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Ticks - Check your furkids

I haven't (hadn't) put Gitter on a tick/flea preventative after reading about some reactions to K9Advantix which is what my vet recommends. So I have been researching other preventatives but hadn't made a firm decision yet.

Anyway Gitter and I were spending some time outside on the porch because it was so lovely. We both enjoy sitting out in the sun, smoozing and hanging. Yesterday evening, I had noticed when I was petting him what I thought was a small matt that I was going to brush out. Anyway, today I parted his hair and saw that it wasn't a matt but what I thought was a tick. I freaked! I went to the vet right away and they said the tick needed to be removed by the vet not a tech so they were good enough to fit me in. They removed the larger ones but found 5 other teeny little ticks on him.

I feel so negligent. If I hadn't been so worried about adverse reactions to a tick med, he would have been on one. I have no clue where we were that he picked up so many but he is pretty close to the ground so that might have made a difference.

Honestly I'm so paranoid since losing Domino to a possible bug bite, that I wonder how smart it was for me to get Gitter so soon after. I'm so afraid that something will happen to him or any pet that I bring home.

Gitter is no worse for wear and the vet said he was wonderful to work with and he came out from the back wagging a mile a minute but why do I feel as if I did him wrong. To top it off, they put K9Advantix on him in case she missed any other little ticks. So in the end, I'm no further ahead. Just guiltier.
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Don't be so hard on yourself, it is a hard balance. Unfortunately it really depends on the area you live in as how strong of a medication you need. You might just have to use something stronger where you are at and that might just be his best protection.

A few years back Isabelle was at my in law's farm with all kinds of animals and acerage. We brought her home and she had worms. I learned more than I wanted to know but she had fun at the farm. Now I make sure to give them revolution about a week before we visit the farm.

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I use Sentinel. I have been using that for the last few years for both my guys. Works great and no bad side effects.

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We use Frontline, no problems at this point.

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I use Frontline on Cicero. We did have one tiny flea this summer from a hike in the mountains this summer. We don't really have a tick problem in our area. When we went by the vet's office this week, she ask me to think about trying "Comfortis" for flea control. She said it's a pill given once a month and it will kill fleas within 30 minutes and last for a month. She suggest I just use a tick collar for the times we are in the woods, then remove it.

Don't mean to highjack -- but since we are talking tick control, does anything think this is a good idea?

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I didn't know we had a tick problem in our area, until today.
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Hedy, Cody has picked up ticks this summer also. I've used Frontline on he and Tess. I haven't found any on her but they seem to love Cody's fine, white hair. Fortunately I haven't found any on his skin, just in his leg hair.

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