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Ticks are of medical importance because they can be an annoyance, they can cause harm due to their blood feeding activities and because they can transmit many pathogenic organisms. Many diseases of importance to both human and veterinary medicine are transmitted by ticks. Included in these are:

Tick-transmitted diseases of humans.

Babesiosis

Colorado tick fever

Ehrlichiosis (HME & HGE)

Relapsing fever

Rocky Mountain spotted fever

Tularemia

Lyme disease

Tick -transmitted diseases of animals.

Anaplasmosis : cattle and sheep, deer.

Babesiosis: dogs, cattle, horses, deer.

Ehrlichiosis: dogs, deer.

Haemobartonellosis: dogs and cats

Rocky Mountain spotted fever: dogs

Lyme disease: dogs, cattle, horses, small mammals

Theileriosis: white-tailed deer

Hepatozoonosis:
dogs, cats and small mammals.

Cytauxzoonosis: cats
Chemical control is necessary to halt cyclic reinfestation. This involves spraying the home interior and yard with an approved insecticide, and dipping dogs or bathing them with an insecticidal soap. This procedure may have to be repeated if the problem has been neglected for an extended period. The services of a professional pest control operator may be contracted to power spray extensive outside areas that cannot be treated effectively with a hand sprayer.
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After years of frustration, we finally have flea products that work: Revolution, Advantage and Frontline. They work well enough and fast enough that even if you have a heavy flea infestation, you probably won't need to fumigate your house or spray the yard.  Simply treat your your pets.  Fleas jump on pets, fleas die.  As simple as that.
Dog Flea
Advantage and Frontline
Advantage and Frontline Top Spot are supplied in a little plastic squeeze tubes.  Select the size that matches your pet's weight and apply the entire contents directly onto the skin, once a month. 

Reasons to choose Advantage instead of Frontline

Advantage is easy.  The packaging is easy to use, and Advantage comes with a little picture showing exactly where to apply it.

It can be used any time.  You can bathe your dog and apply Advantage a few hours later.

Using both products according to label instructions, Advantage is slightly cheaper.

Reasons to choose Frontline instead of Advantage

Frontline lasts longer.  For flea control in dogs, it's probably good for three months.  For cats,  two months.  When the manufacturer began recommending it for tick control, they changed their recommendation from every three months to every month.

Used monthly, Frontline does an acceptable job of tick control.  We have had clients complain that it doesn't work and others sing its praises. If you
have a serious tick problem, Preventic Collars (dogs only) may work better.  Preventic collars make the ticks fall off before they die.  With Frontline, ticks usually stay attached and must be removed individually.

Frontline doesn't wash off as easily as Advantage. Both products withstand occasional swimming and light bathing, but Frontline stands up to frequent swimming and even a serious bath now and then. 

If used every two months, which is adequate for flea control, Frontline is less expensive.



With Frontline, keep these things in mind:
Do not bathe your dog three days before or three days after applying Frontline Top Spot.

Your veterinarian should give you the the little extra sheet that shows where to apply Frontline and explains how to deal with the somewhat awkward packaging.

Frontline spray
Frontline Spray works the same as Frontline Top Spot, but is not quite so easy to use, since it must be sprayed all over the body.  For cats and small dogs, Frontline spray is much less expensive than Frontline Top Spot and just as effective.

Tick Control
Deer Tick - Lyme Disease
Black Legged Deer Tick
This is the most common vector for Lyme disease in North America. The adults are cool weather ticks, appearing in spring and fall but usually remaining on the host throughout the winter. Larvae and nymphs are abundant in the summer and feed on small mammals and lizards. The life cycle is typically 2 years.
Dog Tick
American Dog Tick
The adults of this tick are common on a variety of hosts but dogs appear to be the most common host. It is widely distributed over the eastern two-thirds of the United States. Adult tick activity begins in mid-April and peaks by June, declining until September. In southern states, all stages may be found on the host throughout the year. It is a common vector for Rocky Mountain Spotted fever, anaplasmosis, feline cytauxzoonosis and tick paralysis in the eastern United States.
Lone Star Tick
Lone Star Tick
This is an extremely common tick in most southeastern states. It is primarily a problem as a pest but it is involved in the transmission of canine ehrlichiosis, tularemia, Q fever and cervid theileriosis. Adult females are easily recognized by having long mouth parts and a white spot on the dorsal scutum.
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