Do you use chemical control for fleas and ticks?

by Iris Miller
(Bristol, CT)

my sweetheart Tuffy

my sweetheart Tuffy

my sweetheart Tuffy this yarn ball is now my toy

Tuffy is three years old and I have been using flea,tick and heartworm preventives as prescribed by my Vet applied every month all year long.


Tuffy had severe allergic and neurological reactions to Heartguard and K9 Advantix plus, so we switched to Interceptor and Frontline plus. He is doing well, some mild reactions to these and no fleas.

We live in CT. where ticks spread Lyme disease. Tuffy got bitten by a tick last year, apparently they don't die until they bite and get a taste of the chemical. Tuffy became severely infected with Lyme disease, we never saw the tick that bit him, he was lame, could not walk. He was is such terrible pain throughout his body and spine, he could not even be touched. The Vet had him on antibiotics for a month.

Since that time last summer Tuffy presented me with a tick latched onto the top of his head that I pulled off. I ran to the Vet with Tuffy for blood tests, he was okay. Long story short, today I got an email about the health dangers to our pets and to humans from these chemical we are using to prevent infestation of our pets and homes with these chemicals.

Here is a link I went to.http://www.simplesteps.org/greenpaws-products. It confused me, Now I don't know what to use and need help from you all. What do you use on your Coton for flea,tick, and heartworm prevention, and do you notice any side effects? Do you use a flea collar, is it effective?

I am now freaked out and very concerned. I cannot imagine using a fine toothed flea comb on a Coton's hair as suggested by the website, nor the frequent soapy baths. What's a mom to do? I want to keep us both safe and healthy.

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Mar 11, 2011
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my sympathies to Anonomous
by: Iris Miller

I am sorry you had to experience that loss, it is heartwrenching, I know. That is the reason I am so distressed after learning the side effects of these products, and asking for advice from the Coton community.I don't want Tuffy getting Lyme disease again, and I need a really effective treatment that is safe for me and him.Tuffy sleeps in my bed and I don't want to douse him or my bed with anything either.
I am wondering what eveyone here is doing for this problem and what location they live in, because it will determine what actually will work for me and Tuffy.
blessings and love,
Iris and Tuffy Coton

Mar 10, 2011
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Go natuaral !
by: Anonymous

If you continue to use the flea and tick "poison" suggested by vets you will have to contend with canine cancer of some type around 8-10 years. Sadly, we know this from experience.

Mar 10, 2011
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D.E.
by: Iris Miller

This is something I have heard of for house plants, never for ingesting (food grade D.E.?) so I will definitely research it as an option. As for sprinkling it on the lawn, our yard is wet all year long, we are at the bottom of a hill and our yard is like a drainage ditch, mushy, spongy, wet like a swamp.
Has your Vet approved using Diatamaceous earth for your pup?
thanks
Iris

Mar 10, 2011
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Food Grade Diatamatious Earth
by: Daisy

...I am a 13 weeks, and my owner mommy Sprinkles me with a FOOD GRADE Diatamatious Earth {sp?} She also mixes it with a raw egg and I love it, the DEarth kills intentional parasites, and it acts as a razor to fleas, tics, and other critters, she powders it all over me, powders my bed, and sprinlkes the carpet, furniture, and other places to kill those little SUCKERS. She also sprinkles it in the yard, but yard MUST BE DRY NOT WET.
Google it and u will find all kinds of GREAT usage for DE, and where to get it.. REMEMBER FOOD GRADe!!!!

My owner loves me.. From 1 Coton to another have a flea free day.

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