fleas, tick meds

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LeoNola's picture
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we are currently using trifexis, treats fleas and heart worms via pill. we need somthing for ticks. our dobes love the trails but man the ticks are bad down south here. and tips to treat all?

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not sure about dobermans but we have our rottweiler on Comfortis and it does all.....it's a chewable tablet.....my chihuahua and the rottie get it as do all the cats.....

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We alternate Sofia with Advantix and Frontline. Vet says they build up a tolerance so alternating is a good idea.. Dunno.. vets say a lot of things don't they.. However even living here in hot dry Baja we've never had a problem with either one of the nasties...

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We do heartguard and frontline.  Seems expensive to buy both with all these products now that do it all. But that's what we have been doing for 5 years and we are creatures of habit.  

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I use ProMeris it is the only flea tick medicine that has Amitraz as an ingredient.  Sheldi had Demodex and we use the ProMeris as a preventative since we are using it for fleas and ticks anyways.

 

I just wanted to offer a suggestion of Skin So Soft bmade by Avon.  You mix it 3 parts water 1 part SSS, and spray it on.  It is also good for their skin as a moisterizer.  I am not a rep, but use this on Shelbi and my horses.

Just a suggestion.

 

Jeri & Shelbi

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Just a suggestion as others have touched on. Rotate your products and do it according to your regions seasons.  Yes, sounds expensive, but it's good prevention and practice and very much worth it; it keeps your pets healthy and happy.  It's the worms and other parasites that build tolerance to the pesticide ingredients, so when you rotate you are able to kill most if not all parasites when they are at their peak cycles and break it up.  If you don't know which product goes with what season, take your pets in to see your vet and have them  do a fecal test for a parasite egg count and your vet SHOULD start you on the right rotation.  

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I don't give anything systemic because of the possibility of liver issues.  We're lucky, though - for some reason they just don't get fleas and I check for ticks daily.  They very rarely have any, even though we live in the woods.  We got Skin So Soft last year for gnats - be careful!  The dogs were OK, but I'm really allergic to it!  Test in a small spot first - I was miserable with a rash up and down my arms. 

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Hey all I just read something today that if you take fresh Rosemary (herb) and dry it in the microwave, strip the leaves and grind them up in a blender to a powder, you can then take the powder and rub it in your pets fur and it is supposed to work for tick control and you can use it on your yard too, of course that would take alot of rosemary but it is something worth looking into if your dog is sensitive to the man made chemicals rosemary might do the trick. You can also sprinkle their beds with the stuff.

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try rose geranium essential oil. i've been using it for my 6 month puppy, since his immune sytem is still not ready for frontline etc. so far we've been spared of tick flea issues. do read up about it. all the best..

 

I personally would not use trifexis - google it and you will find that way too many dogs have died after using it. 

I advise my puppy families to use frontline if they need it and heartguard - I'm not comfortable with anything else. 

I'm lucky that we have had no issues with fleas in the 19 years we have lived in SE Pennsylvania - the ticks are a whole nuther dealie though - ugh.  We treat our fenced yard a couple of times a year and I keep my dogs in the gravel run for at least a week afterwards - they don't go on the grass till the treatment is well watered into the soil. I don't use frontline, but have no issue with it in most cases.... I just avoid chemicals as much as possible. Ticks are really bad this year and I go over my dogs every day. Before treating the yard, I was pulling off ticks every day, when normally I might find one or two each year. 

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 a lint roller works well to remove ticks before they latch on , just roll all over the body as soon as you finish your hike in the woods before they have a chance to latch on !!