2012 may be the year of the dragon in China, but it appears to be the year of the flea in Florida.
After 44 years of owning dogs, we had our first encounter with the little critters this week, despite using Frontline religiously.
We have been told that while Frontline works great in most states further north, like our home state of Michigan, it seems to have lost some of its effectiveness in Florida. We were told to switch to Advantage, which we did, after we took our dogs to the local groomer and had them receive the de-flea shampoo treatment.
If you are in Florida and you think your dog is acting like it has fleas, well it just might have. This mild winter has produced a bumper crop of strawberries, lady bugs, and unfortunately fleas as well.
There are some advantages to living in the desert... and one of them is pretty much zero fleas. Too hot in the summer and too dry for them most of the year, they can get carried in but can't spread, and unless they happen to land in a place that's really damp for some reason, they can't reproduce or stay in the environment for long. It almost makes up for the giant cockroaches and the black widows that eat them...
So I guess if you get tired of 'gators and fleas, you could head for the desert.
Fuzzy Wuzzy was a wabbit, Fuzzy Wuzzy had a dandelion habit! RIP little Wuz... don't go far.
We were in Florida twice last year and so far once this year with four dogs. We use K9-advantix and it has never failed us. We spent a week at Hunting Island in South Carolina where there are plenty of ticks and we came home without any on the girls.
Pets: Rainbow Bridge: Old Fella, Levi, Charlie, Mama, Peaches. Others Suzie, Hobo, Izzie
Right now we will stay with the Advantage II by Bayer. There seems to more flea products of this type (applied topically) available now than in the past. DW was able to spot the fleas using a very bright LED flashlight and just pushing the hair apart with her hand.
Saw a Florida vet today and she said Comfortis works in Florida as well. She said if the Advantage II does not work, then we could switch. But right now the few fleas that are left are staggering around in circles like they are stoned.