Ticks are early around here this year for some unknown reason. And they are really bad! We have cut the walking distance for our 2 dogs down considerably and they still get them. My 9 year old Golden has had a season's worth already. He doesn't do well with the topicals, and I'm getting scared of all the stuff out there. Anyone have any suggestions?
By sandy burkett from PA
Your dog has bad problems with topical, what problems? It sounds like you need get to a vet and find out else what you can do if the dog has physical problems with topicals.
If it's the expense of the medication; you need to check out the sales and save because it's your responsibility to care for the dog properly.
You can also check the dog religiously after your walks, keep your grass short, etc. It takes effort, but you can really keep ticks to a rare occurrence if you simply watch where you walk your dog and check them thoroughly afterwards.
I have been reading about rose geranium essential oil and it repels and kills ticks at least that is what they say. I have just started using it and so far so good but time will tell. I had been pulling about 20 a day off of Lucy and there are none this morning.
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I have been seeing fleas on my dogs. Even though they are bathed regularly, fleas and ticks are still there. Any sugestions on how to remove and avoid them? Thanks.
Despite your best efforts, your dog can still get fleas and ticks. Make sure you lawn is mowed, rake up leaves and keep shrubs trimmed. You can also go to your garden center and see what will repel opossums, coyotes, raccoons, and skunks, and untreated cats and dogs.
You do not say if you have a personal yard area or if you are using any flea and tick medications so some of the suggestions may not apply to your problem.
Fleas are a big problem but ticks are even more so. Ticks can carry several different diseases that can be a problem for pets and humans.
Hopefully your veterinarian would give you some information on flea and tick control as well as recommending a monthly flea and tick control medication.
Some people use something like 20 Mule Team Borax or Diatomaceous Earth (food grade only) to sprinkle around their house to kill and control fleas.
Here are a couple of sites that give some instructions on control but you will have to apply it to your own home environment.
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I have been using Advantix on my little puppy and haven't had any problem with fleas, but I can't say the same about ticks. She got one only 3 days after the application and then I started keeping her indoors and 2 weeks later she got another tick - while inside.