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I have been paying 16.00 a month for advantage for each animal( I have two) there must be a cheaper way.

My response must be filtered through your eyes, since so much is dependent upon what environment your pets are exposed to.

I live in NYC, and my dog is only walked on 'groomed' (cut weekly) grass. Advantage works for 3 months on fleas, but only 1 month for ticks. Since I never take my dog anywhere that ticks are, I usually only use the advantage every 3 mos, or every other month. I skip Jan and Feb entirely unless it is a very warm winter.

Just recently I told my vet I was doing this. He saw nothing wrong with it except that he suggested I use it every month only in the spring.

I saw from your profile that you are in NY, but I don't know what environment your pets are subject to. I once had a dog pick up a tick at a little league game on Long Island, where the grass around the side of the field was a little long.

In short, if they're indoor pets, or only exposed to well-manicured lawns, you could almost certainly get away with usage every other month, but if even just one is allowed to roam outside at will, once a month is probably mandatory for both.

Having lived in Florida I found that flea collars, powders, sprays or the less expensive 'pet shop' treatments are totally ineffective.

And what are others feeding their dogs and cats that don't cost so much. Thanks.

I never feed my dog canned food because it is more expensive and completely unnecessary. A good dry food like Iams or Eukanuba have just about all the nutrition any pet needs. I stay away from the 'grocery store' brands like Purina, etc., because they are just not as good (I've been told by both vets and pro trainers and breeders). I have also tried pricier foods like Science Diet and other 'organic' brands and noticed absolutely no difference in my dog's health.

My dog has been prone to intestinal problems, so I give her a heaping tablespoon of plain yogurt mixed with her dry Eukanuba at the suggestion of my vet--that's all she gets (except for plain old biscuits as treats :-).


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