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I know of Comfortis and will tell you everything I know good and bad....Personally I have not used it and at this time have not decided to sell it, so everything I say is from research and what the drug reps have told me.

It is a new product once a month flea pill for dogs over 14 weeks old, it just came out in 2007, it works on the same concept as the CapStar pill, which you may have heard of, but unlike Capstar is suppose to last for a month.  It is being advertised as the "once a month flea treatment, without the oily liquid" as frontline and advantix are....I think it is only sold in a six month supply and on figuring price we were estimating having to charge about $65 to $70 dollar a box for it. Have heard some places are $80 plus a box.

This came up in another thread and thought others may want to know about it.....If you have not heard of it yet you probably will by your next vet visit.....Here is the post from the other thread................

It is given once a month by mouth and kills fleas. It kills fleas only. That is one reason I am not sold on it and am not selling it...we have to many ticks around here to not have something treating for fleas and ticks and lets face it going back to tick collars is a major step backwards...also keep in mind you would not have the skeeter med's from the advantix as well for those who use it.  

It has to be given on a full stomach and is also beef and pork flavored so if a dog has food allergy to either, it cant be used.


The side effects noted:

Testing was on 50 dogs.....12% of dogs vomited after taking it the first time, 5% had a reduced appetite and another 5% having diarrhea. It said the numbers were less after repeat doses of the med's (2nd and 3rd months)

It should not be used in dogs who have any type of seizure disorders, it was shown to cause them to have one after taking the med's and they dont really know why, they just tell us that, dogs with seizure disorders should use a different flea control product.

The product is not to be used in pregnant or nursing females. During initial testing it was given to pregnant and nursing mothers and some problems listed were loss of litter during pregnancy, poor weight gain of puppies, and vomiting.

There are some long term questions regarding issues with the liver, but most of them are no different then taking any med's.

That is really about what I know......So without personal use I cant really say one way or the other.....I can say that I am a little worried about products that are not safe for younger pups, preg and nursing mothers and in areas where there are fleas, ticks and skeeters having no extra protection and now days that is pretty much everywhere.....

If I were to sell it then I am sure I would say the same thing as other vets....Lets try it, it is the new big thing and keep in mind clinics that now have a shelf full they need to sell it.  When we calculated the cost to buy it...there are four sizes...12 boxes to a "sleeve" at about $50.00 a box....That is a $2500 investment that has to be made with the drug company just to carry the product and only one box of each size (four different because it is based on weight)...

My thing is that I am not sure how I would convience a client that it is better then Advantix or Frontline because I dont think it is better! I will live with the oily spot to have more coverage.....  

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Thanks for the info Sharon!
 

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Think I will stick with Advantix.
 

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That's what I decided too Barb, the vet was really hyping it, so I thought I would check before buying it...
 

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I use garlic - first year adding garlic to their food - no ticks of fleas!!!    :lol:

I try to seek out any holistic remedy I can before going to meds.
 

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I used to use garlic Heather, but last summer we had a really bad infestation and the garlic just wasn't doing it...How much do you give and how often? I may try it again as I do like going holistic or natural if possible...I also use to put apple cidar vinegar in Samson's water, he used to drink it just fine, now he won't touch it
 

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I use it in their food every other day.  Not to excess but enough to work.  There is alos a powder that is holistic that this store sells that is a remdy for fleas, not topical.   Will have to look it up - I do know its has garlic as well.
 

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Hey Willow and Heather...I used to use garlic as well but now use a product called "flea free". I used to just give about a 1/2 - 1 clove of garlic a week, minced up in food. I found this flea free product at my pet store so I don't have to order it, but you can get it online. It is super easy, just add a tablespoon in their water bowl whenever you fill it up. Here is the link if anyone is interested.

http://www.healthyfoodforpets.com/FleaFree.html
 

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Now that looks great Lisa..Plus it takes care of ticks & mosquitos which is why I switched to Advantix......Thank you , I shall give that a try
 

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samsonsmom\";p=\"65529 said:
I used to use garlic Heather, but last summer we had a really bad infestation and the garlic just wasn't doing it...How much do you give and how often? I may try it again as I do like going holistic or natural if possible...I also use to put apple cidar vinegar in Samson's water, he used to drink it just fine, now he won't touch it
What did the apple cider vinegar do?  My mom doesn't like to use chemicals either so I have been looking into it I will have to give her that website.
 

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The apple cidar vinegar also acts as a flea deterrent..I used to add a tablespoon in Samson's water bowl until he decidedhe didn't like it anymore
 

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I gave my (black lab, sorry) dog Comfortis for the first time 4 days ago. Let's just say I'm not impressed. I usually use Advantix on her and inadvertently purchased Frontline last month (head in butt!). It was so ineffective the fleas are out of control like it's the middle of the summer. So I went back to the vet and they STRONGLY recommended Comfortis so I gave in and bought it. I'm glad I only purchased 1 tablet since a six-month supply is $90! She loved the taste of the pill, but the next day, she vomitted several times. The flea problem seems to have improved by  maybe 25% but she is still scratching and chewing and they are now hopping on me! I was also not told Comfortis does not work to abate fleas and mosquitoes (guess I should have asked). My poor pup is soo miserable! I'll definitely switch back to Advantix next month-as they say "if it ain't broke, don't try to fix it"!
 

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Willow,
You can also use brewer's yeast. I've not used chemical flea or tick control for approx. 7 years with excellent results, and we're very active in summers, taking long walks in the woods and running them on and around our beaches. Each year at ABC, other breeders complain about their dogs picking up ticks (one of my friend's bitches had three on her after one outing) while out in the xpens, but my girls have yet to pick a single one up even though they use the very same xpens.

The digestive enzyme/probiotic combo that I use has brewer's yeast in it, so I'm not 100% sure of what the exact ratio of brewer's yeast to other ingredients there is in the product, but I usually give about 1/4 tsp per meal (3x per day).

Even though it's obvious that I prefer not to use chemical flea & tick products on my dogs, I'd absolutely not use them on a pregnant bitch even if I did (nor will I use HW preventative, which I do use otherwise in summers). It's important to remember that these products don't repel fleas and ticks (or mosquitoes), rather, they kill them after they've bitten the animal, as well as killing the larvae in the bloodstream. . . Given this, I'm not 100% comfortable giving any chemical that has to be absorbed into the blood stream to be effective, but we all work within our own, personal comfort levels and make the best decisions we possibly can for our pets. :)
 

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We have a 15 year old mixed breed who we adore and recently she has had fleas which she had never had before! In fact they were so bad ......we had tried everything the vet had to offer and we sprayed our yard, ect.... Our vet told us about a new oral medication that they were getting that was guaranteed to kill the fleas on her and get them under control.....which turned out to be Comfortis. We gave her the first dose three weeks ago. After 24 hours there were no fleas and there have not been any since. She has not itched and has been so relaxed and calm....it is a miracle! Occasionally we find a dead flea on top of her fur...but it is DEAD and not biting her! This medication definately works and everyone needs to realize that fleas are a health risk not only to your pet, but to humans. They are almost impossible to control and your pet suffers so much while you try different meds or home remedies. This product may carry a few side effects such as vomiting or diarrhea (neither of which our dog had) but we had fleas so bad that we took the chance. It DOES work! Within 25 minutes we watched the fleas literally hop off of our dog and die and like I said, in 24 hours she had NONE! I would highly recommend it!
 

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THANKS Sharon!!!!!!!!!!

When I asked my vet about Comfortis, he recommended it like the others. I decided to think about it for a few days before I tried it. I like the Advantage, but thought this would be better.

The vet NEVER said anything about not giving it to dogs with seizure history!!!!!!! My 7 year old has had seizures over the past few years. Why, we dont know, but I steer away from anything that can possibly bring them on.

So thank you for your informative posting concerning Comfortis. "Milo" thanks you as well!!!!!!!!!  Advantage here we come!!
 

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My Vet has tried to push this pill on me even though Newt doesn't have fleas! I live in Fl. so I know there are fleas everywhere... but I only take her to the doggie park and when she is back from there I bathe her in her oatmeal shampoo and let her soak for a bit being I know fleas can (hold their breath).... I use "Frontline" every once in a blue moon but for the most part being she is a light colored dog I look for fleas and I dont see any! I look at her with a fine toothed comb... Like the lady in "Gorillas in the Mist"...lol... I have never had a flea issue and I am sure they are out there due to stray cats and squirrels in the neighborhood....but I had a bit of an issue giving Newt a drug to kill fleas with a pill due to kidney and other types of issues. This is a great post! I gave Newt one shot for Lymes disease and now that I have done research I wont be giving her that anymore either.(she hasnt had a tick yet) ...My Old vet used to tell me about Frontline and said you can apply every 3 weeks if you have bad fleas and stripe it all the way down their back where you know they cant reach it. I use "Frontline" like I said once every (Blue Moon) perhaps every 6 months.... I have had no fleas to speak of :)
 

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My dog was going goofy with all the fleas and scratching. I called my vet's office and was told that I could buy either one tablet or a six months supply of Comfortis. I chose the six mo. supply. Wow! Within a day my dog had no more fleas. The difficult part was that I had to spray ALL my carpeting and the dog's sleeping area with Ectokyl. If he gets ticks I'll deal with it when it happens (-: Of course, I also give him Heartgard.
 

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I don't beleive this person was real..... prob someone who worked for the company that makes the pills.....


We have a 15 year old mixed breed who we adore and recently she has had fleas which she had never had before! In fact they were so bad ......we had tried everything the vet had to offer and we sprayed our yard, ect.... Our vet told us about a new oral medication that they were getting that was guaranteed to kill the fleas on her and get them under control.....which turned out to be Comfortis. We gave her the first dose three weeks ago. After 24 hours there were no fleas and there have not been any since. She has not itched and has been so relaxed and calm....it is a miracle! Occasionally we find a dead flea on top of her fur...but it is DEAD and not biting her! This medication definately works and everyone needs to realize that fleas are a health risk not only to your pet, but to humans. They are almost impossible to control and your pet suffers so much while you try different meds or home remedies. This product may carry a few side effects such as vomiting or diarrhea (neither of which our dog had) but we had fleas so bad that we took the chance. It DOES work! Within 25 minutes we watched the fleas literally hop off of our dog and die and like I said, in 24 hours she had NONE! I would highly recommend it!
 

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My vet gave us this for Ruby's fleas last week (july 28). we also treated the cats in our house with flea medication and cleaned our house and the pet bedding..... Ruby has had a bad reaction to the pill (or so the vet thinks). On tuesday, one week after taking the pill, the fleas were not gone and Ruby was scratching and whining. She also had an outbreak of hives and pink spots. We gave her a flea bath and some benadryl... that worked, and on wednesday she was back to her old self.... but on thursday the fleas were back as well as the hives and the pink spots. We gave her more benadryl in the morning and again after we got home from work... it didn't seem to help at all, in fact an hour after i gave her the second dose of benadryl she threw up. We gave her another flea bath last night but within 30mins my wife found another flea on Ruby. She hardly slept last night...

I called the vet this morning and took her in. I thought she was having an allergic reaction to the flea bites, but the vet said he had never seen a flea bite allergy reaction that looked like what ruby has.
He has taken back this medication (and credited our account) and has given us new medication(frontline i think *CORRECTION, he gave us REVOLUTION for Ruby and both of the cats, not Frontline*). He has also put her on prednazone<sp> for the "rash" and asked us not to start the new flea medication until we see more fleas on her (he couldn't find any while we were there this morning).
He has also called the company that makes this medication to report the effects on Ruby and to see if there are any other reported cases of it.
He'll call us back after they call him back.

Now we'll have to clean the entire house again..... but i'm still not convinced that we are infested.

We have also been given new medication for the cats. One pill they will take today is supposed to kill all the fleas on them within 24hours. then we can give the topical medication 24 hours later i guess.
Let's hope this is all cleared up after this weekend... I don't think ruby can take anymore scratching......



I know of Comfortis and will tell you everything I know good and bad....Personally I have not used it and at this time have not decided to sell it, so everything I say is from research and what the drug reps have told me.

It is a new product once a month flea pill for dogs over 14 weeks old, it just came out in 2007, it works on the same concept as the CapStar pill, which you may have heard of, but unlike Capstar is suppose to last for a month. *It is being advertised as the "once a month flea treatment, without the oily liquid" as frontline and advantix are....I think it is only sold in a six month supply and on figuring price we were estimating having to charge about $65 to $70 dollar a box for it. Have heard some places are $80 plus a box.

This came up in another thread and thought others may want to know about it.....If you have not heard of it yet you probably will by your next vet visit.....Here is the post from the other thread................

It is given once a month by mouth and kills fleas. It kills fleas only. That is one reason I am not sold on it and am not selling it...we have to many ticks around here to not have something treating for fleas and ticks and lets face it going back to tick collars is a major step backwards...also keep in mind you would not have the skeeter med's from the advantix as well for those who use it. *

It has to be given on a full stomach and is also beef and pork flavored so if a dog has food allergy to either, it cant be used.


The side effects noted:

Testing was on 50 dogs.....12% of dogs vomited after taking it the first time, 5% had a reduced appetite and another 5% having diarrhea. It said the numbers were less after repeat doses of the med's (2nd and 3rd months)

It should not be used in dogs who have any type of seizure disorders, it was shown to cause them to have one after taking the med's and they dont really know why, they just tell us that, dogs with seizure disorders should use a different flea control product.

The product is not to be used in pregnant or nursing females. During initial testing it was given to pregnant and nursing mothers and some problems listed were loss of litter during pregnancy, poor weight gain of puppies, and vomiting.

There are some long term questions regarding issues with the liver, but most of them are no different then taking any med's.

That is really about what I know......So without personal use I cant really say one way or the other.....I can say that I am a little worried about products that are not safe for younger pups, preg and nursing mothers and in areas where there are fleas, ticks and skeeters having no extra protection and now days that is pretty much everywhere.....

If I were to sell it then I am sure I would say the same thing as other vets....Lets try it, it is the new big thing and keep in mind clinics that now have a shelf full they need to sell it. *When we calculated the cost to buy it...there are four sizes...12 boxes to a "sleeve" at about $50.00 a box....That is a $2500 investment that has to be made with the drug company just to carry the product and only one box of each size (four different because it is based on weight)...

My thing is that I am not sure how I would convience a client that it is better then Advantix or Frontline because I dont think it is better! I will live with the oily spot to have more coverage..... *

Hope that helps!!!!
 
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