How easy it is to shop online? I spent the last 3 hours searching for an effective flea and tick repellant for the Duke. There are some new products on the market including an edible tick and flea repellant, but my vet doesn’t sell it and won’t prescribe it. The next time I see him, I’ll have to ask him why? I know he is a minimalist where dogs and drugs are concerned. When in doubt, he urges using the least-worst or most benign solution.
Which is why we switched from Revolution to Heartguard Plus. Duke likes this much better anyway. He hated Revolution. I think it must have burned his skin. He always acted as if we were going to beat him when we had to apply it, but he eats Heartguard like a treat.
I wanted to try Bravecto which is eaten, not applied. Duke, our weirdo dog, doesn’t like stuff on his skin. He is itchy and it’s spring. The flowers aren’t out, but the bugs are. The vet carries Frontline and it would not be my first choice. It was not, in the past, particularly good at killing ticks. Fleas, yes. Ticks, not so much. Supposedly it has improved. My next issue was where to find the best deal?
Amazon has a generic version, but it got a lot of bad reviews from people reporting allergies. It has the same active ingredients as Frontline, so what are the inactive ingredients? They will never tell you and because it’s for a dog, they don’t have to tell you.
The price for brand-name Frontline was a bit much. I wasn’t sure if their generic version was trustworthy, so I hopped over to Chewy. A sale! On the very item I needed; a generic version of FrontlinePlus on sale for about half the going rate. Hot damn!
I bought it and there was also a sale on Duke’s favorite bacon-flavored treats. I pointed to them on screen, but Duke wasn’t impressed. Before I bought it, I had already compared ingredient to ingredient on a dozen brands. I knew I had to buy something before Duke digs a whole in an ear. The stuff in Advantix is scarily poisonous. I don’t know if this is any better. Tick and flea medications are poison. You can’t kill fleas and ticks any other way, so either you feed poison to your dog or you put the poison on their skin. Pick your preferred poison. There is no other choice. Yet.
Is this easier the mall? It took as much time, but at least I got to do it sitting in a comfortable chair. It used no gasoline and I didn’t have to hunt down the items. Brick and mortar stores carry fewer products than online sites, so I had more choices. That’s probably good. It’s also easier to compare products online than in a store. I remember hoisting tons of dog food trying to figure out what was in that bag.
I started shopping online — first via catalog and eventually by website — because I couldn’t find what I wanted in shops. I didn’t reject the mall. It rejected me. They never had what I wanted. If they had it, it was the wrong size or some strange color. At least I could find my size and a style I didn’t hate faster. Also, shops long ago decided we couldn’t live without them and had reduced staffing to such low levels there was never anyone to help you. It made shopping exhausting.
Today I found what I was looking for and I didn’t have to go out in this nasty chilly rainy day. I think that’s a win for me.