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Curious what everyone uses for tick prevention. I’ve always used Frontline but am wondering what else is out there that’s safe and effective. Thanks!
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When I lived in the US years ago I
used Frontine. But here in Costa Rica, in an agricultural area, I use the Seresto collar. Frontline didn't work at all but the collar works 100%, with no side effects.
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We switched to Bravecto a few years ago. The topicals just aren't as effective as they used to be around here and I don't mess around with tick prevention here in tick country. I've had zero complaints with Bravecto (despite the "hype" about them in some circles) and I love it. Very effective.
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I don't even need a tick repellant--mostly because my borrowed dog and I don't go places where there are even likely to be ticks but the feedback we get from clients using the collars (for both dogs and cats) is what I'd use if it was an issue.

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I still use Advantage on the cats, but I've used Nexgard for the dogs the past few years. We rarely go where there are ticks, so while I can say that it definitely works on fleas, I have no data on its effectiveness against ticks.


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No ticks here.
GOOD! (Do you think it's the altitude or the temperature?)

I also continue to use Advantage on my old cat (he turned out to be allergic to something in the collar--figures--he's the cat that is basically allergic to food.)
The other cat inherited the Seresto collar and he does fine with it.

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I've used K9 Advantix II for several years now and it has worked very well. It contains permethrin, so it does actually repel fleas, ticks, and mosquitos. I really like that.

However, I don't like the very large oily spot it leaves on my dogs' shoulders for a couple of days after application and it kind of smells, for a few days, too.

So, when the current application wears off, I'm going to try the Seresto collars. If they don't work, or I decide the repellant factor is that important to me, then I'll go back to K9 Advantix II.



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I don't know--I mean, supposedly we do have ticks and people talk about Colorado tick season, but I've only seen a couple on my dogs in the 36 years we've lived here. Apparently they can live up to around 10,000 feet here in Colorado, and we're only at about 6800, so I don't think it's the altitude. Maybe because our area is dry and not heavily forested or brushy--I stay on trails, or at least out of the brush, when I'm hiking. The dogs go all over, though, so????

I never seen a cockroach here either. Supposedly they are around too, just not in my yard or house, I guess.

Spiders yes--Wolf spiders and Black Widows. Mice and Voles. Mosquitoes if you are in a wet area--I'm not.

We put up a wading/splashing pool every year. One year I ran out of chlorine for a little while and we ended up with about 4 or 5 cute little backswimmers swimming around in it. I can't imagine where they could have come from--there is a little pond with a tiny intermittent stream about 3/4 mile away, on the other side of a small ridge. Other than that I don't know of any surface water close by. But I gather they can fly--and that they bite?? But they're interesting to watch rowing themselves around.

Anyway, back to ticks--I've never had to use tick repellant living here in Colorado Springs.
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I groom professionally and they started very early here in Wyoming. Our vet clinic uses semparica. Have seen a lot of them on dogs that are city dogs. And a bunch on country dogs. The clients that are using a preventative, I am seeing dead ticks.
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Zeus is on Bravecto. Once every three months. He's never had ticks. I honestly have never actually seen a tick or flea before and I hope it stays that way!
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I'm pretty cautious about using anything - I just hear about too many bad reactions with some of them. I go over my dogs every day and pluck off the ticks when I find one. We do treat our yard a couple of times a year... and keep the dogs out of it for up to 2 weeks afterwards (we have a graveled dog run) because I am that paranoid - haha.
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I don't know--I mean, supposedly we do have ticks and people talk about Colorado tick season, but I've only seen a couple on my dogs in the 36 years we've lived here. Apparently they can live up to around 10,000 feet here in Colorado, and we're only at about 6800, so I don't think it's the altitude. Maybe because our area is dry and not heavily forested or brushy--I stay on trails, or at least out of the brush, when I'm hiking. The dogs go all over, though, so????

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Anyway, back to ticks--I've never had to use tick repellant living here in Colorado Springs.
Same here. Never had to use any and I also live in Colorado Springs. The only time I heard about ticks when my friend adopted a dog that was brought up from New Mexico and she was covered in ticks.

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GOOD! (Do you think it's the altitude or the temperature?)

I also continue to use Advantage on my old cat (he turned out to be allergic to something in the collar--figures--he's the cat that is basically allergic to food.)
The other cat inherited the Seresto collar and he does fine with it.

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Same here. Never had to use any and I also live in Colorado Springs. The only time I heard about ticks when my friend adopted a dog that was brought up from New Mexico and she was covered in ticks.

No Ticks here - S/W Ontario Canada.
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Whole pack on Bravecto every (3) months, works well.

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Bought our first dog, a Rough Collie, Nemo, from a backyard breeder in rural area south of Houston, from want ad in newspaper. I know, stupid us...

BYB family had collie pup running all over large fenced in property. On trip home in car he vomited all over and and he got carsick for first year after that. When we got home, noticed Nemo's ears were BOTH filled with dozens of Ticks! I know, stupid us again.... He slept under kitchen table with all four legs splayed out and whined the entire first night.

We took him to vet to get ticks removed and have him checked out. Nemo was a very pretty, wonderful, mild mannered dog, not super smart, but very loving. He had allergy issues his entire life (oak, grass, etc.) and lived a long 15 y/o when he died from cancer.

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I found out that our vet does recommend Bravecto. I'm not going to lie, the horror stories about it do scare me a little. I'm going to talk to our vet when he goes in for his check up in June and see what she has to say about it, hopefully in person! I'm glad to hear that everyone who's on it here is doing well, that does help!

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I found out that our vet does recommend Bravecto. I'm not going to lie, the horror stories about it do scare me a little. I'm going to talk to our vet when he goes in for his check up in June and see what she has to say about it, hopefully in person! I'm glad to hear that everyone who's on it here is doing well, that does help!
Definitely talk to your vet. If it helps, my vet has a TON of dogs on it. They've had I think ONE adverse reaction, and it was a dog that had diarrhea. Nothing else, nothing scary.

There is certainly risk with anything. I weighed the risk of tick borne disease verses the risk of tick medications (and every tick medication has risk).


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I started using Nexgard on Baron the last three years and continued with Miley and now Drogo. Our property boarders game lands but the dogs are not allowed to go down into them and our property is completely mowed and cleared so they do not go into any weeds but, of course, they still can be in the grass.
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We live in Northern Nevada - high desert country, we have ticks and mosquitos and when we got our doby girl, Tula, our vet suggested Bravecto. It requires a vet prescription but it is completely effective. It is a chewable pill, by dog's weight, and needs to be given every 12 weeks (3 months) - it is available through the vet but also through Pet Meds and Costco and costs about $52/ea. for a weight of a 50-100 lb dog.--- Our dog also gets a monthly tablet of Interceptor Plus that prevents her from ingesting any type of worm larvae-paracites.--- (Note: Tula-girl is now almost 5 years old) --- Great effective medication!
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I'm using nexguard with Sugar and it seems to work without adverse reaction. He likes the taste of the chew and thinks its a treat. I curbside picked one up for him today and booked his check up for June 09. Our vet office is still only allowing animals into the office and curbside pickup so it was a smooth transaction.

We go hiking at the pond sometimes in the long grass so I want to be safe.



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I don't know--I mean, supposedly we do have ticks and people talk about Colorado tick season, but I've only seen a couple on my dogs in the 36 years we've lived here. Apparently they can live up to around 10,000 feet here in Colorado, and we're only at about 6800, so I don't think it's the altitude. Maybe because our area is dry and not heavily forested or brushy--I stay on trails, or at least out of the brush, when I'm hiking. The dogs go all over, though, so????

I never seen a cockroach here either. Supposedly they are around too, just not in my yard or house, I guess.

Spiders yes--Wolf spiders and Black Widows. Mice and Voles. Mosquitoes if you are in a wet area--I'm not.

We put up a wading/splashing pool every year. One year I ran out of chlorine for a little while and we ended up with about 4 or 5 cute little backswimmers swimming around in it. I can't imagine where they could have come from--there is a little pond with a tiny intermittent stream about 3/4 mile away, on the other side of a small ridge. Other than that I don't know of any surface water close by. But I gather they can fly--and that they bite?? But they're interesting to watch rowing themselves around.

Anyway, back to ticks--I've never had to use tick repellant living here in Colorado Springs.
Mel, we have never seen ticks or fleas here. I know ticks are in the Mts. , but after living here 50 years we have yet to encounter any. I understand from our vet, it can be attributed to altitude and the lack of humidity that fleas like.

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Rona is on Simparica Trio (fleas, ticks, internal parasites including heartworm). So far so good.
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Ticks are horrible here in TN. If you get within a few inches of brush or tall grass, you'll more than likely end up with a tick or two on you. I've had Mocha on Bravecto for almost 4 years now, and I've never seen a tick on her, even after our hikes through the woods and she hasn't had any side effects. Initially, we tried the Soresto collar but it irritated her neck and and it led to some hair loss so in the trash it went. Our Shih Tzu, on the other hand, does just fine with the Soresto collar; been using it on him for 9 years with 0 problems.



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