I have been doing a lot of research on various flea and tick repellents for a few months now and unfortunately feel just as confused as before on what should I give to my Mocha. Only now I feel trapped by having to decide which of the poison to give to my dog rather than if to give anything at all. But I dont want to accept this as a given, therefore now Im trying to research the other alternative and would very much appreciate everyone's thoughts and especially experience on the topic.
Here in Vilnius, the fleas are not really a problem if you keep your dog generally clean and well looked after, however that cannot be said about ticks - they're very dangerous and very common, in the past couple of years even in the city!
I haven't seen much discussion about babesiosis which is tick bourne disease, on this forum(you can read more about it here
if you wish), but here in Europe its on the rise and is very nasty and deadly to canines. And now when apparently you dont even have to leave the city to get a tick, the dog owners have to be as alert as never before.
Mocha is 5 months old now and 1 month ago after discussing with my vet i gave her Nexgard, because she was still very young and the ticks were waking from the winter hibernation hungry and very dangerous, so I chose the lesser evil at the time. Although no adverse reactions appeared, I have decided not to use it again.
Topicals and collars don't convince me either, so I started searching for natural alternatives - essential oil sprays, amber collars. I wonder, if there's anyone on here who chooses natural alternatives over chemical ones too? I did read almost all the posts on the topic in this forum, but didnt find anyone specifically sharing their choices on the natural repellents.
Does anyone have any experience to share? Very much appreciate it in advance.
Have a lovely weekend everyone.