My dog had a severe skin reaction to Advantix 2 the other night. Thanks to a Dawn bubble bath we are less frenzied and things are back to normal but this leaves me with trying to figure how to prevent flea and tick bites in Lyme prone Loudoun County. We used Adavantix 2 all last year with no problem, but I guess things changed for him over the winter. He is prone to having lots of allergies (including being allergic to fleas, certain foods, and I guess we can add this to the list). Has anyone sucessfully fought this battle with the nature loving dog?
You could try Activyl. It is a flea/tick treatment but is also supposed to repel ticks. I work at vet clinic and got samples to try on my dogs. Seems to work but leaves a greasy spot for a very long time. I applied it on my dogs on the first of the month and there was a greasy, dirty spot 10 days later. The drug rep said I could wash the dog. Not going to happen as I have four JRTs. I don't want to have to wash all of my dogs every month. Maybe the spot seemed worse because my dogs are white. I did not have any side effects.
I would try Frontline Plus or if you don't want to do a topical, try Sentinel which has the lufenuron that used to be sold as "Program". Makes the flea eggs not hatch. But if you have a flea bit allergy dog, Frontline would be best. Also if you're in a tick area.
A good horseman doesn't have to tell anyone...the horse already knows.
I use diatomaceous earth. Add a little to their food every day through flea/tick/lice season and I've had no problems for over 2 years. I quit the chemical route after my bitch had an awful reaction to advantage.