Calling All Dog Owners...... Flea And Tick Killer?

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Ductape

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Ticks this year are the worst I've ever seen. We use Frontline ( FRONTLINE | Products | How FRONTLINE works ) on our dog, but I'm wondering if there is a product out there that is similarly effective, but a little more affordable. I've tried to do a little research online, but it can be difficult to seperate fact from fiction when it comes to dogs having reactions to less expensive products. I trust the majority of opinions from members here ;) ....... so I ask you all what you use. Also...... when comparing 'active ingredients', I don't find any using the same active ingredients as the two major brands......... is this a matter of each brand calling their active ingredients by different names so it is impossible to compare apples to apples?
 
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Look for this product ...Ivermec, I use it for cattle, goats ,llamas and dogs. ValleyVet.com is a good source
 
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Frontline is the best we have ever used. Vet supplied or not.
 
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Used to use Frontline as well. This year we went with a basic tick collar and it's doing a great job. I'm still finding ticks on the dog, but they're dead before I pull them off. Been very satisfied. Cost around $8 and supposed to be good for several months.
 
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Capstar quickly gets rid of fleas but unfortunately has no effect on ticks.
 
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We don't really have a flea or tick problem. My wife checks the dogs every night when they come in from the fields. The dogs stay in the house and we don't want the ticks and fleas coming in with them. It's a hassle for her but she does this. If she didn't the fleas and ticks would be crawling on us when we went to bed.
 
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Ductape,

I'm in the same situation as you....ticks are awful around So NH.:(...every weekend I get my 2 beagles running in swamps.....last year there would be times I'd find 40 to 50 ticks on them on in one AM run.....even with Frontline the ticks still got on them.....I guess they are suppose to die after they bite on...

This year I've been spraying Sergeant's Nature Guardian just before we go out(bought it at Wally World)....I spray on from the neck down then rub in fur going against the grain.....It's got natual ingredients in it but it does stink.....

The only ticks on them now is on the face or neck (where I don't spray)....maybe 1 or 2 I'll find a day or two after their run.....

I still use frontline just in case......
 
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Frontline is now carried by Costco, and they have the best prices I have seen.

If you have smaller dogs, read the labels and the amounts in the various sizes and you may be able to use one of the very large (picture of a St. Bernard on the box) dog size packages split between two small dogs. This saves a lot. I frequently split two extra large doses between 3 labs and it works out just right.
 
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Look for this product ...Ivermec, I use it for cattle, goats ,llamas and dogs. ValleyVet.com is a good source

Ivermec is good, but your going to have to recalculate the active ingredient for the weight of the dog. and be ok with giving SC shots.

Add a flock of about 20 chickens free range them and drop your frontline use down to once every other month.
 
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Ivermec is good, but your going to have to recalculate the active ingredient for the weight of the dog. and be ok with giving SC shots.

Add a flock of about 20 chickens free range them and drop your frontline use down to once every other month.

Great idea, but around here they would last about a week with the fox, mink, and coyote population.

We us frontline here too.
 
 
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