|My boy, Sammi|
|Ripley (and Cookie in the background)|
UPDATE ... April 2013: I got mixed results with these flea and tick tags. Later last summer, the tick population exploded. Two of my dogs who were wearing the tags repeatedly became infested with deer ticks. The other two wearing the tags didn't get nearly as many ticks on them. A lot of the ticks attached themselves, although it seemed that most of the little pests were still crawling away from the dogs (and onto me!).
I never had any problem with fleas, but don't know if that was due to the tags or the possibility that the flea population was low last summer. The whole summer, I saw only a couple of fleas on one of my dogs, but only on one occasion. She and the rest of the dogs were flea-free the rest of the summer. She was wearing one of the flea and tick tags.
So after the ticks got really bad, and I got tired of them crawling onto me, I gave in and treated the dogs with some generic Frontline drops. And although the tags definitely seem to have some repellent properties, from my experience, they work only on some dogs and don't seem to work well during periods of heavy infestation.
A little less than a year after I bought the tags, I decided to ask for a refund on all four tags. If I didn't live out in a rural area and if I didn't frequently take my dogs out on hikes in the woods, I would have kept the tags through another summer to get a better idea of their effectiveness.
I had no problem getting a full refund from Only Natural Pet Store (minus shipping charges, of course). It took about 3 or 4 weeks from the time I mailed the tags back until I got my refund check in the mail.
Another Update ... July 2013: I never did find another natural product that I was willing to try, so have been using a "generic" alternative to Frontline because I know it works.
If you'd like to know more about it, I just added a post with information about Sentry Fiproguard, a great and affordable alternative to Frontline, along with prices and purchase options. I also have it for cats, and, as always, shipping is free. Just click on the link above, or HERE.
By the way, I'd love to hear from anybody who's had good results from any natural flea and tick product in the past. Please feel free to leave a comment.