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Certifect for flea/tick control

Has anyone heard of certifect made by frontline? My vet is suggesting this over the frontline. We have a lot of ticks here in Central NJ. I hate to put anything on Charley but last year he got a tick and was treated with an antibiotic. I'm thinking this year I should do something although my vet says that Frontline doesn't do the job anymore.

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Frontline doesn't prevent ticks here either, and I'm not convinced that it kills them in time to prevent infection. I know the cat and dog formulas are different, but I have pulled some pretty swollen, live, ticks off our cat, who has Frontline on all the time.

I use Advantix on Kodi, and he has never had any problem with it. I do use it on a 6 week schedule, rather than monthly, and I only use it during the winter months if there is an extended warm period and the ticks come out again.


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Frontline doesn't work for me anymore my vet recommended Vectra 3D. i do the same as Karen, wish I didn't have to but I do. I did find a still small, bloody tic in his hair,looks like it bit him but then dropped off. You will still see tics crawling on your pet, so you need to always check. Hopefully they will not attach,or at least not for long!

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Since Charley is black the ticks don't exactly stand out. I'm so not sure what to give him at this point. I hate to put these pesticides on him. Frontline doesn't appear to work in my area anymore. But when I read the reviews on Certifect or any of them - I hear these horror stories about the side effects.

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Since Charley is black the ticks don't exactly stand out. I'm so not sure what to give him at this point. I hate to put these pesticides on him. Frontline doesn't appear to work in my area anymore. But when I read the reviews on Certifect or any of them - I hear these horror stories about the side effects.
The trouble is that ANY one dog can react poorly to ANY of them. none of them are 100% effective OR 100% safe. The majority of products are relatively safe for most dogs. If your dog is one of the unlucky ones...

So you just have to weigh the cost/benefit of using them, and then watch closely for ANY signs of reaction. I also make sure that I don't apply flea/tick preventative within a few days of heart worm meds. If Kodi HAS a reaction, I want it to be clear what he's reacting to. I also think it's less of a hit on the immune system not to double up on things like this.


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My fiance found a tick attached to Maccabee when he was with him in PA (of course, the call came in 30 minutes after I left the house. GRRR...). At the time, Maccabee was on Frontline. My vet suggested switching him to Vectra 3D. We haven't had any problems or seen any ticks while in that.

Maccabee was off the Vectra 3D all winter, mostly because he was sick and I didn't want to give him any additional medications. Plus, since he is litter box trained, I kept him inside and away from other dogs. I discussed tick/flea treatment with our vet last week and he said that although the Vectra 3D should be fine, if Maccabee was his dog he would hold off due to the liver shunt. He said to check him carefully when he comes inside now that I am taking him on short walks. If we plan to spend an extended time outdoors, he said I might want to consider Revolution instead of the Vectra 3D.

I decided not to apply anything right now. He is scheduled for a consultation (and probably surgery) next week at the University of Tennessee. Once he recovers from that I will put him back on Vectra 3D.

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I've read mixed reviews in terms of giving flea/tick meds to puppies under 8 months.
Can anyone give me more Havanese specific information on this?
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I didn''t give it to charley at that age just b/c I didn't want to load him up with chemicals but I don't know what the right thing to do is.

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I've read mixed reviews in terms of giving flea/tick meds to puppies under 8 months.
Can anyone give me more Havanese specific information on this?
I don't think there is a clear cut answer to this. I think it comes down to cost/benefit analysis again. A severe flea infestation can cause severe anemia in puppies, and ticks carry nasty diseases. In a perfect world, we could keep our pups (and dogs!!!) away from these insect pests. But we don't live in a perfect world, and depending on where you live, it may be impossible to avoid them. I think this is a matter that you need to discuss with your vet and your breeder, and come up with the plan that makes them most sense for YOUR puppy, under YOUR circumstances!


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Last year was a terrible tick year for us. I had been using Frontline Plus, and then tried Certifect. Cali had a terrible reaction to Cerifect. She was so itchy and uncomfortable. She moaned and groaned and rolled around on the floor. This lasted for 24 hours and gradually the symptoms dininished. I know this isn't the worst reaction story ever, but I would never use it again. We're back to using Frontline Plus. Her coat is short, and I check for ticks after each outing.

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