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protect dog from ticks?

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protect dog from ticks?

how do I protect my dog from ticks in the woods?

should I spray it with deet or permetherin (ticks spray) ?
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I would not spray my dog with anything as they do have a tendency to lick themselves thus ingesting the spray. Even the prescribed topical treatment is once a month rubbed into the back of the neck. The best you can do is to have your veterinarian prescribe some medications for this. It may not prevent a bite but it will prevent the after effects, myself I chose the oral medications for ticks and fleas.
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We use chewable meds for both Heartworm and Ticks.

For Ticks we now use Nexgard - given orally once a month. We used to use BravEcto given every 2 months.

For Heartworm we give our dog chewable Heartgard Plus. He has a double coat so we are happy that we no longer have to use the topical Revolution.

We buy both meds from our Toronto vet. Toronto has seen quite a rise in tick bites. People as well.
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NextGuard or Bravecto are the products of choice. They are essentially the same product but made by different companies; NextGuard is monthly and Bravecto is every 3 months. The only reason vets would suggest NextGuard over Bravecto would be to try and ensure compliance. Every three months people may tend to forget.
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Why are we not using revolution anymore?
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Do I need Vet prescription for Nextguard? can I buy it off the internet?
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picard12 wrote:
May 29th, 2017 8:30 am
Do I need Vet prescription for Nextguard? can I buy it off the internet?
Prescription required.
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Is there any medication that don't require prescription?

How do these medications protect dogs from ticks?
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I don't know about alternative medications for ticks, but NextGuard and Bravecto work systemically. The tick/flea must bite to be killed...

Some people get worried thinking that means their pet will be exposed to Lyme disease but from what I understand it takes about 12 hours of feeding before it transfers. The tick will have died by then. On top of that, apparently a tick that bites that has Lyme (which is a very small percentage of ticks) will have a very low transfer rate of giving a dog Lyme. Humans on the other hand have a high chance of getting Lyme if a tick with Lyme bites them.
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K9 Advantix II and Vectra 3D are both good topical flea and tick preventatives. They both contain permethrin which will repel mosquitoes too.
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Go to a horse and tack shop if there's one near you and buy some permethrin horse spray. Its FAR cheaper than K9 Advantix II and does the same thing. I give my dog a quick spray about once or twice a season depending on if he's in the water a lot or not. I've found a dead tick on him, but never a live one.

Keep permethrin away from cats
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picard12 wrote:
May 29th, 2017 8:30 am
Do I need Vet prescription for Nextguard? can I buy it off the internet?


You can definitely buy it online but would you really trust your dog's life with it to save 20 bucks ? In case you are unaware pharmaceuticals for sale online are often counterfeit and apart from being ineffective often contain harmful substances. Would you buy a prescription for someone you cared about knowing this?
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Jan 24, 2008
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If you guys read about Nexgard, do a little bit research and you will see on how this medicine is killing dogs. Bravecto even worse. These are actually pesticide that you feed your dogs.
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rulerman wrote:
Jul 10th, 2017 10:26 am
If you guys read about Nexgard, do a little bit research and you will see on how this medicine is killing dogs. Bravecto even worse. These are actually pesticide that you feed your dogs.
Yes... Pesticides in quantities to kill a flea. Any products used to effectively kill fleas/ticks aren't going to be non-toxic. You do realise we eat pesticides every day in our fruits and vegetables, right?

The company takes complaints of this nature -- or any side effect for that matter -- very seriously and wants them reported immediately. They need to by law. Instead of posting on a Facebook group, if these stories are true they should be getting reported to the company.

Bravecto has quickly become the best selling product since its release... I do not believe I have heard a single complaint besides maybe diarrhea.

Here's the flip side of "Bravecto kills":
http://www.walkervillevet.com.au/blog/d ... kill-dogs/

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