Best flea & tick treatment for dogs

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When we got our current dog as a puppy I really wanted to only use "natural" products to treat fleas and ticks as I hate putting strong chemicals on his skin, but unfortunately they just didn't work (and cost a fortune) and he got fleas:eek:

So I bought some Frontline as we had used this on our previous dogs and they never had fleas, but that did not get rid of them, so had to wait for a month and then used Advantage, which worked very well.

I am quite happy continuing with the Advantage as it does seem to keep my dog flea free, but I don't know what to do about ticks. Is there a specific treatment for ticks?

I definitely wouldn't use any of the tablet treatments like Bravecto.
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  • sherambersheramber Forumite
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    I use a scalibor collar which lasts for 6 months. However, they are not suitable if you have cats or if they have close contact with a child, such as sleeping with them.

    I live in a rural area where ticks abound and do not find any on the dogs after the initial few days until it is fully effective.

    You can get a Seresto collar from your vet or online with a prescription. It treat against fleas and ticks for up to 9 months.

    You can get Advantix which deals with ticks. It is a prescription product so you need to get it from your vet or online with a prescription.
  • dawyldthingdawyldthing Forumite
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    You’d be better bathing them too as that kills the fleas and ticks. We’ve used no end of drops but bathing seems to be the main way of getting rid of them
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  • When it comes to flea treatments, Some people prefer effective topical solutions, while others prefer natural ones. With that been said, please keep in mind that both ways can be equally effective if applied correctly.

    If your dog is suffering from a flea infestation, chances are you home and yard are also infested, so make sure to treat your house and yard also to prevent flea re-infestation.

    Here are some of the best ways to get rid of fleas:

    DRYNESS

    Fleas hate very dry areas (so install a dehumidifier and a fan).

    CARPET

    Keep carpeted areas to a minimum. Most flea larvae coil themselves around carpet fibers and are not easily removed. Carpet is the perfect flea environment! If you do have carpeting, vacuum frequently.

    CLEANING

    Wash wood or stone floors frequently. Flea eggs, larvae, and pupae are attracted to cracks and joints in floors and will die when they are hit by simple soap and water or steam.

    BAKING SODA AND SALT

    Sprinkle baking soda and/or salt all over your floor and furniture. Work it into the fabric with a stiff brush or broom. Leave it for several hours. Keep your pets out of the room(s) while treating for fleas.

    BATHING

    Bathe your pet in salt water or plain old soap and water. Fleas can't live in salt water, so periodic dips in the ocean (or a salt water rinse) can also help keep fleas under control.

    DIATOMACEOUS EARTH

    Apply food-grade diatomaceous earth (DE) in places where fleas seem most prevalent: a light dusting on the pet's bedding and the carpet or couch, under the baseboard heater, refrigerator and stove, near the sink, garbage or wherever you suspect fleas.

    Vacuum

    Vacuuming removes up to 30 percent of the larvae and up to 60 percent of flea eggs from a carpet, as well as the larvae’s food supply of dried blood. Vacuum under furniture, cushions, chairs, beds, and along walls. Discard vacuum cleaner bags at least once a week.
  • thanks for the information. I did not know before
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