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Old 05-04-2008, 04:35 PM
 
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Default preventing ticks on dogs?

Does anyone have any ideas on how to keep ticks off dogs?

I have an older shih tzu who I am having a heck of a time of guarding against ticks. He's been on Frontline since he was a baby, and we had no problems with ticks when we were in Charlotte, but since we've been back in rural Eastern NC, ticks are definitely an issue.

I know the real problem is that the only area I have to walk him down here is out on a country road where deer (and sometimes bears, possums, feral cats, and snakes) frequently cross, but what to do? He's a creature of habit, and at a decade plus, he expects two daily walks.

My real worry is that he got very sick from Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever last November (which is a tick-borne illness), and it took a long time, lots of tears, and many dollars to get him well.

Does anyone have any ideas on how to keep this from happening again? Any ideas appreciated.
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Old 05-04-2008, 05:31 PM
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Use front line it is more pricey but it does work you can order it online to save the middle man costs
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Old 05-04-2008, 05:48 PM
 
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hi barndog,
we had our dogs on frontline for awhile and then it just seemed to stop working for no apparent reason. we have since switched to a brand called k-9 advantix, and have had no problems since....although i will mention that if it is not applied monthly consistently, it will stop working altogether.

a safe and inexpensive way to repel ticks and fleas is to add a couple of teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to your pets water occasionally. you may also dilute it with 50% water and spray directly on their coat. it must be natural apple cider vinegar though, not regular vinegar.

there is a product made by avon called "skin so soft". if you search it on google and read the reviews, most people seem satisfied with this product as a flea, tick and mosquito repellent, not just for humans but also their pets. it costs about 6 or 7 bucks.

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Old 05-04-2008, 06:30 PM
 
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dogluvr - thank you, that is EXACTLY the kind of thing i was looking for with the apple cider vinegar!

and, i've used skin so soft myself, but i've never thought about it for a dog, so i will definitely check that out as well!

definitely appreciate your thoughts!
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Old 05-04-2008, 06:39 PM
 
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thanks for the idea, sunny, but he's been on frontline since he was a baby, and it doesn't repel the ticks, it only kills them once they've bitten. my post was on the long side, so you might have missed that detail...

Last edited by barndog; 05-04-2008 at 06:41 PM.. Reason: corrected info
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Old 05-04-2008, 07:22 PM
 
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i use frontline where i get it from dr foster, it works good. However last year dogs
and cats when it was warm were getting fleas and ticks-it was on the news. i guess
the bugs were getting use to these products. I think they said there was going to
be a new product out soon which may be better. you could maybe either check an
on line store or ask your vet.
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Old 05-04-2008, 09:01 PM
 
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You can rotate Frontline and K-9 Adventix.

Also, there is combination of essential oils that you can spray your dog with before going for a walk. I don't remember exactly which oils, but you can Google them.
Personally, I mix Citronella, Tea Tree, Geranium, Lavender and Cedar Wood oils, just few drops of each on 16oz of water and spray dogs before walking them.
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Old 05-05-2008, 10:38 AM
 
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thank you, maggiekate, i didn't see that news story, i will check that out.

and shepsmom, that idea with the essential oils is perfect!!! I will DEFINITELY try that.

as you can probably tell, i am desperate to keep him from getting sick again. he almost died from the rocky mountain spotted fever, and it was a terrible, touch-and-go time for four, very long, months!

thank you so much, everyone, i really appreciate these ideas!
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Old 05-05-2008, 11:26 AM
 
Location: Swamps of Florida
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My 2 dogs always wear "Preventic" Tick collars , 24/7, they work pretty good!! They'are not very expensive and you change them every 3 month.
Hope that helps also!
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Old 05-05-2008, 12:38 PM
 
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oh, shepsmom, yes, i do actually have a question about preventic collars. those actually were recommended to me by our vet specialist who treated the fur baby for the rmsf. but i hestitated to buy them because i always think of flea/tick collars as feeling kind of "chalky."

do those collars have any kind of texture?

the reason why i ask is my dog is the kind who can hurt himself sitting still. really, it's like being the mother of the clumsy neighborhood kid who's always coming home with bruises and broken bones. so, i wanted to make sure there was nothing about this collar that could flake off or rub off and hurt him.

what do you think? any opinions on this?
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