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Ohhhhhh Benji!

You were sleeping clear across the room so peacefully... Woke up to potty and of course you want to rub and cuddle me... right after an Advantix Application... You should see me scurrying away from him... I'm convinced it's only making it worse...

What do you do with your dogs after flea/tick meds application?
 

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Having three dogs ... I separate them in different rooms for a few hours or crate them with a nice frozen Kong. :)

EDIT: My dogs play closely with frequent body and mouth contact and I am always afraid one of them will get it in their mouth somehow. :/
 

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Having three dogs ... I separate them in different rooms for a few hours or crate them with a nice frozen Kong. :)
Pretty much this, only with 2. They go in a crate with a treat until they're dry.
 

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If we are talking about the spot on behind the neck, there is nothing wrong with an ear or head rub, a belly rub or pat on the chest. If you get any on you, no panic, just wash it off under a tap.
 

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I am interested in how people cope with this issue.

We don't use anything because there isn't a huge flea or tick problem where I am. In fact in the last year and a half (the entire time I have lived here) I have seen no fleas and exactly 1 tick.
 

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Good to know his head is safe because thats what he tends to rub on me the most!!
 

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Hitch is usually really good at sitting quietly next to me if I ask him to, but if he does get some on me I just wash it off me.
 

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We give it an hour before bedtime. Just enough movement to spread it, we dont roll in it, and Lessens chance of Skyler getting any of what we gave Chloe (they get diff meds, mdr1)
 

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We give it an hour before bedtime. Just enough movement to spread it, we dont roll in it, and Lessens chance of Skyler getting any of what we gave Chloe (they get diff meds, mdr1)

I think next month I will give it at bed time!!
 

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I don't use a spot on treatment for flea prevention. This season, I started using an all natural herbal spray and it's working brilliantly. I just give Molly a few spritzes before we head out for a walk & she's been flea free all season. We've just moved to a new area & I wasn't sure how bad the flea situation is here so during Molly's recent wellness check, I asked the vet about it & she said the flea problem is very bad here. So far, so good with this stuff:

http://petnaturals.com/pnstore/index.php?l=product_detail&p=61

I don't know how convenient it would be to use on a larger or long coated dog but for my short coated peanut, it's awesome.
 

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My aunt put the spot treatment on her dog, he rubbed against their wooden headboard on their bed and it took the finish off. YIKES. I've never had that problem. I just put it on the dogs in the morning before I leave for work. They're in their crates for a few hours while it dries and I haven't had any problems yet.
 

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I don't use a spot on treatment for flea prevention. This season, I started using an all natural herbal spray and it's working brilliantly. I just give Molly a few spritzes before we head out for a walk & she's been flea free all season. We've just moved to a new area & I wasn't sure how bad the flea situation is here so during Molly's recent wellness check, I asked the vet about it & she said the flea problem is very bad here. So far, so good with this stuff:

http://petnaturals.com/pnstore/index.php?l=product_detail&p=61

I don't know how convenient it would be to use on a larger or long coated dog but for my short coated peanut, it's awesome.

I may ask my Vet about that next month... We have a bad deer tick situation so I'd have to see what he says. Also... You have to use it every time? Is it cost effective?? Benji is going t grow a long coat right now he's about as furry as a long haired cat so that may be a lot of work but I will look into it!
 

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My fiance is strictly against spot on treatments but on previous dogs I always did it at bedtime and provided a frozen Kong in the crate. I no longer use them. They are scary though.. I mean.. it can melt plastic cups and take finish off of wood? I will stick to the natural means of prevention. Eep
 

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I may ask my Vet about that next month... We have a bad deer tick situation so I'd have to see what he says. Also... You have to use it every time? Is it cost effective?? Benji is going t grow a long coat right now he's about as furry as a long haired cat so that may be a lot of work but I will look into it!
I hadn't been using it much for neighborhood walks since she's mostly on cement sidewalks but when we walk in more natural settings, she gets spritzed. After my vet said the fleas can be bad here, I started giving her a few spritzes whenever we walk out the door. I'm about half way through my original bottle, which I bought about 3 months ago for about $18. I was also concerned about deer ticks but my vet said they're not a huge problem in the areas I tend walk Molly & since she short coated, I opted to check her over after walks in the meadow rather than doing the Lyme vac. She also said that the tick must be attached for at least 24 hours to transmit the disease. So far with this spray, I haven't seen a flea or tick on her.
 

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It's a little scary when you think about it in terms if it being able to melt plastic or take the finish off wood. Or the concerns that you shouldn't get it on your own skin, but dogs are different than humans. They don't have porous skin like humans. We have a huge deer tick and flea situation in the Mid-Atlantic and I can't imagine not using some type of f/t preventative. If my dogs are living in the house and sleeping in my bed, they've gotta be protected.
 

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I give Crystal Sentinel instead, which is in pill form (it may be hard to get right now because the plant shut down due to a few issues with human meds -- pet meds are fine). She loves the pill and scarfs it down. My vet's out of the Sentinel in Casper's size, so I use a spot-on on him (Revolution), but his neck fur is so thick that I can't even really see a wet spot afterwards.
 

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I know people that use ACV, Skin So Soft and several other holistic type flea prevention. I stopped using the hard stuff (Advantix, Frontline etc) when I lived in an apartment and we weren't around woods. Now that I am back in a house with lots of foliage and pine trees I went back to Andvantix II. Not a huge fan of putting all types of chemicals on the dogs but dealing with a constant flea and tick issue would be worse.

The dogs actually just got their flea treatment last night. We usually do it right before bed time. They aren't crated at night, but they don't play. They go to their beds and we go to ours. I can always tell when I do a bad job because I get a few grease spots for a day or two. Sometimes it's hard to dig through thick fur to get to skin.
 

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Jubel's fur just seems to suck up the oils from the spot on treatment so he'll have a greasy spot for close to two days after I apply it no matter how I apply it. In the end it really doesn't matter when I do it during the day as he'll be greasy in that area for so long. When I plan ahead I'll usually do it in the morning so it's had most of the day to start drying/absorbing before he's snuggling up to me in bed.
 
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