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Question Ticks…how to keep them away?

With nice weather coming ticks are real danger in our area and it gives me headache again to decide what is the best way to protect my Charlie. Vet mentioned fairly new drug SIMPARICA, not sure how good it is in regards to dogs’ health.

Please share what do you use for your dogs.
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I use Advantix II. I'm not fond of topicals, but I've gotten used to it. I hate ticks much more. I personally do not like using new preventatives on my dog. I like to see how dogs do after a lifetime on them before I put my dog on them. As much as I love the idea of Bravecto, it came out right around the time that Shala was born, so she will never get it.

With the ever warmer winters, I'm using it almost year round now. Only January and February were off months this year; only February last year. Anytime it's warmer than about 4 degrees, ticks can be active.

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Ugh - we are struggling with this. Sadie is only 9 months so she can't do any of the oral repellants. We've been using Frontline, but the amount of ticks I pull off her fur is ridiculous. I think it does prevent them from attaching to her, but just a short 20 minute walk in the woods will result in me pulling as many as a dozen ticks off her fur during the next 2 hours. It makes not want to go on walks in the woods anymore which is such a same since it is by far her most favorite thing ever. Does anyone use bug spray like "Off" before going into the woods?



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I know Frontline doesn't work around here anymore. It might be worth trying something else.

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Duster took Nexgard last summer and will be taking it again this year. It did a good job of killing the ticks and can be given to young dogs.

I hate giving him stuff like this, but having seen dogs that have been sick (and died in one case) as a result of tick bites, I grit my teeth and do it. We didn't used to have many ticks around here, but last year they were awful, even in our back yard. So we really have no choice.

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I live in NJ and ticks are a HUGE problem. Also my middle son had (has?) Lyme Disease with a Bells Palsy so we are especially careful. My vet said pretty much all the tick & flea preventative meds prevent the ticks from attaching NOT from getting on your dog. If your dog brings a tick into the house the tick can jump off the dog and onto furniture or worse you . My vet suggests also having the dog wear a tick/flea collar which will help with the ticks getting onto the dogs in the first place. Collars are not 100% and goldens are larger dogs so it may not work as well towards the rear of the dog. Nothing is 100%, we are just very diligent checking the dog whenever outside especially when we do things like walk in the woods. BTW we are just a diligent checking humans also! HATE, HATE, HATE TICKS!!!! If anyone has any other suggestions I also would love to hear them .
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It is not safe to use any product that contains DEET (an ingredient in 'Off' and many other insect repellents) on your dog. DEET is toxic, can make your dog sick if ingested or inhaled.

Don?t DEET That Dog! | ASPCA Professional

This may be of interest an alternative for some of you.

http://wtaq.com/blogs/the-great-outd...p-and-so-easy/


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Honey's on Bravecto but the ticks still get on her. I'm also considering using an all natural spray on repellent.
We hate to go into the woods because the ticks have been so bad here besides, we can barely see the woods through the fog of very hungry mosquitos. I think the rodents add to the tick problem when they run around our property stopping at each flower bed on their way to the bird feeders. Honey knows she is 'a ball retriever' so she hunkers down and hides in all the tall grasses (my flower beds) waiting for the next ball to fly through the air. We pull ticks out of her fur almost daily...I hate ticks.
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I think a natural spray as a repellant, in conjunction with a spot on or oral medication is a good idea. There are several recipes online using rose geranium oil. But, it cannot be used on cats.

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I have been using natural tick/flea prevention for Brisby since she was a puppy. We go hiking in the bush all year through.

What has worked very successfully for us has been adding Brewers Yeast, Garlic, linoleic acid to her diet daily all year ( double the amount during the warm months), keeping her immune system as strong as possible ( diet) and putting tea tree oil on her collar everyday before we head out. Rose Geranium Oil and other essential oils are cited as good repellents as well.

Last year Brisby only had 2 ticks attach; the previous years maybe 3 - 4 all season ( early spring to early winter).

I have a SNAP 4DX run by our vet twice a year: spring for heartworm, general health and tick borne diseases and then again in the fall.

This year I will add a spray of essential oils to our arsenal.

These articles may be informative for those of you who are looking for a pesticide/neurotoxin free methodology for your pups.

Natural Solutions For Tick Season - Dogs Naturally Magazine

Ticks: Natural Prevention and Care - Dogs Naturally Magazine



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