I had a long chat with my vet last week as during a routine check and chatting about whether I'd recognise a tick - low a behold Millie had a tick on her leg. It could only have been there a day as she'd been to the grooomers. The vet said it was a small one and she showed me how to remove it and kill it - the suggestion of using a buring cigarette, as told to me by an old boy was taken as a big no no. No surprise there then. Millie then needed a nasty antibiotic injection as it had already got infected.I use Advocate too. When I asked my vet about ticks he suggested using Advantix made by the same company. Advantix, however, covers ticks, fleas and biting insects but not, as has been mentioned, lungworm! He suggested that during the tick season I alternate between Advocate and Advantix every 2 weeks. It would be overkill on the fleas but would cover the lungworm and ticks (both rife in Surrey). I've stretched it a bit longer and do the treatment every 3 weeks. First Advocate then three weeks later Advantix, three weeks after that back to Advocate etc etc.
So far no fleas, no lungworm, no ticks.
Millie really enjoys running in long grass and we visit the New Forest loads, ticks are a real concern. Yet the vet is concerned about lung worm as it is present in Herts. So we've agreed to give her Frontline every month for the ticks and Advocate two weeks later (monthly) to cover for lung worm, which is the killer of the two.
The vet did say however that ticks are a summer/autumn thing and I can stop using Frontline in October. Will probably start it in late April/May.