Thanks Karen! What are you using these days for fleas and ticks?
Still using Advantix, as infrequently as I can get away with it. I really need something that REPELS ticks, because Kodi reacts so badly to the bite itself. (doesn't matter what kind of tick, or whether it's carrying a disease, it is the actual bite. He gets a hard lump that lasts for months, and then the hair falls out. If I'm lucky, the hair will grow back in a white streak. (he looks like Cruella DeVille
) When I missed a couple when he was younger, and they were on him just a few more hours (because I've ALWAYS checked him carefully before bed time) the hair fell out and he's had a permanent bald spot there. He's got two of those on his head, even though you can't see them unless you hunt through his long hair.
I think the Preventic collars also repel, but you've got to leave them on the dog all the time, if I understand correctly. And since he is in long coat, an all-the-time collar isn't an option.
I really think the BEST "tick protection" is careful tick checks, just like with people. Knock on wood, he'll be 6 at the end of April (STILL can't believe that!!!) and he's still negative for Lyme. Most dogs in our area have seroconverted by the time they're 3. I must be doing something right!