Scratch, Scratch, Scratch
Hi, it’s Bear here. Well, I’ve been itching and scratching. Not fun. Maw kept checking me for fleas but didn’t find any. I did get flea treatments all summer and then she even gave me a bath when she saw I was scratching. Actually, it was a double dose bath. First she washed me with fleas soap and then she gave me an oatmeal bath. However, I was still scratching. Then she found some sores on me. One on my back that I have been chewing at and one under my front arm. She said this one looked more like a flea bite. Then she saw some redness on my belly. No sores there though.
Off to the Vet
After finding these sores but no fleas you can guess where I was going. Ugh!! I hate going to the vet. The last time I was there I had to get my nails trimmed. And I hate people touching my toes! So needless to say, I was not a happy camper and was acting like a real baby. Thought I was going to get my nails trimmed again. I was being stubborn and wouldn’t cooperate with Maw when they tried to weigh me. Finally, Maw just tightened up on my leash and collar, got behind me and made me walk the line. Then I sat down so nicely on the scale and it was over in about 5 seconds. Geez, all that fuss over nothing. (That’s what Maw was saying.) Then I was taken into the exam room. That’s me waiting for the Doc. My nerves are a little frazzled.
Apparently I have a skin infection. Maw asked what causes it and she was told it could be several things. It could have started with an insect or flea bite. We do have a lot of bees around here now. The doc asked if I had been swimming a lot. Maw said not too much because the pool is closed now. (But I have been frequenting the neighbor’s pond. Shhh.) Having consistently damp skin and/or humid weather could cause irritation. Regardless, I was given an antibiotic and a bath soap to be used twice a week for the next two weeks. The doc did check to make sure there were no fleas and thank goodness there weren’t any because those are some nasty critters! And that was it. No nail clipping and at this writing I’ve already had my first bath.
Cha – Ching!
Just a note to those of you who don’t have a pet dog yet. Taking your dog to the vet is an additional, unexpected expense. Just like humans we get sick too. Unless you have pet insurance be sure to keep at least an extra C Note on hand for emergency veterinarian visits.
Speaking of Fleas
As I said, fleas are terrible, nasty critters and they are certainly something you don’t want on your dog or cat and most certainly not in your house. Fleas not only annoy us by biting, sucking our blood and leaving itchy sores they also contribute to a variety of viral and bacterial diseases in pets and humans. You can learn more about fleas and in-depth treatments here. Using preventative measures to begin with is the best way keep fleas away. Following are a few of my suggestions for the best flea protection for dogs. My suggestions are based on simply what has worked for Maw’s dogs. I am not going into chemical make up of the products or this post would go on forever.
Flea Product Reviews
Advantage, K9 Advantix II and Frontline are the most popular topical flea and tick products. Maw always used K9 Advantix II on my predecessors and it worked great. K9 also kills and repels mosquitoes. So if you live in an area with lots of sqeeters then K9 Advantix II might be your best bet. Frontline has been getting a lot of complaints lately that the product doesn’t work as good as it used to. I cannot comment on that but I do know that Maw used Frontline on me last year and I DID get fleas. Caught it early so it wasn’t too bad. This year Maw has been using a product on me called Freedom Spot-on for Dogs and it is working extremely well. It is available at Tractor Supply and only costs $9.99 for a three month supply. However, it is only available In-Store. So if you have a Tractor Supply near you that’s great. If not, I recommend K9 Advantix II.
***IMPORTANT! – Advantage and Advantix and both made by Bayer and these products often get confused with each other. The most important diference is Advantix II CANNOT BE USED ON CATS. Please read the excerpt below from ConsumerSearch.com regarding Frontline and the use of Advantix II.
Like Advantage II, Frontline Plus gets high marks for safety from both vets and pet owners, but it doesn’t appear to be as consistently effective. The vets at Mid Hudson Animal Hospital in Hyde Park, N.Y., say that while they “would love to recommend” a cat-friendly product that kills both fleas and ticks, they “have had too many clients complain that their pets still had lots of fleas when they were using Frontline.” While these remarks appear to refer to original Frontline rather than Frontline Plus, we found many reviews for Frontline Plus from pet owners that echo this complaint. Many owners note that Frontline Plus (or original Frontline) used to work for their pets and no longer does.
For dog owners who want to control both fleas and ticks, another option is K9 Advantix II (Est. $65 for a 6-month supply) , depending on the weight of the dog. Made by the same company that makes Advantage II, K9 Advantix II contains the same ingredients, plus an additional ingredient called permethrin that kills ticks and mosquitoes. Permethrin is highly toxic to cats, so K9 Advantix II is for use on dogs only. In fact, according to the “GreenPaws Flea and Tick Products Directory” sponsored by the Natural Resources Defense Council, veterinarians advise against using products with permethrin if there are any cats in the home. While permethrin is not generally considered harmful to dogs, reviews from dog owners suggest that K9 Advantix II is more likely to cause side effects than either Advantage II or Frontline Plus. Skin irritation is the most common problem, but a few owners describe more serious reactions. Still, K9 Advantix II appears to be the most effective product available for treating both fleas and ticks in dogs.
To read the full report visit ConsumerSearch.com.
If your not a swimmer and your maw and paw prefer natural treatments then Natural-Wonder Pets TripleSure is a good product to consider. I’ve seen good and bad reviews about the product but here’s the gist of it. It is made from four ingredients: cedarwood oil, peppermint oil, ethyl lactate and filtered water. It is said to kill, repel and retard new infestations of fleas, ticks, lice and mosquitoes, hence TripleSure and it’s all totally natural. Also, there is no chemical smell. Instead your house and pet will smell like a woodsy cottage at Christmas time. It is available in a trigger bottle for direct contact or a spray bottle.
Now some people will say that even essential oils are not good for us unless we know exactly how much we are using. However, can’t we say the same thing about the chemicals that are put in the above products. My Maw would feel much better using the natural product on me but it is not waterproof. Since I am such a big swimmer, in the pool and the neighbor’s pond, it would be nearly impossible to keep putting this product on me.
For soothing relief from skin irritations, hot spots, flea and tick bites or allergy relief I recommend SoothAway, a natural topical treatment without steroids. It also disinfects infections and reduces pain and inflammation and promotes rapid healing of skin cell tissue.
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