Dog Site - Dog Stuff
Dog Forum | Dog Pictures

Go Back   Chazhound Dog Forum > Dog Discussions and Dog Talk Forums > Dogs - General Dog Chat

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 08-15-2012, 08:35 AM
Dogdragoness's Avatar
Dogdragoness Dogdragoness is offline
Happy Thanksgiving!
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Gillett/Flower Mound TX
Posts: 4,116
Default Generic topical flea products... Are they safe?

Hi guys I was recently at the flea market & saw sargents gold flea drops for a dollar (i know I know lol) & couldn't resist thr deal & picked up a couple of boxes. But I got home & stumbled across an article written by this lady whose dog almost died from a reaction to this product.

But I know they can also get reactions from thr 'good' stuff too, my question is is it safe for me to use? I have used many OTC flea meds over the yrs (I just can't afford frontline or advantix ) without a prob. So would it be safe for me to use it on my dogs?
If there are any typos, it means I am on my phone LOL

Reply With Quote
Old 08-15-2012, 08:49 AM
MicksMom's Avatar
MicksMom MicksMom is offline
Top Dog
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Warren Co, NJ
Posts: 3,952

I don't trust Sergeants products. It's just a gut reaction, but when I mentioned it to my vet a couple of years ago, he agreed with me. He has no problems with people using more cost effective stuff they don't get from him, so it wasn't a money thing.
My Labrador Retriever Was Handler Impaired
Reply With Quote
Old 08-15-2012, 09:08 AM
Gempress Gempress is offline
Walks into Mordor
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 11,955

Nothing wrong with using the cheaper flea products. I personally haven't used either Sergeant or flea collars in general. I tend to stick to the flea shampoos and dips. I've used the Hartz flea shampoo in the past, and it works well.

There's also good news! One of the big-name brands (I believe Frontline?) has gone generic in the past few months. The generic brand is called Fiproguard, and is half the price of Frontline. I've been using it on my pups and it works great.
Reply With Quote
Old 08-15-2012, 09:50 AM
~Jessie~'s Avatar
~Jessie~ ~Jessie~ is offline
Chihuahua Power!
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Central Florida
Posts: 19,665

I personally wouldn't use Sergeants or Hartz flea products. A simple google search brings up a lot of scary stories.

And on Amazon, it had 33 reviews... 30 of those reviews were 1/5 stars.

L to R: Chloe, Rylie, Emma, Tucker, and Rory
My Blog- Chihuahuas are not Sheep
Reply With Quote
Old 08-15-2012, 10:50 AM
*blackrose's Avatar
*blackrose *blackrose is offline
"I'm kupo for kupo nuts!"
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Mississippi
Posts: 7,031

I've never heard of Sargents, but I would not use Hartz. At all. I have seen first hand the nasty side effects it causes. Severely burnt skin and hairloss, mainly.
The generic Frontline on the market now is about as cheap as I would go.
Cynder, Daddy's girl Little Lab muttly and Abrams, Momma's boy Chesapeake Bay Retriever
~*~ DOB 1/28/2006 ~*~ DOB 4/11/13 ~*~

Reply With Quote
Old 08-15-2012, 11:00 AM
monkeys23's Avatar
monkeys23 monkeys23 is offline
Top Dog
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: PNW
Posts: 1,621

I wouldn't use it.

This year I changed from Frontline Plus to Revolution because of the Interceptor (hw preventative) shortages. I'm happier with Revolution so far than I had been with Frontline Plus.
Reply With Quote
Old 08-15-2012, 11:09 AM
Greenmagick's Avatar
Greenmagick Greenmagick is offline
Top Dog
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: St. Louis, MO
Posts: 3,199

Yeah, I wouldnt use it. All of these products are toxic (even the good ones) and I have a hard enough time justifying "safe" ones that for me, the risk and danger from others is just too great.
Reply With Quote
Old 08-15-2012, 11:19 AM
Renee750il's Avatar
Renee750il Renee750il is offline
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Where the selas blooms
Posts: 94,266

Now you can get K9 Advantix in bulk
In a controversy the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves. ~Buddha

Stupid is the most notoriously incurable and contagious disease known to mankind. If you find yourself in close proximity to someone infected with stupid, walk away as soon as said infection is noted.

There are few things more nauseating than pure obedience. ~ Kvothe

***8206;"silence is the language of god, all else is poor translation."
Be a god. Know when to shut up.

Good Kharma Tags
Reply With Quote
Old 08-15-2012, 01:42 PM
Southpaw's Avatar
Southpaw Southpaw is offline
orange iguanas.
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 7,749

I wouldnt touch that stuff. The only otc flea /tick product I would buy is frontline.

Juno CGC 2009 :: Sawyer 2015 :: Cajun CGC 2013 :: Lucy 2006
Run free, Molly :: Happy
Reply With Quote
Old 08-15-2012, 03:23 PM
Aleron's Avatar
Aleron Aleron is offline
Top Dog
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: NE Ohio
Posts: 2,270

Originally Posted by Renee750il View Post
Now you can get K9 Advantix in bulk
Have you used this product?
Nikki & the Herding Breed Variety Pack
Visit Us on Facebook:
Reply With Quote


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:45 AM.

1997-2013 Chazhound Dog Site