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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-23-2014, 06:11 PM Thread Starter
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Flea&Tick Prevention

Hi everyone! Like all young puppy Mums I want the best for my fur baby.
And I was wondering about your experience with Flea&Tick medication.
Growing up as child of a naturopath I am always wary of too many chemicals and am aware that medicine usually causes side effects.
The vet gave Dalston a Frontline/Advantix type treatment in the neck at his last vaccination appointment.
I am sure it will prevent fleas, ticks etc, but at the same time I know that same treatment kills cats and it kills fleas who bite him beacause the toxins are in his blood system.
The Vet recommends constantly topping it up every 4 weeks and when we go into highly infested tick areas every 2 weeks.
I think when going on holiday in a zone thats full of paralysis ticks I would def want to use it...but all year around?
It doesn't feel right for me to put such a strong toxin on him for his whole life.

We live in the city and while is in contact with other dogs I am not sure how likely it is to get fleas. I groom/brush him daily, wouldn't I detect a flea early enough if one jumps on him and then just clean and bath him, his bed and all the whole house?

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Sunshine Coast = paralysis ticks nearly all year = Frontline every 2 weeks. Hate doing it but hate the effects of paralysis ticks more (ie death). We use frontline simply because Charlie and my Burmese cat Suki play together and Advantix is poisonous to cats.
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Sunshine Coast = paralysis ticks nearly all year = Frontline every 2 weeks. Hate doing it but hate the effects of paralysis ticks more (ie death). We use frontline simply because Charlie and my Burmese cat Suki play together and Advantix is poisonous to cats.
Thank you for your reply! we have been using Advantix regularly and so far it's been fine.
Now I am really confused: May I ask how you time your flea/tick medication with your baths? We just found fleas (very bad this year in Sydney) and I just learned that the treatment washes off, so I have been reapplying it every time after a bath. Now the Vet said it doesn't work after a bath, because it needs to work with the natural oils in hair/skin. I am so confused. Dalston got a Comfortis tablet today to kill the live fleas, but I am not sure what to do longterm.
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If you look at the manufacturers websites for these products you will have many questions answered. They advise waiting 24 hours after application before getting the dog wet, either by bathing or swimming. The product should still be effective unless your dog is really being bathed frequently. If you are due for a bath before your next application I would just wait a few days for the natural oils to build up again before applying the treatment.. Hope this helps.



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Thank you, yes I tried and do my research. Hopefully it will work better in the future.
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I was using Revolution without any problems. It really made a mess of Scout's coat so I stopped using it. We found two ticks on Scout within a couple of weeks. The vet recommended a new oral medication, but I decided to just restart Revolution. They both need protection because of all the deer around us.

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