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Old 04-19-2011, 05:08 AM
 
Location: Abbot, Maine
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Default Ticks And Dogs

We were talking about ticks and Lyme disease the other day. I give my Golden Flea and Tick drops. Is that enough protection?
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Old 04-19-2011, 05:29 AM
 
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Do you ever find any flea or ticks on them? Should be fine.

Personally, I use Front-line on my dog and it works well.
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Old 04-19-2011, 05:55 AM
 
Location: Abbot, Maine
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I use Advantage combo flea/tick and heartworm....but man it's expensive!
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Old 04-19-2011, 07:27 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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Occasionally I brush our dogs. If I ever find anything on any of them I spray them all, give them a pill, and spray their kennel / beds.
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Old 04-19-2011, 12:38 PM
 
Location: Woolwich, ME
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Despite vaccination, using Frontline and checking her often, my 18-month-old dog tested positive for Lyme last month. Last spring I even scattered permethrin-soaked cotton in toilet paper tubes around the perimeter of our property because I read that mice then use the cotton for their nests and, since ticks spend time on the mice, they get killed, generally in the larval stage. It seemed to work to cut way down on the number of ticks we saw around, for what that's worth.

She is not symptomatic, thank goodness. She just finished a three-week course of doxycycline. I'm trying out an alternative to Frontline, a new type of collar called Scalibor.

Scalibor®

Good luck to everybody this season.
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Old 04-19-2011, 04:34 PM
 
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Frontline doesn't seem to have a great track record when it comes to ticks -- Advantix is great stuff, although there is the potential for side effects on some dogs and it is lethal for cats.

Revolution does a great job for fleas, ticks and heartworm, but it is pricey.

Perhaps the folks over in the Dog forum could come up with viable protection options.
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Old 04-20-2011, 02:14 PM
 
Location: Eastport, Maine
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I treated my yard with Spectracide-T and didn't see a tick all summer. We have herds of deer here with two or more dozen running together.
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Old 04-20-2011, 08:13 PM
 
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I give heartguard, frontline, and I vaccinate my dog against Lyme.
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Old 04-23-2011, 11:55 AM
 
Location: Log "cabin" west of Bangor
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Lyme is less common in the northern half of the state, and far less common than further south in MA. We really haven't seen any ticks here but the dog gets Frontlined anyway. When my wife was in MA the dog apparently picked up a tick despite the frontline, it dropped off and got the wife. She contracted Lyme disease and it was in an advanced state by the time the docs figured it out. It was a long course of IV antibiotics and spinal taps before they pronounced her 'cured'. You don't want to get it.

Weigh the risks for your area and decide how much insurance you want (cost of various treatments), if any.
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Old 04-24-2011, 04:57 PM
 
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I give heartguard, frontline, and I vaccinate my dog against Lyme.
Same for me. Plus vac for lepto and anything else they let me. My dogs are with me in the woods all the time and i find its cheeper in the long run. I found 2 ticks on one of the dogs today during the easter egg hunt, time to start the program again.
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