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HobbesTheHuskey
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PostSubject: Flea and tick cautions    Fri Jun 24, 2016 1:36 am

I take Hobbes with me disc golfing and I was wondering if anyone had a preference between just using a shampoo or treatment or both? The park I go to on a regular basis has a bit of a rep for ticks. My vet said I would be fine with just a treatment, and no shampoo, but I was thinking both would be better...
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PostSubject: Re: Flea and tick cautions    Fri Jun 24, 2016 12:55 pm

I use a permethrin spot on for ticks (we have enormous tick pressure here and we are lyme endemic as well as babesiosis and others). For permethrin only, Freedom 45 from Tractor Supply, for permethrin with an Insect Growth Regulator to prevent flea larvae from developing, I use Vetguard Plus (which also has d-Limonene which smells wonderfully and some believe has insect repellent properties. Research is inconsistent on the latter.) Permethrin has only short (less then 3 weeks) action against adult fleas so I use fipronil once every 3 months.

My problem with the shampoos is they are after the fact, don't know if the have residual ongoing protection. And I believe it is better for their coat and skin if dogs are not shampoo'd very often (others will most certainly disagree with me lol! )
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PostSubject: Re: Flea and tick cautions    Fri Jun 24, 2016 11:39 pm

Thanks for the input!
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PostSubject: Re: Flea and tick cautions    Sun Jun 26, 2016 12:59 pm

You are better off with a preventative rather than a bathing treatment after the fact. If you want to protect from disease then you want ticks to not want or have a chance to spend any time on your dog. I use fiproguard and recently went hiking in Kentucky and didn't get a single flea or tick. With bathing also you have to remember that if you use a topical application before you have to wait before bathing or you will wash the topical off.

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PostSubject: Re: Flea and tick cautions    Sun Jun 26, 2016 1:30 pm

Thank you very much!
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PostSubject: Re: Flea and tick cautions    Wed Aug 03, 2016 4:30 pm

I have been using Bravecto for Mochi since she was a puppy. I've never had any issues with any fleas or ticks on her.
I've heard some people say they had issues with Bravecto, but I never have so I guess just like for people, dogs react differently to medications. The pill is apparently pretty yummy because Mochi eats it like it's a treat. It lasts for 3 months. I have no plans of changing her medication since I haven't ever even seen a flea on her.
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PostSubject: Re: Flea and tick cautions    Wed Aug 03, 2016 5:45 pm

@gwendah wrote:
I have been using Bravecto for Mochi since she was a puppy. I've never had any issues with any fleas or ticks on her.
I've heard some people say they had issues with Bravecto, but I never have so I guess just like for people, dogs react differently to medications. The pill is apparently pretty yummy because Mochi eats it like it's a treat. It lasts for 3 months. I have no plans of changing her medication since I haven't ever even seen a flea on her.

Same, it works great for my girl. She has never had an issue.
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