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No, Frontline does NOT repel ticks, though it should kill the tick within 24 hours. That is why I switched to Advantix, which does, also repel them to some extent. Still, you'll have to get used to the fact that if you have a dog, you are going to find ticks on them.
Lyme vaccine is not 100% effective (or even close) and because of the bad reaction profile, my vet doesn't even recommend using it. And Lyme is only one of a NUMBER of tick-borne diseases in our area. There are no vaccines at all for any of the others.
The best way to prevent infection is to do exactly what we do with people. Use a repellant, which will help some, but won't solve the problem, and then check the dog over CAREFULLY at least daily, preferably twice a day. If you are getting ticks off within 12 hours, you are pretty safe. Some sources actually say you have 24 hours, but this estimate is being revised downward.
And, no, I don't think it's fair to keep a dog OR a human inside to avoid ticks or other potential outdoor dangers. You just need to take proper precautions. Remember, also, that Lyme and other tick borne diseases CAN be successfully treated with antibiotics. IT's a matter of being alert, and aware of the possible symptoms so that the dog (or person) gets treatment ASAP. It's when these diseases are left UNTREATED for long periods that they can cause lasting damage.
The fact is that 60% of dogs in N.E. seroconvert to positive for Lyme by their 3rd birthday (knock on wood, Kodi is part of the 40% who haven't) and most of them live long happy lives anyway. Lyme is not a new problem. It is just that we are much more aware of it now!
Karen, Kodi & Pixel
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