help – ticks keep getting in my dogs ear…!

posted 2 years ago in Pets
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Those tick collars dont so shit, just a waste of money. The only thing I have had work is the “oil” kind you put on their back. K9 advantix… You can buy it online. I would be hesitant about using any type of vinegar on te dog, it can really irritate their skin, and give a burning sensation….plus it stinks.

Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

chica95110:  graygodess20:  Agreed Collars don’t do anything. We also use Advantix. Don’t get the junk from the petstores, supposedly those can really burn the skin. Advantix works like a CHARM.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

+1 to Advantix.

Also the ticks could be coming from bushes, maybe the palm tree you mentioned. If the ticks are mainly going in your dogs ears, I’d say she’s sticking her head in a bush. What breed is she?

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I don’t think a puppy can have advantix until he’s older. Call the vet and ask what can be done. Also make sure the dog gets a Lyme vaccine when it’s appropriate. Have the vet show you how to remove them properly too. 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

HappySky7:  if I remember correctly…or maybe it was just my vet.. At least 8 weeks and 5+ pounds. We couldn’t use anything on our pup bc she was only 2 lbs for a good chunk of time

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

Ticks can hang out anywhere, even on a stick just chillin on the pavement. That being said, those tick and flea collars are super ineffective against flea and tick prevention  – even worse is that they can cause major skin irritation and even neurological complications.

I was like you in that I wanted to take natural approaches – unfortunatly essential oils, etc. are not that great either. After talking with my vet I came to the conclusion that prescriptive flea and tick prevention far outweigh the risks of not using proper prevention. Good luck tt’ing with your vet!

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper

chica95110:  Ugh….I live in the Northern midwest of the U.S., and the ticks have been AWFUL this year. I use front line plus on my dogs and it works great. You can use it on puppies 8 weeks and older, and it is available online. 

I know you said you were interested in nautural remedies, but I really think you need to go with an actual pesticide treatment. Fleas and ticks pose a bigger risk to your pups health than the medicines that prevent them. 

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

graygodess20:  yeah something like that… I remember my dog couldn’t have it his first summer for some reason .., and he’s only supposed to get a half dose now because of his weight or something? 

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I bought this tool to take them off, it worked pretty well the one time I used it!

http://www.petfooddirect.com/product/2730/ticked-off-tick-remover-tool-for-pets?extcid=PLA&gclid=CjwKEAjwuYOeBRCy3pLljpjDkDcSJAAhA4mtf-aGlE-1IOP7O9LGa9TG6-Qs6BZNUSsdzBhryLU4DRoCG5fw_wcB

As for flea & tick collars, there’s a new one out, Seresto, that does work well, but it’s a little pricey – it does last 8 months though.

http://www.amazon.com/Bayer-Seresto-Flea-Collar-Large/dp/B00B8CG602/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

chica95110:  How old is the puppy? If it’s a medium/large mixed breed and away from it’s mother it most likely is big enough for the traditional medicine.

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