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How Much Does Dog Flea Control Cost?

 
low costLow: $20-$40 per yearaverage costMedium: $40-$200 per year
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  Typical costs:
  • A flea-and-tick shampoo used with a flea comb costs between $20 and $40 per year, depending on the size of the dog. Shampoos and combs are mainly used for killing or removing adult fleas already on a pet, and have little residual activity.
  • A weekly flea dip or a monthly oral flea prevention pill combined with a tick collar costs between $40 and $150 per year, depending on the size of the dog. Dips kill adult fleas and have some residual activity, but can be messy since they must be mixed with water. Pills generally do not kill adult fleas, but keep flea larvae form developing.
  • A topspot flea and tick control product administered monthly costs between $150 and $200 or more per year, depending on the size of the dog. This type is by far the most popular because it prevents both fleas and ticks -- and sometimes other pests -- and is safe and easy to use. It also kills adult fleas and prevents new larvae from developing.
  • PetEducation.com[1] offers a rundown of the types of products available and their uses and advantages.
Related articles: Dog Food, Dog Grooming, Owning a Dog

What should be included:
  • DrsFosterSmith.com[2] provides a description of the active ingredients in various flea products, and how they work.
Additional costs:
  • If a dog already has a flea problem, the house or apartment and must be treated to kill the insects and larvae, too. This involves washing or vacuuming the pet's bedding and cleaning carpets. Sometimes, the home must be fogged by a professional exterminator. HealthyPet.com[3] has a guide to getting rid of fleas.
  • Tip: Check with your veterinarian before treating your home and yard. Too much of the same chemical -- on the pet and in the home -- or combining the wrong treatments can cause health problems, and some dog flea products are toxic to cats. DrsFosterSmith.com[4] provides product compatibility and safety information.
Discounts:
  • Tip: It is possible to buy prescription flea and tick medicine online for a discount, but thoroughly check out the company first, and only buy from a business that requires a prescription from a veterinarian who has examined your dog. DrsFosterSmith.com[5] and VetCentric.com[6] are licensed veterinary pharmacies that will deliver medications, but VetCentric.com works only with customers whose veterinarians have established a relationship with the pharmacy.
Shopping for dog flea control:
  • HealthyPet.com[7] has a guide to choosing and using flea control.
  • The most popular brands of topspot flea and tick control products are Revolution[8] , Advantage and Frontline[9] . While all of these products are applied to the dog's skin, each has a different active ingredient and slightly different features. VeterinaryPartner.com[10] provides a chart that compares features of the most popular brands of topspot flea and tick control products. The site also provides a look at common over-the-counter flea preparations[11] .
  • Flea and tick preventative or treatment can be purchased at DrsFosterSmith.com[12] , PetSmart.com[13] or PETCO.com[14] .
  • Consider avoiding products that contain organophosphates, which might cause health problems in pets and children. The Humane Society of the United States has a guide on how to choose safe products.
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What People Are Paying - Recent Comments
Topical flea medicine Advantix
Amount: $14.00
Posted by: Cynthia317 in Lemon Grove, CA.Posted: August 19th, 2015 09:08AM
Breed: ChihuahuaType: Dog
I buy a tube of Advantix or Frontline from my dog groomer and get the tube made for the biggest dogs, 55lbs+ and divide it up evenly on my 2 Chihuahuas and 3 cats with product left to spare. I get about 7 applications out of that tube. For the bigger tube, you get more product than the smaller sized dog tube for the same price. It's such a good deal. I bought it Posh Poodle in Lemon Grove, CA.
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Mfg. $ assistance with canine flea pills
Amount: $21.95
Posted by: Mrs. Sprabeary in Denton, TX.Posted: August 22nd, 2013 04:08PM
Breed: Terrier mixType: Dog-14 lbs
My neighbor is dying and on Hospice. Yesterday she found out her 7 yr old dog has cancer, & a skin infection from flea bites. It cost my friend over 100.00 for a diagnoses, OV & antibiotics for her skin; ONLY. Trying to live her last days on 827. a month that SSD pays. 22.00 per mo. for ONE monthly flea pill; literally takes food from her mouth. Are there any Mfg. willing to help with the cost of the dog flea meds? The dog is in so much pain from the cancer, that the fleas are making her chew her skin. Both dying souls need help. IF I could find $ help to pay for some of "Angel's" flea meds, or the surgery to remove the cancer mass($500).The owner is fighting for her life. If her dog dies, I think the owner, she will follow. To leave both angels without anyone to comfort their souls during those moments when medication can't help, $ no one is there to calm her fear during those dark lonely moments. Is there a pet loving Angel or Veterinarian willing to help? Info can be validated.
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Fleas and ticks
Amount: $50.00
Posted by: groomer Venus,Tx in Cedar Hill, TX.Posted: September 24th, 2010 05:09PM
Breed: All BreedsType:
To date the best product I have found is Advandtx
which can be purchased at the vet, petco and petsmart. I live on 10 acres and have tried all the products on the market. One thing you should keep in mind is none of them work 4 weeks, none of them. You should re-apply every three weeks. By the 3-4 month supply for around $50-$75. depending on the breed. But I can say this product works. Check with your vet and see what the wonder pill is on the market. Some people like them some do not. But never put a flea collar on a dog or cat that you are already applying another product to. Thats like putting a poison on top of a poison. You can make your pet very ill. Always give your pet a bath between applications.
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Comfortis
Amount: $80.00
Posted by: Vera in Tampa, FL.Posted: November 7th, 2009 05:11PM
Breed: PomeranianType:
Definitely the most effective flea control, but it does not work for ticks. No problems in the last year of use. My vet charges $80 for a six month supply for my 10 lb dog.
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  2.  www.drsfostersmith.com/pic/article.cfm?articleid=521
  3.  www.healthypet.com/PetCare/PetCareArticle.aspx?title=Fleas
  4.  www.drsfostersmith.com/pic/article.cfm?dept_id=0&siteid=12&acatid=176&aid=310
  5.  www.drsfostersmith.com/general.cfm?N=3001&gid=195
  6.  www.vetsfirstchoice.com/login/
  7.  www.healthypet.com/PetCare/PetCareArticle.aspx?title=Healthypet_Happies
  8.  /online.zoetis.com/US/en/Pages/US.aspx
  9.  www.frontline.com/Pages/default.aspx
  10.  www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&A=545&S=2&EVetID=0
  11.  www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&C=222&A=626&S=1
  12.  www.drsfostersmith.com/
  13.  www.petsmart.com/family/index.jsp?categoryId=2767071&cp=2767032
  14.  www.petco.com/N_22_133/Dog-Flea-and-Tick.aspx
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