by Reliya on 01 September 2023 - 14:09
I was wondering what kind of pest control is used (flea, tick, heartworm preventative) by others who breed? I have used some that were recommended by the vet as safe for breeding females, but I've lost puppies in utero twice after using them. I waited until a few days before delivery in my latest litter and had one stillborn puppy.
Thanks in advance.
by charlie319 on 04 September 2023 - 18:09
by LMA on 22 September 2023 - 17:09
I've not used any flea or tick preventives on either of my German shepherds or other long haired breeds I have owned, and they've all been outside dogs, primarily. At one point I found a tick on one German shepherd while it was still a pup, but never flea infestation or any other tick incidents. Considering my area is notorious for deer ticks, I've been lucky. I don't use topical or chewables (like Bravecto) ever, and have raised dogs for over 25 years. I DO keep them clean and and use essential oil dog shampoos that naturally deter fleas. So far, I've been really lucky, or the regimen works.
BUT, for heartworm I use Interceptor Plus - not necessarily for heartworm, but because it also fends of multiple types of worms, especially whipworms. They can be expensive to treat and the dogs go thru bloody stools if they get infested.