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Old 03-08-2012, 05:22 PM   #1
 
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Question DOGS: flea, tick, heartworm treatment?

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We have been using Frontline Plus on Jasper, but we don't like how it's all oily for over a week and it makes him itchy.

We tried Revolution for a few months to rule out mange (it's allergies). It seemed to disappear quickly and didn't make him itchy in the area like Frontline.

We have fleas in the area but no ticks unless we go hiking or on vacation.

He is a Border Collie mix so we worry about collie issues and sensitivities.

Does anyone have good or bad experiences with Revolution? TIA!
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I would be careful with the Revolution seeing as how you have a Collie mix. That being said, I know many "herding" dogs who use Revolution without issue.

My clinic doesn't sell a lot of Revolution to dogs because we have a huge tick problem, but it is my go to product for cats. It is very good at controlling fleas.

If ticks are a non issue in your area, have you considered Trifexis?
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I was going to mention the connection between herding dogs and Revolution. I'm one of those better-safe-than-sorry people. Igive our aussies Sentinel because it is also a dewormer. Before they got Sentinel, they passed worms back and forth a couple of times because they poop in the back yard and they play a lot out there.
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I would be careful with the Revolution seeing as how you have a Collie mix. That being said, I know many "herding" dogs who use Revolution without issue.

My clinic doesn't sell a lot of Revolution to dogs because we have a huge tick problem, but it is my go to product for cats. It is very good at controlling fleas.

If ticks are a non issue in your area, have you considered Trifexis?
So Trifexis is safe for collies? And it treats heartworm and fleas?

We do have tick problems when we go on vacation, but then I've never actually seen a tick on him. (used Frontline Plus, but you'd think you'd at least find a tick if they were around, so who knows?)

We use Interceptor for heartworm right now, he hasn't had any problems with that. The Frontline Plus makes him very itchy at the application site, and it takes a week before it's distributed.

It sounds a little scary, as reviews online say the dogs had seizures or neurological problems. I'll have to ask the vet too.
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I've used Comfortis a couple of times on Calvin with decent results, but it's been about 10 months since I've had to put anything on him. Anyone have thoughts on it?
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I use Advantage (we don't have heartworm and have never had a tick problem). If I'm not real careful with application, it'll leave that oily spot. I will drop a few drops at his shoulder blades or a little higher, then move lower to another area apply a few, etc.That way I'm not leaving a big puddle in one area.
My cat used to lose hair where the Advantage was placed. But it was the best treatment at the time.
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I use Advantage (we don't have heartworm and have never had a tick problem). If I'm not real careful with application, it'll leave that oily spot. I will drop a few drops at his shoulder blades or a little higher, then move lower to another area apply a few, etc.That way I'm not leaving a big puddle in one area.
My cat used to lose hair where the Advantage was placed. But it was the best treatment at the time.
I usually make several application spots from front of shoulders to below, then he gets a BIG oily area.
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I use Advantage (we don't have heartworm and have never had a tick problem). If I'm not real careful with application, it'll leave that oily spot. I will drop a few drops at his shoulder blades or a little higher, then move lower to another area apply a few, etc.That way I'm not leaving a big puddle in one area.
My cat used to lose hair where the Advantage was placed. But it was the best treatment at the time.
I usually make several application spots from front of shoulders to below, then he gets a BIG oily area.
Ugh! It's funny how some dogs react differently than others. A pill sounds good. =)
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Calvin will be going on the Trifexis pill (after his bloodwork comes back because it's been a while since he's been on heartworm preventative) so I'm hopeful it will indeed keep fleas in check.

CL, if he gets ticks on vacations or outings do you have a tick key for removing them? We used to just pull them off and hope for the best, but the tick key works really well!

I'll report back with any results after he starts on it!
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Calvin will be going on the Trifexis pill (after his bloodwork comes back because it's been a while since he's been on heartworm preventative) so I'm hopeful it will indeed keep fleas in check.

CL, if he gets ticks on vacations or outings do you have a tick key for removing them? We used to just pull them off and hope for the best, but the tick key works really well!

I'll report back with any results after he starts on it!
I've never seen that one! I could really have used that on my son, who came home with a souvenir in his armpit after the last scout camping event... instead of breaking the stupid tick and having to go to ER on Sunday afternoon to have it removed. Ugh. So it really works to remove the whole tick? Cool! I hate those things. We have an REI not far, I'll call to see if they have those tick keys and buy a few. Thanks!


Please do LMK how Calvin does on the Trifexis. I keep forgetting to call the vet to ask about it.
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It definitely works, so neat! We've used it on Calvin several times and always pops the tick right off. In CT we lived in a really wooded area and he got ticks every year if we didn't get the yard treated soon enough. Hopefully here it won't be an issue.

Pet stores may sell them too, but I haven't ever checked.
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Calvin will be going on the Trifexis pill (after his bloodwork comes back because it's been a while since he's been on heartworm preventative) so I'm hopeful it will indeed keep fleas in check.

CL, if he gets ticks on vacations or outings do you have a tick key for removing them? We used to just pull them off and hope for the best, but the tick key works really well!

I'll report back with any results after he starts on it!
Did you start Calvin on Trifexis yet? How did he do? I think Jasper got fleas from the park at the family reunion. And we're out of fleas stuff. I need to call the vet and ask for the Trifexis, she said it should be ok.
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I've started him on it and he's been fine so far.

Poor Jasper. Fleas are getting worse and worse, I swear it.
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