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Flea/Tick Prevention Recommendation?

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  • Flea/Tick Prevention Recommendation?

    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?

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    Its probably the pyrethrins in the Advantix he is reacting to, so going with something like Frontline that doesn't have them is probably a safer bet.

    otherwise you can try Comfortis and a Preventic collar. Ticks are tough.
    You can't fix stupid.... but you can breed it!

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      Tea tree oil shampoo is a natural tick repellent. Not sure how it works for fleas, though.
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      • #4
        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.

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        • #5
          I'm not a vet. There's my caveat.

          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.

          Might be a reason, never an excuse...

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          • #6
            How about a Preventic collar and Frontline? That was my final solution in tick heaven/Lyme heaven MD.

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              Thank you for the great suggestions everyone!

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              • #8
                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.
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                • #9
                  OP, there's a new product that Bayer has out now too--we just got samples at the clinic. It's a collar and it supposedly covers fleas and ticks for 8mos. It's called Seresto.

                  I personally am not going to try it on my dogs because I think they'll just tear the collars off of each other. But that might be another option if your dog is more sensitive to certain chemicals.
                  A good horseman doesn't have to tell anyone...the horse already knows.

                  Might be a reason, never an excuse...

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