:Susan wants a discussion on flea and tick control..Posted: May 11, 2008
I am the wrong person to ask about the various flea and tick products. Rarely do I see either on my grooming clients. Tick season isn’t very long. Fleas usually don’t do well in Colorado’s dry climate. Add the altitude I’m at and…well, it’s just ‘bug friendly’. So, those of you in Minnesota, what do you do for flea and tick control? Or heartworms? Rick and Sharlee asked me about heartworm preventative, which they gave to their previous Apso, Jenny.
Here’s Susan’s post:
On Friday all four dogs went to the groomer. I was pleased that Kathy
felt that both Sammy and Raji were no longer overweight. She cautioned
me not to let Rinchen get any thinner, which surprised me a bit, because
he hasn’t actually been on any diet; in retrospect, though, although I
give him more food than I give the other three, he has definitely gotten
less treats than he once did, so maybe he really has gotten thinner.
Anyway, I’m giving him a few more bits of kibble with his evening meal
and slipping him a treat or two when no one else is watching.
That was the good news. The bad news was that Raji had a tick over her
eye; looked like it had been there for about a day. Now, my dogs don’t
go anywhere except on my own property anymore, so I had been having them
on Advantage only. Advantage kills fleas but not ticks. Kathy seemed
to think that our tick season here was about to be over and that I could
chance sticking with Advantage for the next 6 months or so, then switch
to Advantix in November. Sounded fine to me. BUT Saturday morning I
went to remove a bit of debris on Rinchen’s face, and — it was a
tick. Yuckerooo!!!!!! Anyway, I dashed off to the vet’s office and
spent $135.00 for two months worth of Advantix for the four dogs.
But the whole issue of fleas and ticks and seasons and toxicity still
has me tormented. Kathy says we have seasons for both; the vet says
they are both here year round; last year I almost lost all four dogs to
what was suspected to be a “bad” or “bootleg” dosage of Frontline.
So, what’s a girl to do? Advantage, Advantix, Frontline, Revolution
have all been suggested and/or are used by folks I know. What else can
you tell me?