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We have ticks.. bad.. lyme ticks, wood ticks, dog ticks.. Our dog cannot live her life solely inside.. outside is a fact of life here..<br><br>
We have been using Adtantix from the vet.. and guess what we just pulled off her.. 2 wood ticks.. if she has wood ticks, she probably has lyme ticks somewhere too.. on a thick coated black dog.. impossible to see..<br><br>
We /just/ applied the meds too.. about 1 1/2 weeks ago.. she hasnt' had a bath since then..<br><br>
So.. guess it doesn't work... what does?
 

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When we use to have tick s really bad we used a colar we got from the vet. It wasn't sticky like the ones at walmart and it really worked. I don't know if there is something better other then dipping but I'm sure there is.
 

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I don't think Advatix works for ticks very well at ALL. For ticks it relies on the same drug as the cheapo over-the-counter brands like Hartz. I'd try Frontline; in my experience that works a lot better. But even Frontline is not going to be 100%.<br><br>
I'm not sure what "outside is a fact of life" means--is the dog running off-leash through the woods all the time without supervision? We certainly don't keep our dogs inside every second, but I keep the back yard mowed as short as possible and when we go walk in the woods we comb the dogs out afterward. That, plus Frontline, works decently.
 

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I'm another Frontline fan. I purchase it online because it tends to be less expensive.<br><br>
I will say, I am trying so hard to find a great garlic-mix tablet so I don't use chemicals. However, depending upon the area, the chemicals (Frontline) may be a necessary evil, especially if your pup is an outside or partially outside pup.
 

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No, our dog isnt' outside unsupervised.. but we are outside a lot.. while our lawn is mowed short and kept as leaf free as possible.. living in the wooded countryside.. we have ticks badly no matter what we do.. short of chemicly treating the lawn which we cannot do or afford.. You can pick a tick up here just walking to the mailbox. Lyme city central, we call it..<br><br>
I'll try frontline, do I need to wait a certain time to apply it if I just applied Advantix?<br><br>
I'd love to be able to comb her every time we come inside.. but with three little kids and beign outside several times a day (not in the woods, though she can dart in and out of there if she gets her mind to do so..and she is having some "Free" run time) but lyme nits can be so small.. that wouldn't even "get" those..<br><br>
nasty lyme.. nasty nasty nasty
 

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I grew up in the woods (seeing your location, we were probably next door :neighbors <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wave.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wave">.) Like you said, ticks of all kinds are a fact of life there. We were never able to completely deflect them. The only thing that seemed to keep them at a minimum on our dogs were an overlapping combo Frontline, traditional flea/tick collars, medicated baths and brushing.<br><br>
I feel your frustration. I can't seem to visit my parents anymore without finding one on my sock. Its the center of tick universe there.
 

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Ugh. I hate ticks. I have one dog that is ridiculously prone to them (thankfully she's white) - even with freshly applied Frontline and limited bathing. I've never found even one on my other dog.<br><br>
I'm in the burbs, on a standard walk we're on close-cropped lawns and sidewalks so I don't have to worry. We spend a couple hours a week walking through woods/fields.. The only thing that's been effective is a through check and combing every time we go anywhere with underbrush.<br><br>
But I don't have one child, much less 3 and a house.
 

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I'm in Ulster county. Ticks aren't so bad here, and Advantix still works OK on my newfs. Have seen NO ticks on them. We hike a lot. Several times a week.<br><br>
When I was living with my other newfies further downstate, and would hike everyday in Harriman State Park (lyme central), I used the following, and never had ticks on my dogs:<br><br>
1- biospot (strong, nasty stuff that is safe only on medium to big dogs, I wouldn't use it on a small dog... causes seizures).<br><br>
2- RioVista Pet-So-Soft (available from KV Vet, among others, I buy a gallon of it at a time, for me and the kids, now). I used to spray this on the dogs and me every time we went out. It's a natural repellent and for some reason, in combo w/biospot, made the dogs totally unattractive to ticks.<br><br>
You have to use both. And you have to apply the Pet-so-Soft everytime you go out. Don't worry.... it smells nice.<br><br>
Good luck.<br><br>
BTW, i Still use the petsosoft, but only for me and my children (plus DEET).<br><br>
Liz
 

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Advantix has the same stuff as Bio-Spot, just FYI.<br><br>
Very interesting about the Pet So Soft; that's not one I am familiar with. We have used <a href="http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_gallery_9&listing_id=15549142" target="_blank">this</a> on ourselves and the dogs for mosquitoes and it really works, so I am glad to know of another one.
 

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Yah, Riovista Pet so soft was developped for horses. But works great with people. I don't normally like the caustic, lemony "natural" things, but this is good smelling and effective. i'm sensitive to perfumes and chemicals, but this one feels natural and doesn't make me wheeze!<br><br>
Liz
 
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