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On facebook (yes, I`m an addict) I love to read the postings, comments and tips of a very famous vet. I don`t know if I`m allowed to mention her name here. Anyway, most of you should know who she is.
She keeps on recommending natural remedies when it comes to nearly everything and that is totally what I would try for my dog first as well. EXCEPTION: When it comes to ticks.
Has anybody of you here ever tried natural products such as tea-tree-oil? I mean: Come on: Ticks?!?! Every third tick causes Borreliose-where I live. I am glad to have found something that prevents these beasts (Advantix). And believe me: I hate putting that poison on my beloved dog. But do I really have a choice?
I would love to hear/read that I am wrong and that woman really has THE STUFF THAT WORKS.
Here in the US ticks not only carry Lyme, but also things that are almost as bad like Rocky Mountain Spotted fever. I check my dog daily for them, but also use a topical treatment. Which one I use varies because the ticks develop immunities to them. For example, Frontline, a very popular between the shoulders topical, does absolutely nothing for ticks. Advantix seems to help but some people find you have to apply it every two weeks in heavily infested areas. Right now, I use Vectra, which does work. It is a real problem for us - collars and natural remedies just don't do enough (( and I, for one, absolutely HATE waking up at night to the feeling of a tick crawling up my leg!! )), so it is a matter of keeping them in during tick season (won't work with an energetic Irish) or finding something that keeps the creatures off. I think you have to go with recommendations from your vet and weigh it with what you believe, but around here we just can't afford to mess with them.
So far this year they haven't been too bad. I don't know why, and we may just be in a lucky area, because with the weather we've been having they should be everywhere. ((Rain, heat, rain, heat, rain, heat -- perfect for tick breeding.))
I hate them.