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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 04-19-2012, 10:13 PM Thread Starter
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Last week, my neighbor told me she was taking her Hav, Benji, to the vet because his eyes were swollen. She thought it was an allergy since the pollen counts have been rediculously high. Tonight, she told me she ended up taking Benji to an ophthalmologist who diagnosed tick disease. My neighbor was unsure of the specific disease and plans to get more details when she takes Benji back in 2 weeks.

Benji is currently on Frontline Plus, as is Maccabee. Benji walks daily in a wooded area near our homes, whereas Maccabee's walks are limited to sidewalk and grassy areas. Still, if the dog two doors down was infected with a tick disease, Maccabee is probably at risk also.

What do you use for tick prevention? Maccabee goes back to the vet next week, so I'll ask him, but i'd like to hear what you are using.


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Aw Sorry to hear about the little one.

I found the only thing that works for me is the Preventic tick collar along with frontline. This is what my vet recommended. K-9 advantix works, but a lot of dogs have had bad reactions to it, including my dogs. My vet stopped carrying it because it is too harsh. The collar repels the ticks. It amazing.

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When we had a bad tick problem last year, we had to use the Preventic tick collar.

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DH puts something on the grass every spring and fall that kills all insects, including Ticks. He already did it about a month ago, and will be repeating it again sometime within the next week. That keeps ticks at a minimum in our yard. My dogs spend most of their outdoor time in our fenced in yard, where they run and play, but no other animals can come in, not even deer.

I have to look at what I usually put on the dogs, haven't done it so far. I know I got it from BJs last summer.

The stuff DH puts out on the grass is good enough that last summer I didn't need to put any tick prevention on Bumi.


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Last fall we found a regular dog tick on Tucker and called the vet. He changed Tucker from Frontline Plus to Vectra 3D. On Frontline the tick should have been dead, but it wasn't. Tick infestation has gotten horrific in our area and Frontline wasn't working as it should. Tucker doesn't go into any wooded areas just our yard and walks through the neighborhood on the street. Ticks are everywhere!!!!!
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I'm using frontline and a tick spray from iherb.com and so far no ticks on the dogs..just on me! Always at night in the bed...yes the dogs sleep with me! They seem to be protected and I'm NOT! I honestly only find one when the lawn is mowed..I think the guy mows into the weedline a little and that must stir them up...I just become alot more vigilant about checking them and myself when we come in out of the yard........
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Atticus is on Vectra now, I have used frontline and Advantix with other dogs. My vet says the ticks are not responding to those others well (they used to work better) So now they are using Vectra. I'm sure it's awful stuff,but we have terrible ticks in Vt. At least he is white which helps!

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My vet recommended Advantix because they were finding too many "failures" with Frontline in the past year. So far, so good. No ticks on Beau, 1 on me!!

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I think this is an area where it really depends on where in the country you live. Some areas are showing resistance to some meds, others to different meds. You really have to talk to the vet orother local dog owners to find out what is working best in your area, and how to use it in the safest way.

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Be careful with the Vectra and Advantix. They have the same harsh ingredient. My guys were on Advantix for years before the developed a rash all over their bodies and Fred had neurological issues. the rash didn't go away until it was out of their systems. It took over a month. Scuds got lyme even though he was on Frontline Plus.... that's why I decided to use the Preventick collar in conjunction with it.

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