Bumping the flea/tick post to the top

Tis the season…

https://rufflyspeaking.wordpress.com/2008/09/18/my-dog-has-fleas/

The post has stuff on ticks, but in case you need a specific statement:

Frontline is the only med that consistently and and at least relatively safely controls ticks. Let’s run down the others that claim to:

Advantix: adds permethrin to kill “and repel” ticks. It’s basically the same as putting Bio-Spot or Zodiac on on top of Advantage. Permethrin is much too strong and much too broad spectrum and is associated with multiple side effects.

ProMeris: adds amitraz to kill ticks. It’s basically like adding a Mitaban dip to the flea med. Amitraz is very toxic (ask any groomer who has used a lot of Mitaban how it has affected her nervous system) and is especially dangerous to cats.

Amitraz is also the active ingredient in Preventic collars.

Comfortis, though not advertised for this purpose, does kill ticks for about a week. Then it loses effectiveness slowly but surely. It is VERY effective for fleas.

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5 thoughts on “Bumping the flea/tick post to the top

  1. oh thanks, I’ve been wondering if Frontline is going to be our best bet w/ ticks – we do live in a woodsy-brushy-grassy area – so we did end up pulling several ticks of the dawg last summer/fall

    we should probably be checking her daily then?

    also – not sure if you mentioned it elsewhere,sorry should Frontline should be used all year long?

  2. oh thanks, I’ve been wondering if Frontline is going to be our best bet w/ ticks – we do live in a woodsy-brushy-grassy area – so we did end up pulling several ticks of the dawg last summer/fall using Frontline

    we should probably be checking her daily then?

    also – not sure if you mentioned it elsewhere,sorry should Frontline should be used all year long?

  3. oh thanks, I’ve been wondering if Frontline is going to be our best bet w/ ticks – we do live in a woodsy-brushy-grassy area – so we did end up pulling several ticks off of the dawg last summer/fall using Frontline

    we should probably be checking her daily then?

    also – not sure if you mentioned it elsewhere,sorry should Frontline should be used all year long?

  4. I check all the dogs every day, and I STILL get tick bites on them and I still have a 100% Lyme/anaplasmosis/ehrlichia infection rate. So to a certain extent it’s a losing battle.

    I have found that Frontline takes care of most or all of the dog ticks (the big ticks that hide in the dry leaves). We apply it from April to the first hard frost, and during the worst of it (April/May) we don’t bathe the dogs for several weeks at a time. As soon as I bathe them, the ticks have a free-for-all.

    Unfortunately, even with Frontline and checking, the deer ticks (the Lyme ticks) are so incredibly tiny and (evidently) so hardy that they succeed in transmitting disease.

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