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Old 02-07-2014, 04:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey everyone,

This is my first dog and I was hoping to get some advice to help simplify all the options now a days for flea/tick and also heart worm meds.

I've heard topical flea and tick is best. Is that true?

I'm looking for a decent price point, effectiveness and of course convenience. What have you found to work best for the cost and effort?

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Old 02-07-2014, 04:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't do topicals, just me, I don't like putting anymore into them than I have to.

If you dont have a flea issue, don't treat is my feeling, kinda like if it ain't broke dont fix it? Ticks, not sure of your area, but again, I don't treat topically..if I go for a hike in the woods, I spray them down with a little Natural Defense..

HW, my gsd is on heartguard plus, my aussie is on interceptor monthly...Since my aussie is 14 yrs old, and interceptor is basically non existent, don't know what I will do for her next year..I have a few left, not sure it will get me thru the season..I do HW from april 1 thru Dec 1.. Jerry Lee is a LOOKER!!!
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My Dogs have been on Revolution by Pfizer works for us!
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Old 02-07-2014, 04:22 PM   #4 (permalink)
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We have ticks in Maryland for sure.

So, you only use monthly preventative for HW? I KNOW that's a must but I always thought flea and tick preventatives were a must as well. JL just got done HW treatment, actually (I rescued him)



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I agree with Jakoda.

One should read up on the toxicity of the mass produced flea and tick products. I try to use as few applications as possible during the summer/fall months in MN...and I wouldn't use it at all if we didn't have to deal with deer ticks ( Lymes ) up here. I know my vet wants me putting the crap on her from March through November .....and now some are advocating it all year...not for me however. You should investigate the disadvantages of topicals and the other ways to deal with ticks and fleas...in a less toxic method.

I use Heartguard Plus as well due to the mosquito being the Minnesota state bird.


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We have ticks in Maryland for sure.

So, you only use monthly preventative for HW? I KNOW that's a must but I always thought flea and tick preventatives were a must as well. JL just got done HW treatment, actually (I rescued him)



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Old 02-07-2014, 07:14 PM   #7 (permalink)
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We have ticks in Maryland for sure.
I'm a fellow Marylander and couldn't agree more. We have fleas as well so I always treat to prevent rather than try to kill them off after the fact.
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AVMA and EPA on Flea/Tick products

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I can't have fleas in my house (did that once...not recommended) so I treat my dogs. I use TriFexis. I have used it all of Jo's life (my lab) and she is 4. Tar (GSD) has been on it for 2 years.
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Old 02-07-2014, 07:57 PM   #10 (permalink)
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We always used Revolution (HW, flea, and tick) but I'm reconsidering doing something akin to what Jakoda is recommending. I have heard that dogs that are very healthy are less susceptible to flea infestations. However, my dog has had tapeworms which means she ate infected flea larvae...She's also had giardia (or something similar). So, if she's not that healthy, how can I risk taking her off the heavy-duty meds?

I definitely don't mess with dog ticks. Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever is a bad, bad thing.

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