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What is the best topical tick preventative these days?

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  • #21
    Originally posted by Guin View Post
    I switched to Advantix last year because the Frontline did nothing, and am very happy with it. You just need to keep the dogs away from cats until it's dried on them.
    Some gave me a "thumbs down" BAD rating for thise? <eye roll>
    I realize that I'm generalizing here, but as is often the case when I generalize, I don't care. ~ Dave Barry


    • #22
      Ceftriaxone is a pretty heavy duty antibiotic for a new infection, not to mention the risk of infection from the PICC line and gall bladder diseases. I'd go the oral Doxy route first, for at least 6 weeks, maybe 3 months (for humans, that is).

      Guin, I figure the more thumbs down I get the better. You can't please everyone


      • Original Poster

        @Wendy, perhaps I just got brain washed working in a clinic, but I was under the impression that the OTC stuff just doesn't work as well as the prescription stuff.

        I'm not opposed to trying anything at this point. Found one on my lab yesterday...it was a deer tick and it looks like it had been there for a bit. They're freaking impossible to see when they're small and you've got a black dog in front of you. Grossness.
        A good horseman doesn't have to tell anyone...the horse already knows.

        Might be a reason, never an excuse...


        • #24
          We still have good luck with Frontline Plus. I never really know what people are saying about "ticks" being found on the dogs though. Every day we run them off leash and they come in with ticks "on" them -- alive, and walking n them. We try our best to give them the once over (and ourselves, of course) and flush ticks down the toilet.

          If we are vigilant about the Frontline, we sometimes find ticks "on" the dogs - as in they have bitten the dog and are still attached - but are dead. I rarely find a tick "attached" to my dog that is alive, but if I do, it is usually small (not engorged) and I generally believe it to be a new one (that would have died if I didn't pull it off).

          Occasionally we will find an engorged tick that is still alive on one of the dogs, but that is usually if I've forgotten - we do have to be very vigilant - every 30 days for ticks around here. We do not have fleas to worry about.

          So...if you want a "tick repellent" - Frontline is not going to do that. It doesn't repel the ticks (as in keep them from biting the dog), but kills them rather quickly if they do bite.

          That said, my younger dog (2.5) tested positive for Lyme this year and went on a month course of Doxy. Interestingly, my 11 year old tested negative and has never tested positive. Both dogs are routinely vaccinated for Lyme, given the prevalence of ticks and Lyme in our area. (And being vaccinated will not make them test + for Lyme disease).

          Good luck - it is hard and it's a little scary. We basically know that we are all in danger of tick bites and Lyme exposure but what can you do? Can't stay in the house all the time - I have hunting dogs, so they will also not be happy on a leash or in the mowed yard forever.


          • #25
            Originally posted by Guin View Post
            Some gave me a "thumbs down" BAD rating for thise? <eye roll>
            Haha, must be Advantix is BAD! Or maybe it's the "keep the cats away" that is BAD! Thumbs down to keeping cats alive!


            • #26
              Large property here, and the ticks are pretty much a certain thing each time I walk it with the dog. Hunters fight over my land - plenty of deer coming through. Cut way back this year on our walks.

              However, learned on here that, for people, you can buy Pyrmethrin (sp?) at Walmart (hunting dept.) to spray on clothes (I made one set that I only wear out in the woods.)

              My vet told me that Frontline is ok - that you'll still see the ticks on the animals, but that it does kill them on the animal.

              Check yourself over after every walk. I now schedule a shower immediately afterward if possible.
              But he thought, "This procession has got to go on." So he walked more proudly than ever, as his noblemen held high the train that wasn't there at all. H.C.Anderson