Like mosquitoes, fleas and ticks have been around for millions of years and are part of the environment. Most pet owners now accept that fleas and ticks are ‘necessary evil’ their pets have to endure. You cannot eliminate them but you can certainly control them. Most pet owners use one or the other brand of flea and tick preventative (mostly topical spot-on treatments applied once a month) now easily available over-the-counter. However, topical spot-on medicines could be a costly affair especially if you…
Own more than one pet,
Manage an animal shelter, or
Work as an animal rescuer
Multiply the cost of a single monthly dose with the number of animals at your home/shelter and then calculate the overall yearly cost. You will know these treatments eat up a substantial amount of funds allocated for pets.
Now if you are using Frontline Plus or Advantage II for Dogs, here are two useful tips on how to save money on these medications. The second tip may seem odd yet is practicable and may save you hundreds of dollars (It does not work with every flea and tick medication though).
Do not buy Frontline Plus or Advantage II from your vet or even retails pet shops. Buy only from online sources such as eBay or Amazon. You may find a marked difference in prices. For example, a 6-pack Frontline Plus box (0-22 lbs) costs approximately $82 online pet supplies store while $61 on Amazon and $43 on eBay (all current prices and subject to change). You may also find Frontline Plus Coupons on many sites which you can redeem on future buys (please confirm the veracity of such coupons before buying). You may find similar difference in Advantage II prices. Moreover, always verify whether quoted rates cover free shipping or not.
This may sound odd but here is smart way of saving a lot on flea and tick treatment. It works like this:
Compare current eBay prices:
Cost of Frontline Plus 6-pack small dogs (0-22): $43 = $7 per vial; each vial 0.67 ml total 4.02 ml. Effective cost per ml = $ 11 (43/4.02); makes 6 doses.
Cost of Frontline Plus 6-pack extra large dogs (89-132): $54 = $9 per vial; each vial 4.02 ml total 24.12 ml. Effective cost per ml = 2.25 (54/24.12). Moreover, you may find a 12-pack box at much discounted price further reducing your per ml cost.
All you will need is a clean glass bottle and a syringe. Buy 6-pack extra large dogs and empty all vials in the bottle. This will make:
36 doses for small dogs (24.12 ml / 0.67 ml recommended dose)
18 doses for medium dogs (24.12 ml / 1.34 ml recommended dose)
At the time of application, draw the recommended dose with the syringe and apply on your pet. For exact dosing, mark the syringe at appropriate levels (0.67 or 1.34) and clean it after each use.
While looking for money saving tips, don’t forget to check our rates: Frontline plus for small dogs
Over ten million Americans suffer from some sort of a pet allergy. Many people experience itching, rashes and/or coughing and sneezing fits every time they go near a dog. However, if you are a dog lover but suffer from allergies, there are many steps you can take so you can breathe easy with a dog in your home.
Canine hygiene and care factors
Firstly, your dog’s diet may be negatively affecting his skin and should include some natural fat. This fat helps to make your dog’s skin less dry, resulting in less shedding. Talk to your vet for his recommendation on which food is best for this.
It is recommended to brush your dog daily, no matter whether his coat is long, short, wiry or soft. If you suffer from allergies, depending on the severity, you may need to give another family member the responsibility of brushing the dog. If the weather permits it, the dog should be brushed outdoors so the loose hair and dander does not settle in your home. If you live alone with your dog and are unable to groom him safely, consider taking him to a professional groomer. You could wear a dust mask and gloves for brushing him in between grooming visits.
Bathe your dog often with a quality dog shampoo, between 6 to 8 weeks is ideal. Washing your dog more frequently than 6 to 8 weeks may damage his skin and coat, so it isn’t normally advised. If your allergies can’t handle the bathing, have another family member be responsible for giving baths.
Wash your hands with soap and hot water after handling your dog. If you are unable to wash your hands right away, avoid touching your face with your hands.
Reducing allergy irritants in the home
Wash your dog’s bed, blankets, and toys on a weekly basis either by hand with a safe soap or in the washing machine. This is an absolute must as these items will be holding the saliva, dander and loose fur that is irritating your body.
Dust regularly before vacuuming and use a damp cloth to wipe down surfaces such as tables, counters, shelves, wall hangings, lamps and window sills. If necessary, wear a dust mask as you clean.
Make sure your vacuum cleaner has a HEPA (High Efficiency Particle Air) filtration system. This type of system will help pull up and trap more of your dog’s dander from the floor. Vacuuming is recommended instead of sweeping because sweeping will stir the dander into the air. Even if you use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filtration system, it is beneficial to have your carpets steam-cleaned throughout the year. Try to have this done at least four times per annum, depending on the severity of your allergies.
Using an air purifier that contains a HEPA system will help eliminate dander in the air, therefore lessening your allergies.
It is advisable to not allow your dog in the bedroom, as this can have a large impact on your allergies. Keep the door closed at all times and your dog’s bed away from the doorway.
Best breeds for allergy sufferers
The following breeds typically produce less dander and therefore reduce allergic reactions:
- Airedale terrier
- Bedlington terrier
- Bichon frise
- Boston Terrier
- Chinese crested
- Irish water spaniel
- Italian greyhound
- Kerry blue terrier
- Old English Sheepdog
- Portuguese water dog
- Shih tzu
- Tibetan terrier
- Wire-haired fox terrier
- Xoloitzcuintli (aka Mexican hairless)
Most dog owners will inevitably come across the situation where they have to give their dog medication to treat a condition during the dog’s life.
As with their human counterparts, most dogs naturally dislike being forced to swallow any type of medication, so what is the best way to give a dog an oral treatment?
We’ve come up with six ways to accomplish the sometimes difficult task of getting your pooch to take their medication, without the fear of getting snapped at by your dog:
1. Inserting into the mouth by hand
This is the quickest method of administering oral tablets to dogs. Tilt your dog’s head upwards and insert you thumb and index finger behind the upper jaw behind the canine teeth, which will cause your dog’s mouth to open. This will allow you to insert the tablet into the back of its mouth as far as possible.
Then remove your fingers and hold your dog’s mouth closed for a few moments and blow on its nose which will force it to swallow in response. However, blowing on its nose is unpleasant, so do not do this on more agressive dogs.
2. Hidden in food or treat
The easiest way of giving tablets to dogs is in their food. Most dogs will not realise the medication has been hidden discretely within their dog food and will happily eat it.
In some cases you may be able to crush the tablet and then add it to the food, however check with your vet as some medications are less effective when crushed. Try hiding the tablet inside your dog’s favourite snack, or dip it inside honey, peanut butter, or any food that will coat the tablet in a delicious taste.
3. Use a ‘Dog Piller’
A device used to administer tablets and capsules, and designed by veterinarians, this is an ideal way to give your dog the medication it needs, as well as protecting your fingers from being bitten by an aggressive dog!
Available at most major pet stores, the pet piller (or pill popper) is a plastic plunger with a soft rubber tip that makes giving oral medications a breeze. Place the tablet inside the tip and place the plunger into your dog’s mouth, push the plunger and the tablet will drop to the back of its mouth.
Similar to giving medication by hand, hold your dog’s mouth closed for a few seconds until the dog swallows the tablet.
4. Pill Pockets
Pill Pockets are a tasty treat that have a built-in pouch that’s perfect for hiding tablets and medications. The pocket masks the medicine, making it an easy and stress-free way of giving tablets to dogs. They come in a range of flavors to choose from.
Some are also an excellent source of vitamins to complement the medication to promote a healthy immune system.
5. Liquid Medication
If you need to administer medication in liquid form, you’ll find this is slightly easier than tablets or capsules. To do this pull the dog’s front lower lip away from its teeth to form a cavity where you can squirt the liquid medication into.
As with solid medication, ensure that you hold your dog’s mouth closed for a few seconds so that it spreads into the mouth.
Check with your veterinarian to see whether the liquid medication is suitable for adding to your dog’s food.
After you’ve administered the medication, reward your dog with a small treat. This will create a positive association between giving them medication and receiving a treat.
As with all pet medication or health treatments, ensure that you follow the directions and instructions printed on the label of the product.