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First a big hello to those I "know" and those who remember me/us, and hello to those who have joined since I last visited. Gracie is doing well and I am hoping the same for all of you.

With the return (finally!) of warmer weather, so too will come the fleas and the ticks and my annual quest for a product that will work and not make me too terribly alarmed about the idea of putting poison onto or into my pooch. My recent trip to the vet ended with a purchase of Nexgard, which is Merial's (maker of Frontline and Heartgard) latest new product and the first ever consumable, systemic tick treatment. I have googled it to death and did not come up with very many terrifying stories, but as I said, it is new. There are two things that I would love to get y'alls opinion on . . . 

1. Does anybody have any experience with this product

2. I just noticed the package says for 60.1 lbs. to 121 lbs. - Gracie is 62 lbs. and I am now leaning toward exchanging this package for the 24 - 60 lb. tablets. I find it hard to believe that 2 more lbs. is going to make the difference between it working and not working, and I am not excited about the idea of giving her a dose that is good for a dog twice her weight.

I look forward to hearing any/all of your thoughts; I always respect your ideas; and I thank you in advance :)

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Comment by CJ, Gracie, and Quinn on April 26, 2014 at 11:57am

Hello Christine - Welcome and congratulations on your new little girl! I tried Vectra 3D two summers ago when it first came out. My vet recommended it and still does (she uses it for her own dogs). I tried two applications and both times Gracie chewed her feet aggressively for a period of time beginning shortly after the applications. My vet and I agreed that she was slightly allergic and so I stopped using it. If that hadn't happened, I would likely still be using it. We unfortunately have to use something, your vet is correct about the resistance, and I would say that if Darcy is doing well on the Vectra to stick with it. Hope this helps :)

Comment by Christine and Darcy on April 26, 2014 at 11:14am

Hello. I'm new here. Nice to meet you. I'm Christine, and my puppy is Darcy. She's just 11 weeks tomorrow, and at our first vet visit we got Vectra 3D for fleas, ticks and mosquitos. It is a topical. I hope nobody has horror stories on it. I applied it a week ago and she had no reaction. The vet said that fleas and ticks had started to develop resistance to the more popular products, and Vectra was new. Also, the pests are repelled without biting the dog. Has anyone here tried Vectra 3D, and have any positive or negative experience to share? I don't want to hurt my little Darcy. 

Comment by CJ, Gracie, and Quinn on April 26, 2014 at 8:07am

AH! Great point Jan! I was about 99% convinced that I want to swap down, and that clinches it. I would guess that Gracie has less than 2 lbs of hair right now, but take the hair out and that brings her even closer to the mark. 

Comment by Jan, Lily & Nessy on April 26, 2014 at 12:01am

How much of that 62 pounds is hair?!?

I always shave my dogs down before going to the Vet for prescriptions such as heartworm & flea/tick meds, because a couple of pounds of hair could make all the difference.  Just My Opinion. ;)

Comment by CJ, Gracie, and Quinn on April 24, 2014 at 11:22pm

Thanks Dianne - I was thinking the same thing about giving the lower dose a try. I figure I can keep a close eye out for ticks and see how it goes. I would love to hear an update down the road, and I'm thinking the rest of the doodle community could use the info. too.

Comment by Dianne and Dulcie on April 23, 2014 at 10:28pm

I just gave Dulcie her first dose of Nexgard last week (She is on the 24-60 lbs. and weighs 37 lbs.).  She is on Advantage Multi for heartworms, fleas and internal parasites, but we needed something for ticks and this is what the vet recommended.  The only thing I have noticed is some intense scratching, but that could be from allergy season.  I agree with you on the dose - don't think that 2 lbs. would make a big difference and you can always scale up later if you don't see control.   I haven't seen any ticks or fleas on Dulcie yet, but our tick season is just beginning.  So far so good anyway - will let you know how things progress!

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