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Old 01-18-2011, 06:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What is the best flea and tick medicine out there? I have found a couple ticks on my new GSD. Need to get him on something ASAP!
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Old 01-18-2011, 07:00 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I like Vectra but Frontline seems to be more widely available. I also keep Adams flea and tick spray and if there is a tick I soak a cotton ball with the Adams spray and hold it on the tick for about 20 sec--it kills the tick and it falls off. Don't pull the ticks out, let the Frontline or whatever you decide to use, kill it.
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Old 01-18-2011, 07:02 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I'm told Frontline plus and Vectra are the only ones that get rid of the brown dog tick. I was using Advantix because I thought it got rid of all ticks, but evidently not that one.

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I see you're in Mississippi. My vet tells me that Advantix works well for the type of ticks folks have up north, but down South we're overrun with brown dog ticks so we need Frontline Plus or Vectra.
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I use K9 Advantix, kills fleas and ticks. Has always worked great for me. No problems with ticks after camping.
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I use k9 advantix and I am always in the woods and it works well, but as Emoore said not too sure about the brown dog tics up here? We do have a LOT of deer tics though.
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I use k9 advantix and I am always in the woods and it works well, but as Emoore said not too sure about the brown dog tics up here? We do have a LOT of deer tics though.
Yeah, that's what my vet said. I couldn't remember the name of the tick. The Deer Tick is the one that carries Lyme Disease, correct? We have them here but not many; down south it's mostly the dog ticks, which doesn't carry lyme but does carry Erlichia. (I know I spelled that wrong).
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Yeah, that's what my vet said. I couldn't remember the name of the tick. The Deer Tick is the one that carries Lyme Disease, correct? We have them here but not many; down south it's mostly the dog ticks, which doesn't carry lyme but does carry Erlichia. (I know I spelled that wrong).

Yeah the deer tic is the nasty one not only to our dogs but to us as well, a good friend of mine now has Lymes from when we were spring turkey hunting.
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Old 01-18-2011, 07:56 PM   #8 (permalink)
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use Advantix (tics and fleas)
or
Advocate- heartworm prevention
- flea and lice treatment and prevention of flea infestations. The product can be also used as part of a treatment strategy for FAD (Flea Allergy Dermatitis)
- gastrointestinal worm control including several larval stages
- treatment of lungworms in dogs (Angiostrongylus vasorum)
- control of ear mites in cats and dogs
- control of sarcoptic mange in dogs
- control of Demodex mites in dogs


Frontline it's not the same anymore, my vet don't recommended it for dogs though it's ok for cats.


you can also buy him/her the scalibor collar it's really good and prevents from the sand flea (Leishmaniasis)

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Not so sure they have sand fleas in Mississippi. Swamp fleas maybe.
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Old 01-19-2011, 12:45 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Thank You everyone for all of the great advice! I am going to call my vet tomorrow and see what they have available and also look online for vectra reviews in Mississippi. The brown dog ticks are what we have the most of.
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