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by css33 on 15 January 2018 - 22:01

I know many don't believe in flea and tick preventative, but living in south Florida we have lots of ticks all year round. However, every brand that I research and read about seems to have terrible side affects. Has anyone found anything that is safe and effective?
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by delta von Avalik on 16 January 2018 - 01:01

I use Vectra 3D for my dogs. I live in Texas, and fleas can get pretty bad here. I've noticed that Vectra works very well at keeping the fleas/ticks away. So far none of my dogs have ever had a bad reaction. Everyone just goes about like normal :)

by jkuja913 on 16 January 2018 - 03:01

I live up in Northern Wisco and both of my dogs are constantly in the brush and encountering ticks. Naturals do not work. Plain and simple. If anyone has any natural witch oil they think can repel ticks up here in the summer, I would be GLAD to try it even on myself as I’m a forester and in the woods literally every single day. Most days my dog is with me. With the ever increasing onslaught of tick born illness, this is not something I mess around with anymore.

When using chemical repelants you’ve got to weigh the consequences of using them vs not using them and watching your dog suffer/die from tick born illness. I’ve had 3 dogs growing up deal with chronic tick born illness 1 resulting in kidney failure and death. I do, however, hate dosing my dog with pesticides. I have found it to be a necessary evil. I have had success with Frontline and the Sorrsto Collar. The Collar is what I curently use in the summer months as I can take it off when my dog hits the water. Neither of my 2 current dogs have had any negative impacts from the topical or Collar but I did have a negative experience with an ingestible. While I was away on a fire assignment out west this summer my wife was cohersed by the vet to switch to Brovecto. Our younger female had a terrible reaction resulting in loss of appetite, vomiting and lethargy for several weeks. We are hoping for no long term damage and I think we lucked out. At least with the soresto collar, if you begin to notice side effects you can remove it immediately and minimize the impact.

Whatever the side effects of the repelants, tick born illness is a far greater health and monetary risk.

by Hundmutter on 16 January 2018 - 08:01

Oh I wish you had been around to contribute that ^ post to a recent discussion my FB timeline contacts were having - SO many snotty " I never put chemicals in my dog I would not use on myself " remarks, so thoughtless as to where that thinking might lead them !

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