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1/22/14 3:54 P

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You might also find this helpful. The author recommends the highest grade oils. Unfortunately
they're kinda pricey and with 4 big active dogs I try to save bucks when I can. I've been using NOW brand which is available thru amazon or swanson vitamins. www.thewholedog.org/EOFleas.html

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1/22/14 3:49 P

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Cindy, we do not have a lot of ticks in the area but when we go up to the local mts to hike and run the little buggers jump on. We've even seen them jump on when there is snow/ice on the ground so they're always ready! I try to shy away from toxic chemicals when possible, and my research led me to lavender and lemongrass as effective against fleas and ticks. I will try to post a link to the site I use if I can ferret it up. I make up a spray using the essential oils and spray their bellies and butts. Each mutt wears a bandanna that either has a few drops of oils directly applied onto the cloth or the bandanna is sprayed down.
Our area is not endemic for Lyme's so I'm not so much worried about dz spreading. We only have occasional 'invaders' which I suspect are picked up from trail adventures.
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Ok thanks for your input. I have time until spring to research and see what I want to do.

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12/17/13 12:32 A

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It is really hard to say, there are so many different ones on the market. You'd have to do the research for each one. In some cases it's not the active ingredient that is the problem but the other ingredients. For fleas I would use one since they are hard to eliminate any other way, for ticks I don't find it worth the risk given the minimal time and effort it takes to remove them in small numbers.
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12/17/13 12:16 A

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I am a little worried about that too. What do you think about the topical medications? Are those just as bad?

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12/16/13 11:14 P

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If you have such few ticks the significant health risks of chemicals are not worth the benefits in my opinion. All chemicals that work to kill ticks also do damage to the dog, even if you don't see immediate effects, similar to people eating junk food.
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We saw the vet today and she recommended a tick collar. www.scalibor-usa.com has anyone used this before?

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12/15/13 12:18 A

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Thanks Brigit. I guess I will just try to check him better. I have seen them on him before they attached and got them, and the ones that did attach weren't hard to get off. He got 5 or 6 total all summer and fall so maybe the sprays and such aren't worth it. Just more than I ever saw before! My last dog never had one and we go to the same places!

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12/14/13 11:57 A

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Even natural sprays have chemicals that are effective. It depends how heavy the infestation is. With ticks, keeping them out of wooded areas and high grass works the best if possible. Using a tick product once a month may be necessary in some areas in addition. For light infestations you can use a pyrethrins-based spray, but watch out for the the "other ingredients", which can be more harmful than the active ingredient. There are a number of natural oils that are used like neem oil, eucalypt oil, cedar oil, citronella. The cedar oil I would not use any more than the standard chemicals. Also, dogs have a superior sense of smell and may actually suffer from having citronella sprayed on them as much as the bugs it's supposed to treat. No easy answer here, for light tick infestations (1 or 2/day) I would rather pick them off carefully every day. A slow, steady pull at a 90 degree angle from the skin with tweezers or even by had will get most them out with the head.
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12/14/13 2:21 A

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I guess I will just have to be more vigilant. Is there any non-chemical spray that anyone knows of?

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12/13/13 11:25 A

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Cktall,
great protocol, patience does it more than chemicals. emoticon

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12/13/13 5:29 A

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I have 3 dogs and we live in an area where ticks are prevalent beginning April

2 are shorthair and 1 has longhair thick coat and I use a topical prevention on all 3

The shorthairs I seem to catch the ticks before burroughing because I think the topical better penetrates their fur and repels the ticks so the ticks seem to be looking for a break in the barrier on them

The longhair it is more difficult as I think the topical does not protect her as much because of the denseness of her coat - so now with her I still use the topical plus another flea and tick spray before our hikes

I spray the flea and tick spray on a dog washcloth and apply as I hate the dogs breathing in toxic aerosols - and I take a brush with me and if we reach a clearing I take a quick break and brush her especially -last season that seemed to work

Ticks take about 24 hours to burrow and start their feast - so take the time and check check and recheck your dogs for pesky ticks

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CINDYTW Posts: 5,783
12/13/13 3:59 A

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My dog so far is happy and healthy! IDK I guess I just don't understand ticks and their prevention well, but I will not keep my dog or myself from getting out there and experiencing life for the sake of some ticks. I will ask my vet next week what else I can do when we go for our annual.

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we have our yard sprayed and the dogs are not allowed out of the yard.

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10/31/13 6:55 A

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I am so sorry for your dog. Our little Chica had tick disease in Mexico and was so close to death at one point that the vet gave her only a 50/50 chance to live and that was if I could get all the meds into her. I did and she did recover but was left with a heart murmur. I have yet to get her spayed because of it. The free clinics won't touch her. Soon I will have the money saved to get her done but I am nervous. I don't know what the answer is about the meds. I will work hard to keep her under complete observation during tick season.

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We don't have any ticks this time of year. Maybe talk to the vet about trying a different product?
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10/31/13 1:07 A

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I need opinions! My dog is on Revolution (a topical for fleas, ticks, heartworm and mange). He has gotten 5+ticks! In addition to ones I have seen on him before they got to his skin and got off! I had may last dog for 12+ years and he never had a tick!! We go the same places for the most part! What gives? I am thinking the topical medication isn't working Charlie squirms and resists a lot.whereas my other dog was on pills. Any thoughts how to prevent this?

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