No-see-ums and dogs
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No-see-ums and dogs

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Dumb question - sorry, I have a lot of them - but are traditional HW/flea/tick meds (like Revolution) also effective for no-see-ums for dogs? Or is that even a problem for dogs? Are intestinal parasites (like hookworms and whipworms) a problem like they are here in the south? Wanting to make sure the canines are on the appropriate meds before they become Island Dogs.

Thanks for all your help - my husband and I will be there on STX on Monday for a week and look forward to meeting many of you that have been so kind to us - husband will be moving down the 1st or 2nd week of July. We can't wait to be a part of your community!

Becky R

Posted : June 9, 2005 1:30 am
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Hello Becky,

I don't know about the effect of the traditional meds on no-see-ums or whether its an issue. I haven't had a dog in many many years and I don't recall no-see-ums being an issue... but then again we never took the dogs to the beach that I can remember and didn't have no-see-ums around the house. Hopefully someone else can help out with that information.

You will want to use flea/tick meds to prevent tick problems, which can be a problem here (tick fever). Intestinal parasites also should be protected against.

Where are all the dog owners?


Posted : June 9, 2005 7:44 pm
(@Manny (Dr. D))
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I am new on the island but have been volunteering some time with the local animal shelter on STX. Have also met 2 of the vets here, Dr. Hess and Dr. Casey, great vets!! Ticks are probably your biggest problem. I dipped mine the used Frontline. Parasites can be a problem, depending on what other animals are around yours. Heart worm is evident here and I am getting my dogs on that medication.

Posted : June 10, 2005 11:22 am
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Good morning,
Fleas, ticks, heartworms are all problems here as much as in the southern portion of the states. The warm, moist weather helps them breed. You will want to use Frontline (works fine) for the ticks and fleas as well as whatever you prefer for heartworms. Just a little trick though, if you sprinkle the dog food with brewer's yeast the fleas don't bother the animal so much. Works for cats also. The puppy hasn't been bothered by no-see-ums but is may be where we are living now. The large (and furry) dog we had on the east end was annoyed with them but they didn't see to really bother her too much. Enjoy!

Posted : June 10, 2005 1:24 pm
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i use revolution for the dogs-covers heartworm, ticks, fleas, ear mites, & mange. it's a topical treatment applied once/mos. also, i take my dogs to the beach several times daily & the no-seems/sand flies don't seem to bite them.

Posted : June 11, 2005 11:12 am
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Thanks - exactly the info I needed - they're already on Revolution, just wanted to make sure we wouldn't be dealing with new critters!

Becky R

Posted : June 11, 2005 11:34 pm
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