I used Frontline on my previous beagle Molly, and it worked very well. I haven't started using anything on Maggie yet as she's only 4 months old. I plan on calling the vet this week to ask about flea/tick protection, as I know they need to be a certain age before using.
I have used them all! I live in the south and fleas and ticks are a problem even when you use the prevention medication. Here's what I have heard from vets and/or experienced. Advantage is best if fleas are your biggest problem. Frontline is best if ticks are your biggest problem.
Advantix and Frontline made Toby scratch more than Advantage. Holistic type vets say that Advantage is the "safest" of the three (for what that's worth).
If you live in a warm, tropical type area like I do, you will find that you still get the occasional tick and that the prevention medication doesn't really last a whole month. Per my vet, baths do make some of it come off.
My vet cautioned us about using them right now since we have a mobile baby in the house. I have been working very hard with diet, natural sprays, caution on play areas, etc. and have had good success with it since last summer. That being said, we are on our way to the vet today to see about doing more because in the spring it is just so bad in my area.
If you live in an area that is more seasonal with fleas/ticks you can give them a break from it in those off months. While fairly safe (if you don't have small children in the house), it can be irritating to their skin and a break can be helpful during the off months.
I am using Frontline plus. I'm fine with it (and so is Chloe, so far anyway). I put an ampule on her every 2-3 months.
I also know of Revolution, which is an excellent product that also includes in its formula heartworm prevention. You'll need to get that at the vets office or with a prescription at 1800 Petmeds. It will also have to be given once a month.
We used to use Frontline Plus on both Summer and Murphy. It works well. But we found that Murphy has a seizure within 4 hours of application. So it only Summer getting Frontline. We haven't figured out what to use on Murphy yet.
I have asked my vet about such things (flea, tick, and heartworm) if the Bagel and I should venture to an area where they were a potential problem. Bagel and I were thinking of a trip to Houston and heartworm was a concern. Her (my vet) advice was only cross those bridges if necessary. She effectively talked the Bagel and I out of our trip and we went exploring in Idaho, and Wyoming instead. What i understood is that there are risks with any of these preventive measures, heartworm being the worst. The Bagel and I are glad we live in a dry climate where we don't have to worry about fleas, ticks, or mosquitos.
I have not come across anything that is a natural preventative for heartworms. In that case the risks of using the Inceptor far outweighs the risk of heartworm, at least in Abby's case, but I know of instances where such medication (Heartguard mostly) caused problems for the dog, so be sure to have a thorough conversation with your vet. Heartworms are one of my biggest fears as well.
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That was the same advice my vet gave, however, the preventative approach is far less risky than the the cure should they get infected. Like I say, our vet convinced us to vacation in a different direction. I'm sorry dogs that have rain every month so have to pay for having more green. Some Natural healthy foods like garlic may work for pest but I'm unaware of anything natural that works against heartworms.
ok i just got back from the vets and since ticks are so bad here this year they are recommending Frontline Plus so that is what I got ~ I wanted Revolution for the heartworm protection too since that is what i use on my cat but they said the Frontline is better for now for the ticks....
I have used Heartguard for 15 years on various dogs for heartworm prevention. I've lived in Florida and now Tennessee, and I would never take my dogs off it. I'm switching to Frontline from k9 advantix since ticks are the main concern for me, because Henry and I do a lot of hiking in wooded areas.
For those folks using Heartgard, remember that there is a generic called "Iverhart" - considerably cheaper. You will probably have to ask your vet for it (mine sells it but doesn't offer it unless asked). If he/she doesn't have it, ask if they could get you some.
I've used Frontline Plus for several years on dogs and cats and had good luck with it, against fleas and ticks. My daughter, however, lives more in a more wooded area and hasn't found Frontline Plus to be as effective keeping those countryfied ticks off her cat. I've heard K-9 Advantix is better against ticks, but it's even pricier than Frontline.
Well, it seems the Sentinel isn't working. Jersey has been biting and scratching and I keep finding fleas on her. Luckily I'm only finding one at a time and it seems that once I get it she's good. I think she's picking them up at daycare. She's only gone there twice in the last two weeks. It's been the weekend after both times when I've found the fleas. I'll have to go get something different from the vet this week.
We use FrontLine for the ticks, fleas and mosquitos, and advantix for the heartworms....our vet suggests using both all year, but I use the frontline only from March until our k iller freeze. Heartworm is a 12 month deal so he thinks he's getting a treat at least once a month.