21 September 2015

Review plant based pipettes for dogs Demavic Spot On

Being on a budget, I decided to buy Demavic pipettes for dogs from Zooplus for medium dogs purely based on price, the pipettes from this French company cost less than half price than the better known Advantix from Bayer. I did not read the composition of Demavic dog pipettes because I though I would not understand if the components are acceptable or not, it was when I had the pipettes home that I realised Demavic pipettes are plant based and contain botanical extracts that are supposed to keep fleas, ticks and mosquitoes away.

I have been using Demavic spot on pipettes for medium dogs 15-30kg the whole Summer and it has been an awful experience, not only my dog Away got infested with ticks, he has also been scratching and has irritated his skin forcing me to take him to the vet.

The thing is that I noticed that Away had ticks on him and instead of changing to a better pipette, since I had already bought Demavic, I decided to apply them again within the week, even though they were meant to last for a month, again, this did not work, the ticks never died.

Another side effect is that I have spend time and money washing all clothing at home so that there will be no ticks in my dog's bed or the sofa, or anywhere where Away could reinfect.
Demavic spot on dog pipettes
Demavic spot on dog pipettes

When I arrived at the vet he told me that in a way I was lucky that he could clearly see my dog Away was infested with ticks and that no further analysis would be required to learn the reason for the reddish irritated skin at the end of his tail, he could tell it was from the ticks causing that irritation and it was not dermatitis or any other skin disease requiring expensive analysis. I told my veterinarian the brand of dog pipettes I was using, he had to look them up on the Internet because he had never heard of them, the vet this in front of me and as when he saw in the ingredients that the pipettes were a plant based he told me they were rubbish.

The vet prescribed me an internal de-wormer called Drontal, and some fabulous external antiparasite tablets called "NexGuard", made by Merial. NexGuard tablets are very tasty for dogs, there is no need to force them to eat the tablet your dog will be happy to have it, within 30 minutes I observed all ticks starting to die, it is amazing how good that product is, the vet also prescribed me very expensive pipettes called "Stronghold" he said they were better than Advantix, but having had a past experience of vets trying to upsell me products so that I buy it from them and not from the Internet, I initially declined due to the extreme price of Stronghold dog pipettes, it was around €60 a packet of two or something like that. I tried to find this brand cheaper on the Internet and it has been impossible to do, it appears Stronghold only sells its products through vets.

It bugged me that this same veterinarian had recommended me Advantix pipettes in the past, which I bought over the Internet because they were cheaper than at his clinic, and he was now telling me that the only pipettes worthwhile to buy were the Stronghold brand, and very conveniently, the only place to buy this brand was at a clinic because they are not available over the Internet.

What is clear to me is that Demavic dog pipettes have proven to be very ineffective, I feel I have wasted the money and incurred extra charges in veterinarian fees plus all the trouble of having my dog Away infested with ticks, Demavic has turned out to be very expensive dog pipettes in the end, I will not make the same mistake again.

Antiparasite chewing tablets for dogs NexGard
Antiparasite chewing tablets for dogs NexGard
Since Demavic spot on pipettes are based on plant extracts, I will make sure that I never buy again pipettes based on the same ingredients.

I have returned to Advantix pipettes, double the price, but they work very well for me, not a single tick on my dog Away.

I have also noticed that Advantix dog pipettes come packaged hermetically with quality foil paper and contain more amount of product on each pipette than Demavic does, don't be fooled by tempting Demavic cheap prices, it will cost you dear. I have to say though, I use other Demavic products and they turned out to be fine, this is not a bad brand, just not for pipettes, as for the Stronghold pipettes, I have found very good reviews on the Internet about them but they are far from my price range and Advantix is fine, I have also heard good things of Frontline dog pipettes but never used them myself, they are on the same price range than Advantix.

19 September 2015

Rewarding my dog with Friskies Funtastix from Purina

The best way to train a dog to come when called, sit, stay or advanced agility games is by rewarding your best friend with his/her favourite wish when he obeys. A dog's favourite drive varies from dog to dog, police dogs for example, are rewarded with play time with a toy when they discover drugs.

If your dog doesn't care about toys, there is not much to worry about, there are two other strong drives for dogs, petting and food. My dog does not care too much about petting or toys, but food? he goes so crazy over it, so I am training him with treats on a budget.

Here goes a little trick to acquire cheap dog treats, chop them off in little pieces, in a dog's mind a treat is a reward regardless of size, if it tastes good, it is something that they want.
Friskies Funtastix dog treat cutted to pieces
Friskies Funtastix dog treat cutted to pieces
Purina, a Nestle brand, sells these packets called Friskies Funstatix, I always cut the long sticks in pieces so that instead of 12 treats I have 120 treats, I carry them with me in a small pouch and if my dog Away does well on the street I give him one reward, if he does very well, I give him two or three rewards (3 pieces of chopped Funstatix), this way a small pouch of Funstatix lasts me the whole month. I also use these treats to make bathing and brush time fun for my dog and keep his mind off anxiety or boredom during those activities.

The price is affordable but be warned that Friskies Funstatix treats smells very strong and this kinf od artificial bacon smell is passed onto your hand if you are in contact with the treats for a long time like it will happen if you use them daily.

Another tip I will give you is that, as you can imagine, human food is far better than dog food, my dog will do anything for real fried chicken pieces, that is the top reward he gets, the downside to this is that, besides price, freshly cooked chicken is a perishable product that has to be eaten within a few days and it is also oily, this is the main reason why I use dried dog treats instead of the real deal, as long as you don't mind Friskies Funstastix in your hands and pockets, it is fine but if you usually wear nice clothes, I would not use it, I think that the smell is an overkill.