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  • ChrisM416 commented on catlynn's instructable Natural Remedy for Dogs & Fleas8 months ago
    Natural Remedy for Dogs & Fleas

    My intention was never to insult or not 'be nice' so I apologize if it came across that way catlynn . It's just that I have difficulty with statements that promote one opinion while condemning a well respected option, without anything other than anecdotal evidence to back them up. To call safe and well tested products like Advantage and Revolution poisons is inaccurate and inflammatory, especially in light of the millions of doses of these products that have been used to safely and effectively rid pets and homes of flea infestations. And consider the fact that the IGR (insect growth regulator) in Sentinel is used in drinking water reservoirs in some countries to prevent mosquito development - so people drink it safely. As an employed small animal veterinarian who earns a flat rat...see more »My intention was never to insult or not 'be nice' so I apologize if it came across that way catlynn . It's just that I have difficulty with statements that promote one opinion while condemning a well respected option, without anything other than anecdotal evidence to back them up. To call safe and well tested products like Advantage and Revolution poisons is inaccurate and inflammatory, especially in light of the millions of doses of these products that have been used to safely and effectively rid pets and homes of flea infestations. And consider the fact that the IGR (insect growth regulator) in Sentinel is used in drinking water reservoirs in some countries to prevent mosquito development - so people drink it safely. As an employed small animal veterinarian who earns a flat rate salary I certainly have no vested interest in dispensing these or similar products. But I do prescribe them, and use them in my own pets, because they have proven to be so safe and effective.When I graduated 33 years ago and began practicing, I had no choice but to use and dispense potentially toxic flea products (sprays, powders, shampoos, etc.) containing older insecticides, because that was all that was available. But newer flea control products work far better, are much easier to use, and as I stated are very safe. They are so effective because they not only kill adult fleas, but also inhibit the development of the immature stages of the flea. This is important to know because Less than 5% of fleas in a typical infestation are in the adult stage - the remainder are in the pupal, larval or egg stages. So the adult fleas on your pets are really just 'the tip of the iceberg'. All life stages must be killed or inactivated for flea control to be effective.I'm sure the solution you are applying to your dogs is as effective as you say, but in a true flea infestation it is unlikely to be successful. Hopefully you will never have to deal with that though. I wish you and your pets good health.

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  • ChrisM416 commented on catlynn's instructable Natural Remedy for Dogs & Fleas8 months ago
    Natural Remedy for Dogs & Fleas

    This is a classic example of the potential danger of the Internet. Products like Advantage, Sentinel and Revolution were developed and tested, and underwent extensive field trials over many years, before being made available for general use in pets. They have revolutionized the treatment and prevention of flea infestations. What you are suggesting - 'research it for yourself don't take my word for it' - is ludicrous. Searching the Internet or 'Googling' is not, and never will be, 'research'. Research is conducted in a scientific manner with control groups and detailed scientific evaluation and measurement. And an individual stating they tried something and it worked great is proof of nothing, other than that in that one instance something good happened. As a veterinarian with...see more »This is a classic example of the potential danger of the Internet. Products like Advantage, Sentinel and Revolution were developed and tested, and underwent extensive field trials over many years, before being made available for general use in pets. They have revolutionized the treatment and prevention of flea infestations. What you are suggesting - 'research it for yourself don't take my word for it' - is ludicrous. Searching the Internet or 'Googling' is not, and never will be, 'research'. Research is conducted in a scientific manner with control groups and detailed scientific evaluation and measurement. And an individual stating they tried something and it worked great is proof of nothing, other than that in that one instance something good happened. As a veterinarian with 33 years in practice, I have seen countless so called natural remedies fail time and time again. I have also seen the fantastic results from safe, properly tested products like Advantage and Sentinel in controlling and preventing flea infestations. I guess we believe what we chose to believe. But be careful before you accept what an unknown individual on the Internet tells you without any references or real proof.

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