(Closed) Dog owners who have Tick issues – what's your rec for tick prevention?

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@oracle:  We use Frontline plus on our 80lb greyhound with a very sensitive stomach. He does usually have one day of runny stools a day or two after the application but then he’s fine and we have lots of ticks in our area and he’s never had one stick. We’ve found a couple walking around on his coat, but none have dug in. 

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@oracle:  Spray your yard and keep the dogs out of the woods is one of the better preventatives.  Even with a good tick prevention, they are still going to get a few.  Frontline seems to be the most recommended because Advantix can’t be used on your dog if you also have a cat.  it also says it should be used twice a month for tick prevention (flea prevention is effective at once a month.)

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I use Frontline Plus on my dogs and it works pretty good, though my vet told me to reapply it every 25 days instead of 30 on my 14 lb. dog. It works great since we have both deer and dog ticks in our yard. Tons of deer passing through bringing all their little friends! My vet mentioned last week that Frontline has a new better med on the market that’s being used in southern states, she said she was hoping to get it in the northeast but it hadn’t been approved for our area yet.

 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I’ve always had really good luck with Frontline products, both for fleas and ticks.  Advantix does contain permethrin which is extremely toxic to cats, so it’s something to be aware of. 

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

If you want to go totally non-toxic, tick nippers are great for getting ticks off without having to touch anything/ruin a good pair of tweezers! We use Frontline, but i’m considering stopping it and just doing nippers to save all of us from exposure to the neurotoxin that’s in it.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

So glad you asked this, my dogs always seem to pick up not one but two kinds of ticks. Disgusting!  My puppy is ten weeks and the treatment i have is for 12 weeks and over so thats a no go

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

We use the oral pill for fleas and heartworm, but it doesn’t work against ticks. I mostly keep them out of long grass, check them often, and add apple cider vinegar to their water.

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY

This worked to rid my cats and dogs of fleas! No ticks from what I’ve seen and where I’m from the ticks are BAD

Post # 13
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Busy bee

We had an issue with ticks for a while.  We used revolution – it’s topical and does flea, heartworm, and tick.  

Regular baths with flea/tick shampoo, but make sure it’s at least one week after applying the medicine to them.  I think the packaging says less time, but my vet said it really needs to be longer.

We would check them for ticks every day, picking off the ones we found. 

I also made it a point to vacuum the house at least every other day (the more the better!) Make sure you empty the vacuum each time though.  

Another thing that seemed to work was taking them to use the bathroom in a new spot.  

We used a spray throughout the house and yard too, I believe it was Harris Flea & tick, you can find it at home depot.

Good luck!!

 

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I use this brand on my dog, and works wonders 🙂

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Where do you live? ( city, country?  Dry vs rainy Conditions?) I have used Frontline literally for yrs.  Ever since I lived w/ my parents (still in H.S. on our family dogs). When I got married, started using it our babies as well. We’re military so I’ve tested it in NC, MS & TN & has always worked great on both fleas & ticks. (2-70 lb. babies). But, every baby is different & location does sometimes make a difference. But for now,  it’s the best for us.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

@oracle:  I use frontline plus with my 100 lbs german shepherd. We do daily runs in the woods, hiking, camping and plenty of beach time each year. Other than using a a metal comb before putting in the house after adventures I’ve never had a tick stick. She also a sensitive stomach and skin, never had a reaction either

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