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It's the season when ticks and fleas can easily take a ride on our poor pooches. What are you using?

I usually use a soap by Bayer. However, it can only do so much. My beagle loves to go romping in the fields and always manage to bring home an army of ticks.:(

Are there better suggestions out there?
 

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I often use Frontline. But I'm afraid of fleas developing resistance to it (is this possible???). Has anyone tried Advantage?
 

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There's this all natural flea repellent I got from walmart. I tried it because it contained no chemicals only spices including cinnamon, nutmeg, eucalyptus and others. I forgot the exact name though. I'll post it when I get a new one. It's quite effective and I haven't really had a big problem with fleas. Being natural and all also makes a big difference.
 

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I really like to try those natural flea and tick repellents. I gather they leave less chemical residues in the environment. and they're not toxic to our dogs.
 

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Natural is really the way to go these days, it's more healthy and economical too.

I learned this from a friend. Just add a small cup of apple cider vinegar or any other vinegar to the drinking water. There wasn't really a time when my dogs had to suffer tick and flea infestation during any season even though they are always playing outside.
 

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Has anyone tried Comfortus? I heard many dog owners swear that it kills ticks and fleas in less than an hour. I haven't tried it though.
 

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Diatomaceous earth (not pool grade!) can be rubbed into the fur to kill fleas. Careful not to rub too close to the eyes. Also can be used on pet bedding and carpets.
 

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Try Advantix. Our vet said aside from killing fleas and ticks, it can also repel them. We live near an area with a considerable deer population and we had to have our dogs vaccinated against Lyme Disease.
 

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I've always used Frontline and it seems to work well. However, once fleas get in the house Frontline will not stop them from jumping on the poor dog's owners!
 

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For ticks, it is always best recommended to just do a complete check of the dogs fur after such an adventure. It is time consuming, but not too difficult with shorter fur.
 

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Tried Revolution once. It's quite new compared to the other well-known brand of flea repellant but it's designed to kill the eggs as well as the fleas and the ticks but it doesn't prevent infestation. I'd prefer one that can repel and kill ticks and fleas. I guess it's safer for our dogs and us owners, too.
 

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I've also have always used Frontline. This year I didn't have the extra money, so I skimped out, and figured if I started seeing the signs of fleas I would buy it. Luckily I haven't yet and it's late August.
 

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Help!

I just adopted my first dog and I was told he's a beagle/basset hound mix.
I woke up this morning and found a tiny bug on me. I went to look it up but I wasn't sure exactly what it might be.
I went looking and found more of them in my bed. My dog sleeps next to me.




Are they ticks? I'm really worried about him...
 

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Well, I don't know what to say, my dog is on Sentinel plus Advantage, three days ago I found fleas on him.
Now I put the flea collar on him, I don't like it but the fleas are gone. I don't trust any of the expensive treatments anymore.
Those bugs on the photo look like ticks, but I'm not an expert.
 

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We don't get ticks here in SA, but we use frontline/advantage. It works a treat! Frontline and Advantage have the advantage that they actually stop the cycle of fleas, rather than killing of adult fleas and leaving behind the eggs. You only need to use it once a month.

You could use something like capstar. It's absorbed directly into their blood stream, and stops fleas straight away.
 

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Advantage, Frontline be aware , there is a lots of fake out, i just bought fake advantage at petco, my dog got flea allergy, now he is on comfortis, and i only buy these things from the vet to be sure it is not Made in China.
I saw on TV yesterday there is Made in Australia on the fake medacations although they Made in China, the real one is made in France.
 
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