|02-13-2014 09:43 AM|
|SpookyShepherd||I use a Seresto collar on mine and have no problems with fleas or ticks on them..Monthly Heartguard too of course. Both dogs spend a LOT of time outside at the park, in the woods, and at the farm (herding dogs). So good flea/tick control is a must. I replace the collars every six months instead of the maximum of eight months since they do swim with the collars on.|
|02-10-2014 06:59 PM|
|02-08-2014 03:52 PM|
|llombardo||I'm looking into the cedar oil. I have deer in my front yard and I did find one tick on the golden puppy. I would like to use mostly the cedar oil and maybe a topical every 45-60 days if I can get away with it. They also have a service that sprays the perimeters of the property to keep Mosquitos, ticks etc out. I've talked to people in the area and they said it works but it's expensive. I did get a yard to enjoy it , so I might do that to.|
|02-08-2014 02:50 PM|
When we move from Ca to NV, it took care of our flea problem! Mosquitoes aren't much of an issue either, standing water and such...not much of that around here! Found a map:
Heartworm Preventatives: Safety and Alternatives | Truth4Dogs
|02-08-2014 02:46 PM|
|02-08-2014 02:19 PM|
Thanks for all the comments. As much as I would like to keep things all natural, Jerry Lee has already had heartworms and like we said, there are plenty of ticks (various types) around Maryland so I have to be 100% sure he would never have to go through anything like this again. It was tough on us both (4 weeks and he's free to be a pup again!)
I think I may just go with Frontline Plus for flea and tick and then stick to the tried and true Heartgard Plus for HW and other worm types like round, hook and whip.
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|02-08-2014 07:54 AM|
My area doesn't have deer tics or mosquito's so it is easy for me to say that i don't use any chemical meds to protect my dogs.
But I do use neem oil and they don't get regular tics or fleas. I believe in good health through good food, exercise and natural medicine.
I've had flea invested dogs and a cat come into my house and i treat them with the neem and spay around with a neem spray and none of my other dogs gets it. Neem stops eggs hatching, fleas from eating and reproducing and kills them so it is a win win. It is a veg oil so is good for the dog.
Neem is successfully used in Asia and Africa as a mosquito repellent. So I would think it will prevent any dog from getting heart worm if applied regularly. Research the conditions for hearth worm to infest a dog. It is dependent on the temperature and whether or not there are infected animals and mosquitoes in your area.
Basically Neem works as a hormone and small parasites want to get away from the smell(sulphur+many more chemicals) as soon as possible as it will intoxicate them and they won't be able to reproduce and will die.
|02-08-2014 02:41 AM|
Our local woods are infested with dog ticks. Its all the deer, no hunting, plus a local elk herd in a pen that is a tick breeding ground. If I go fishing spring through July Ill come home with multiple ticks. Apache was on frontline and theyd walk onto her and shed bring them home and I was finding up to 7 per day on the floor walking or on me. Also I put her crate out while I flew my rc toy and there was over ten ticks on her empty crate in just a few minutes!!!
The ticks stopped midsummer, but I stopped the frontline and then in the fall the ticks hit again and she had some embedded before I found them.
So around here in Chicago im doing frontline from when it warms up till it cools this year.
|02-07-2014 08:57 PM|
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.
Jerry Lee is one handsome boy!
|02-07-2014 08:39 PM|
|TAR HEEL MOM||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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