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Old 02-03-2013, 10:15 PM
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What do you guys use? We used Advantix this past year and everyone got infested with fleas. Definitely using something else this year.
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Old 02-03-2013, 10:18 PM
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I like natural/holistic things, so I use Bug Off Garlic and have been for the last three years. I have never found a single flea or tick on any of my dogs when using it, and they are always in ponds swimming, off leash hiking, etc. I just don't trust those chemicals.
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Old 02-03-2013, 10:20 PM
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I would like to try non-chemical options. I've never use any before though, it was a benefit of living in Vegas.
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Old 02-03-2013, 10:21 PM
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We've never used much of anything. I might spray his legs down with vinegar, but that's the most I've ever done. But Zander's coat isn't exactly a flea or tick paradise, so...I'm probably no help here.
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Old 02-03-2013, 10:22 PM
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I dislike the chemicals as well, so I'm happy to try anything chemical-free. I may try the Bug Off Garlic stuff!
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I've always used Frontline as needed, until last year. I tried Vectra last year but had terrible luck with it! I don't know what I'll do this year.
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It comes in chewable tabs as well, but I'm not sure of the price or smell difference.

The powder is pretty smelly, but I like the smell of garlic so I don't mind it. XD
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Old 02-03-2013, 10:26 PM
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Merlin has a home-made "everyday spray" that he gets sprayed before/after leaving the house to freshen him up.
It's apple cider vinegar + Lavender essential oil + Cedar essential oil. The essential oils are a great repellent and ACV is a great deoderizer (the vinegar smell goes away once it dries) it repels fleas/ticks and it makes the coat more acidic (less welcoming to bugs)
Haven't had a problem with bugs at all

I've also heard good things about bug off garlic and similar products!
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Generally I don't use anything, but if I do it's usually Frontline. I used Certifect once or twice last year because I had some free doses, but I think that stuff is way too harsh for my suburban dogs that are in no danger of being mauled by ticks.

I have heard good things about Sentry Natural Defense but you always have to take into account how much of an issue fleas/ticks are in your area. I don't think fleas are really a huge problem here - at least, I have never known anyone to have a pet with fleas - so when people say their dog didn't get fleas/ticks on this product, well it really could have nothing to do with the product and just be that they weren't exposed to them

This year I don't plan on using anything!

ETA Fran how much of everything do you use in your little spray? I might want to have a little something like that on hand, mostly for Happy because it wouldn't be as easy to spot a tick on her like it is with Juno.
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Old 02-03-2013, 10:34 PM
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If I use something, I use Frontline. Depending on where you live, there are areas of the country (mostly deep south from what I've heard) where fleas are allegedly developing some resistance to it although the company claims it's actually usage error. In any case, up here it still works.

Whatever substance is in garlic that may or may not work, is also a chemical. Just sayin'.
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