In over 20 years we have never had a dog with fleas. But when I was at my vets office this week she was encouraging me to use Frontline to prevent Limes, because they have seen quite a few cases of it. Each year we may find a total of three ticks on each of our dogs. I did find a deer tick on my Boston about a month ago. We have a lot of pasture land surrounding our property, and rarely see deer. There is a small patch of woods about 500 feet from our house. I have had my horse here for 6 years and have never found a tick on him. I'm not sure what to do. We take our dogs for rides in the car, but they never actually touch ground anywhere but at home. I realize that it only takes that 1 tick to cause problems. Any thoughts? Thanks!
I think if you want to have a back up for fleas and for ticks its a great choice, but one thing, the ticks still gorge on your dog,, so your dog is still at risk for Lyme disease. I beleive the ticks can gorge for up to 2 days. Have the Lyme Vaccination, and then a booster 3 weeks later (Thats what our clinics policy is) I got the Vaccine a couple of time through out my dogs life, but not every year( that was my choice) She never got any ticks but we freq wooded areas. Susanne
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It doesn't really matter what you do. I have know quite a few dogs who got Lymes even with the vaccine. Nothing is fool proof. I use a natural spray that is sold for horses. It works great, and I haven't had a tick or flea in years. Even with frontline, the tick still has the bite to die, once bitten, you dog has lymes. JMHO
Yes honey, absolutely.Once you have the problem then you have a bigger problem to get house sprayed incase of fleas and eggs.Fleas jump onto shadows such as peoples clothes which leads to them getting upstairs too.I use to prevent such a headache from arrising and he has never had fleas.Then youve done your job well.Any drops for the neck will do that last a month at a time.I use bob martins every month and they work fine and so ceap at just £4.70p each month.
Wiley, I'd love to go all natural, but in S. FL, my dogs are at risk for just about any pest one can imagine. Not too sure if the all natural would be a sure enough preventative, but if it is, I'm all for it. PM me a link or two!
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Thanks to everyone for your input!! I too didn't want to put the chemicals on my dog if possible. I was wondering also if there was a chance that I would see an allergic reaction to the Frontline. The flea part I'm not worried about at all. We have lived at two different places in 20 years and haven't had any fleas at either. I am a bit concerned about ticks, but as I stated we very rarely see one. I appreciate everyones opinions! This has helped me so much! I think I'll look into going natural as well.
After the problem we had with Frontline I will never put chemicals on my babies again. I just ordered some coconut oil from Garden of Life. It is all natural and a high quality oil. Not like the stuff you get at Walmart. It is good for some many things and it kills and repels fleas. It must taste good too, because they went crazy over it. You can put a small amount in their food too and it has alot of health benefits.