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Posted 2/25/2013 7:23:39 AM
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I recently moved to a place out in the country with a little land, and I’m planning on starting up a little hobby farm. Nothing to big at first….maybe just some chickens and some goats for starters, and maybe a “guard” donkey. I’ve got two medium sized dogs that were outside/inside dogs back when I lived in the city…..they had a nice fenced in backyard to roam around, and for the most part I didn’t have too many problems with fleas and ticks on them. I know that with them now being full time outside dogs now….and being exposed to livestock, tall grass, wooded areas, and everything else that breeds fleas and ticks….they are going to be covered in them. I haven’t had any problems this fall/winter, but I’m guessing that this summer it’s going to be an issue.

What’s the best product(s) out there for keeping these “new to the farm” dogs from collecting too many ticks and fleas? I want to be able to bring them inside every now and then without having to worry about getting fleas in the house. I’ve seen pills, shots, drops, sprays, and flea&tick shampoos for dogs….what works the best?
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Posted 2/26/2013 6:28:11 AM
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Get you some free ranging poultry or gunieas to help keep the bug popluation down.

Food grade DE their beds and pen.

I combination of provention will do you better then using one thing.

Good Luck!

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Posted 2/28/2013 11:56:37 AM


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I use a little Dawn dish washing detergent when I bathe them, get it soapy and let it sit to kill fleas. I spray their bedding, but DE (diatomacous earth) is actually better because it is non-toxic. I use it on my garden but didn't think about using it on the dog ...doh!

I have found nothing that really keeps the ticks off. I use Frontline, but still pick them out constantly.

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Posted 8/12/2013 4:09:06 PM
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We have inside/outside dogs too. We use DE in the garden and flower beds around the house, and Advantage on the dogs and cats. We have found that setting up a dog washing station by the side porch has been a big help as well. Now when we rinse our boots off before coming in the house in the evenings we take a few minutes and rinse the dogs off as well. That was what few stray fleas they may pick up are rinsed away before coming in the house.
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Posted 9/10/2013 8:03:12 AM


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This year fleas have been a huge problem around here, I ended up resorting to a combination of Comfortis (a pill) and Advantage II (drops) on our Pug she's allergic to the flea bites and was in total agony between baths. The cats and our newest member of the family a Pomeranian/Papalion mix are doing fine with drops. And this is on top of all the natural methods of flea prevention, like I said they are a huge problem here this year and no one thing is taking care of it.

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Posted 9/14/2013 5:45:19 AM


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My daughter-in-law is a vet tech and I asked her this question. She said they recommend bathing dogs in a solution of 50% Dawn and 50% white vinegar. I tried it on our Great Pyr and it seems to have done the trick! It cleaned and deodorized her skin amazingly well, too.

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Posted 9/14/2013 7:26:25 AM
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I will definetely be trying this. I did not know about the vinegar part but since we started using the 50% dawn to bath with last month everybody's coat is really soft and shiny.
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