatives. For Nextgard, make sure you read that article...
    That's very sad that some react so horribly to these medications. And yes, I knew about the risk of seizures, it's greater with certain breeds that your vet should
    be aware of, and both of my dogs are sturdy mutts. Neither of my dogs show any reaction from taking Nexgard, but that doesn't mean every one should assume
    they'll have the same outcome. Topical flea prevention has problems too though, & can be ingested by a dog's playing partner, even if a dog cannot reach their own,
    & it also rubs off on us. Everything has a downside...at least for what's available now, and my dogs got fleas with Frontline, but never while on Nexgard.
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