Camping with a Basenji

My husband and I are taking our 6 month old Tri-color camping with us at the end of the month, our vet keeps telling us we should use some kind of flea/tick prevention. I have read a lot on different forums about the different kinds. I'm so afraid of making him sick, but on the other hand I want him protected while we are in the woods for a week. Can anybody help us with this situation?

I've just started using Neem Oil products to repel fleas and ticks. It's totally natural although not sure yet just how effective it is as I've only been using it a few days. It doesn't smell too bad and the Bs don't seem to mind it. It seems to be helping with the dreaded Scottish Midges!!! LOL!! 🙂

I've been camping with 2 Bs in a 4 man tent. I slept in one end, my husband in the other and the Bs slept in their crates in the middle. We had a great time! 🙂

I've taken my previous beasties with no problems - Gossy will be going on her first camping trip at the end of this month. I use the flea/tick medication my vet sells (can't remember the name at the moment) that you squirt between the shoulders. But I always do tick checks daily when camping before we go into the tent for the night (good thing they have such short hair).
I always keep the dog in the tent with me (too many wild animals during the night) and I usually use a child's sleeping bag or old fleece blanket for the dog to sleep on/in.

We are bringing his bed and a fleece blanket to wrap up in. Wizard, you don't remember the name of the medication. We were thinking about using Frontline. Did your B have any reaction to it?

I wouldn't go with the chemical stuff. Better go with the natural and continually check them. Bring a flea comb. I've used the flea comb daily for years and it works great.

@hamez:

My husband and I are taking our 6 month old Tri-color camping with us at the end of the month, our vet keeps telling us we should use some kind of flea/tick prevention. I have read a lot on different forums about the different kinds. I'm so afraid of making him sick, but on the other hand I want him protected while we are in the woods for a week. Can anybody help us with this situation?

This is the recipe of a herbal flea repellent taken from the "Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats" by Dr. Pitcairn :
"Combine one part each of as many of these powdered herbs as you can find:

  • eucalyptus
  • rosemary
  • fennel
  • yellow dock
  • wormwood
  • rue

Put the mixture in a jar; apply sparingly to the coat by brushing backward with your hand or the comb and sprinkling it into the base of the hairs on the neck, back and belly. Use several times a week."
It smells good and … it's natural !:D

@hamez:

We are bringing his bed and a fleece blanket to wrap up in. Wizard, you don't remember the name of the medication. We were thinking about using Frontline. Did your B have any reaction to it?

I use frontline on Tillo. Never had problems.

@Janneke:

I use frontline on Tillo. Never had problems.

+1

I'll only use it in the summer months. I just have a tough time applying it. :rolleyes:

It is a two person job for sure!

@tsjoe007:

This is the recipe of a herbal flea repellent taken from the "Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats" by Dr. Pitcairn :
"Combine one part each of as many of these powdered herbs as you can find:

  • eucalyptus
  • rosemary
  • fennel
  • yellow dock
  • wormwood
  • rue

Put the mixture in a jar; apply sparingly to the coat by brushing backward with your hand or the comb and sprinkling it into the base of the hairs on the neck, back and belly. Use several times a week."
It smells good and … it's natural !:D

What about ticks?

I too used frontline on my Basenji with no problems, i think it prevents ticks as well.
I do like the sound of natural products and would consider using them when i get another.

I alternate between Frontline and Advantix (especially when we vacation in the woods…ticks!) in the summer when insects are very bad, but I only apply it about every 6 weeks unless I see fleas...and we flea comb often. Never had any problems with it and Topper can't stand neem or anything with eucalyptus.

LOL… funny you should say that about eucalyptus... all of mine would sneeze for hours...gggg

@hamez:

What about ticks?

From what I read is his book, this herbal mixture for fleas should also be effective against ticks … Apparently they hate the smell of Eucalyptus as some commercial formulas also use it !:eek:
And ticks are not permanent residents: they suck blood and later fall off to lay their eggs. I suggest you check your animal on a daily base, also making use of a flea comb and a pair of tweezers. This should do the job.;)

Advantix is what my vet sold and we had no problems. I have also tried Biospot as that had more "natural" products in it - it worked okay too. We have the lyme ticks here (the super small ones) so I have to check carefully - even just in the backyard.

We live in Florida - have used Advantage on all our cats (we've had many through the years) and on our dogs - never have a problem. Seems to be working fine on Shaye too.

Thanks for all the help

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