How I Triumph Over Fleas & Ticks. Phase Two: ON the Dogs.

Recently Adopted, Suzie with her new "Big Sister", Angel
Recently Adopted, Suzie with her new “Big Sister”, Angel

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My Yard
: Three (totally dog-proof fenced) Acres of Woods!
Dogs Lifestyle: I have a Dog Door (it’s the Key To Happiness) All dogs can race in and out as they choose, and play in our Woods (except when I leave for errands. then I shut them off from the Woods; they still have the house and the Dog Door and a nice sized yard, but it’s a much smaller section)
The Number of Fleas on My Dogs: ZERO
The Number of Ticks on my Dogs: Maybe 1 or 2 per dog per year!
Amount I Spend on Flea & Tick Prevention: ABOUT TEN DOLLARS TOTAL PER MONTH

I have had lots of dogs for many years.  A long time ago manufacturers of anti-flea & tick products were using Pyrethrin, which is made from Chrysanthemums  – yeah, flowers!  It was touted as being not very toxic to most animals and humans and, obviously… very Natural.
Later, manufacturers started making it themselves (“synthesized” version) rather than squashing it out of tons of Mums; still relatively Safe & Natural, and called Permethrin.
Eventually, they started coming up with chemicals that I find scary, and these are in the Front Line, Advantix and similar products.
** Please look in THE WAGADILLY LIBRARY for documentation and lots more info.
In my opinion, this is where Dog Ownership fell prey to a lot of “Marketing” BS and got very expensive.
Many other Dog Owners followed along with whatever they were “told” to put on their dogs – like Lemmings over a fiord …. but not me!
I wanted to stick with Pyrethrins/Permethrins and I sill was able to find them in some lower-priced, less advertised Squirt-on Dog products.  ** NOTE
The Ingredient Listing on these packages would say 45% Permethrin (or Pyrethrin)

That was good, but I ALWAYS CHECK INGREDIENTS AND ALWAYS LOOK FOR A BETTER WAY.
Wow! Did I ever find it!
I used to have a 20-acre Farm and Horses (as well as lots of other rescued animals – til they got old, passed away, and I downsized… except that I still own one horse and I board him with friends)  In owning horses, I found a “Fly” control product that is a Squirt-on for horses.  Guess what the Active Ingredient is:
My good, old-fashioned Permethrin (:  and what percent?  45%the same strength as used for Dogs.  After comparing ingredients, I concluded that… IT’S THE SAME STUFF AT THE SAME STRENGTH… just packaged in much larger amounts, when it’s labeled “For Horses”.

One Package has 3 Tubes. (Each tube is to be a one-month dose for one horse).
Each Tube is 10 MLs – that is 2 Teaspoons and that’s a lot!

BOTTOM LINE: EACH SINGLE  TUBE IS ENOUGH FOR ME TO PUT THE NORMAL AMOUNT OF “SQUIRTS” ONTO ALL OF MY DOGS TO PROTECT THEM FOR ONE MONTH

THE PACKAGE HAS THREE TUBES – SO THAT’S THREE MONTHS OF COVERAGE
AND COSTS…… READY????  TWELVE DOLLARS!!  
So I get THREE Months for FOUR DOLLARS TOTAL – PER MONTH.
AND WE HAVE ZERO FLEAS AND ALMOST ZERO TICKS (and the few ticks I have ever found seemed weak and were not attached – I think the Permethrin had affected them… and you probably don’t live in woods) 

Equi-Spot Spot-On Fly Control for Horses  by Farnam

Equi-Spot Spot-On Fly Control for Horses kills and repels houseflies, stable flies, face flies, horn flies, eye gnats and ticks on horses. Also aids in the control of horse flies, deer flies, mosquitoes and black flies on horses. Waterproof and sweatproof! Each package contains 3 x 10 ml tubes. Contains 45% permethrin.
3 X 10 ml/pk  $11.95
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Here is 45% Permethrin “for Dogs”, if you prefer… still tons less money that the Frontline, Advantix, etc.
View larger image of our Freedom Spot On for Dogs Small. pet supplies kv SmallView larger image of our Freedom Spot On for Dogs Large. pet supplies kv LargeView larger image of our Freedom Spot On for Dogs X Large. pet supplies kv X Large

Freedom Spot On for Dogs  Our Price:  $6.95 – $8.49  (Priced by Size)
This exclusive, patented 45% Permethrin formula kills and repels fleas, ticks, lice, mites and mosquitoes for up to one month. In head-to-head scientific studies, Freedom outperforms Frontline in killing and repelling ticks and has similar effectiveness against fleas when compared to Advantage and Frontline. Freedom has 44% more active ingredient per cc than Bio Spot.
Size Chart:
Small: Under 33 pounds – Package contains 3 – 1.5 cc treatments
Large: 33 to 65 pounds – Package contains 3 – 2 cc treatments
X Large: Over 65 pounds – Package contains 2 – 6 cc treatments.
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WHERE DO I GET SOME?

EQUI-SPOT IS AVAILABLE AT  tractor-supply-company2

FREEDOM SPOT ON FOR DOGS IS AVAILABLE AT   HEALTHY PETS
They are also often listed in Ebay.

SO, THERE YOU GO!  ONE MORE WAY TO MAKE IT SO AFFORDABLE TO HAVE DOGS — THAT YOU CAN RUSH RIGHT OUT AND ADOPT LOTS MORE! 

HOW I TRIUMPH OVER FLEAS & TICKS: PHASE THREE – UNDER THE DOGS….. WILL BE POSTED LATER.

 

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