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Lulu has Anaplasmosis. I think we caught it very early, but I am discouraged. In June she had Lyme. We check her often, but ticks are rampant in my area, and she loves to roll in the grass. We have been giving her Frontline plus, but apparently this is ineffective. The Vet has recommended Nexgard, but I am nervous about an ingested preventative. Looking for suggestions on what to do next. Thanks.

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Lulu has Anaplasmosis. I think we caught it very early, but I am discouraged. In June she had Lyme. We check her often, but ticks are rampant in my area, and she loves to roll in the grass. We have been giving her Frontline plus, but apparently this is ineffective. The Vet has recommended Nexgard, but I am nervous about an ingested preventative. Looking for suggestions on what to do next. Thanks.
When Frontline Plus became ineffective in our area, I switched to Advantix II and have had good luck with it. We live on Cape Cod MA, which is known for tick infestation. They are everywhere!


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When Frontline Plus became ineffective in our area, I switched to Advantix II and have had good luck with it. We live on Cape Cod MA, which is known for tick infestation. They are everywhere!
Thanks for the replies. I have not tried Advantix II. The ticks are rampant, we find them crawling on her all the time, and 2 weeks ago, DH had a tick bite that he thought was a mole on his upper arm. I will look into Advantix II.
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Kodi is on Advantix II during the worst part of the tick year too. The advantage it has is that it repels rather than just killing a tick once it bites. Kodi has a TERRIBLE reaction to tick bites, even without any disease being involved, so we were anxious to use something that would prevent bites rather than just kill ticks.

On top of the Advantix, though, I also am obsessive about going over every inch of him right after he comes in from a walk and again a thorough, to the skin grooming at least once a day. This also cuts down on the possibility of infection. Finally, we titer him twice a year to check for exposure to tick-borne diseases that may not have made him actively ill. If he were to come up positive, we would treat him, with or without symptoms.

So far, knock on wood, he is 5 1/2 and still negative on titers for all the common tick-borne diseases in this area, and we are in a hot-spot for Lyme.

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This summer we did have any problems with ticks, but last summer was horrible. I live in Fl so it is was the dog tick, not the lyme carrying kind. Advantix worked. The collars did too but they play a lot, rolling around and biting so I couldnt use those at home. We had blood tests twice on both dogs to check for everything.

In our case I think my dog got the tick at day care and brought it home. They took up residence in his crate (he was sleeping in one of the airline versions that has the plastic and the ticks made a nest in one of the crevices - ugh). It took awhile to figure that out. We got rid of the crate, switched to a wire crate and havent seen any since. We also had our yard treated, removed a bunch of old groundcover and had new sod installed. We also used the DE, put it around the walls etc and outside.

The tick problems are very much based on geography, so you have to go with what works in your area.
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