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    Tick/Flea Meds for Dogs

    Any recommendations? I have been using Frontline, but they are extremely expensive. I want to know what you use and why you use them over the other products?

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    Re: Tick/Flea Meds for Dogs

    Costco has a new private label out. $19 for a 6 month package.



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    Re: Tick/Flea Meds for Dogs

    We put Vectra on our Shih Tzu once a month in warm weather when we go to parks ect. We don't bother in winter since he only goes out to do his biz.


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    Re: Tick/Flea Meds for Dogs

    Frontline here. It is expensive but it works.


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    Re:Tick/Flea Meds for Dogs

    We use Frontline, mainly because another product made our little dog get extremely itchy.



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    Re: Tick/Flea Meds for Dogs

    You get what you pay for and sometimes you get less than what you paid for. The OTC stuff has repellents:
    ATSDR - Toxicological Profile: Pyrethrins and Pyrethroids
    ie not a very effective choice. If you aren't spending much, you are likely using a product containing the above linked ingredients that are the leading cause for adverse events reported to the EPA.

    Frontline can be used, but I've had clients bring in what they thought was Frontline only to find it was diluted product or not really Frontline Plus. Please get a product from your veterinarian. In our office, Family Pet Veterinary Center, we guarantee our products such that we even pay for a specialist to come to your home should we not be able to fix a flea problem (hasn't yet happened). Our Frontline is around $12 per dose when purchased for a season - cheaper than Costco and on-line.

    Even better is Certifect (about $1.50 more per month than Frontline) that is the same as frontline with a better tick control. Please read my tick article:
    Iowa Living Magazines

    As for seasonality, in this area Heartworm preventative should be used every 30 days year around. Flea and tick veterinary effective medications should be used every 30 days March through Halloween. If a flea problem is found, 8 consecutive months (even in winter) of treatment is needed to clear, then continue to prevent seasonally. This is due to the cocoon stage that can hatch in as little at 10 days or as long as 8 months being a reservoir to infection if treatment isn't continued for long enough.

    Have further questions? Check out our website at Family Pet Veterinary Center or ask your veterinarian! We are here to help!



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    Re: Tick/Flea Meds for Dogs

    Quote Originally Posted by CykoAGR View Post
    Frontline here. It is expensive but it works.
    Frontline is the best.... And it is generic now.



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    Re: Tick/Flea Meds for Dogs

    We use Vectra, as it's what our vet recommended. We only use it during camping season, since fleas and ticks aren't an issue in our yard (our vet agrees). If we were using it year round, I would be more concerned with the price and perhaps shop around.



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    Re: Tick/Flea Meds for Dogs

    To quote my vet,

    "frontline, etc. is a waste of money..." what good does it do, when the bug has to bite your animal to die?" In other words, at least big up here in Wisky, is lime disease, if the tic bites the dog, he is infected, even if the tic dies.

    She recommends a flea/tic collar that actually keeps them off the dog, but not the store versions, a prescription one.



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    Re: Tick/Flea Meds for Dogs

    Ourt vet at Vet Med told us to get frontline, it's expensive but it works a whole lot better than anything else on the market. We have been using hartz from wal mart because it was cheap but we have found several ticks on our 6 month old golden.

    She also suggested Advantix for when the mosquitos start coming out because it's the only one that works on those.



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    Re: Tick/Flea Meds for Dogs

    The collars don't work for ticks I just put sevens powder on them. Kills the ticks and fleas real good



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