I have two questions I've been pondering and researching for the past few weeks, and I'm hoping to get some insight for you, my lovely viewers. One is a fun - albeit incredibly expensive - topic and the other isn't quite as enjoyable. We'll get to the not-so-fun part first.
Nola has been on Comfortis, which is an oral flea preventative, since late last summer. It's been working incredibly - until now, that is. If you don't know, Nola is allergic to fleas (in addition to several foods), so flea prevention is a year round problem and issue for us. We're also in Florida, so you can imagine the fun in that! That's why I was so excited, and consequently so disappointed, with Comfortis. It worked so flawlessly up until about two months ago that Nola had no scratching, no bumps, and not a single flea. Now I've seen 4 fleas feeding on her and she's almost constantly itching. If she didn't have flea allergies, I probably wouldn't even be able to tell that Comfortis' effectiveness has waned. Alas, it only takes one flea bite to set off a reaction in an allergic dog. :(
I probably won't take her off the Comfortis for several reasons. First, it's working for the most part, i.e. keeping away an infestation or even a mild case of fleas. Two, there's no nasty topical that sits on her sensitive skin and gets all over the house. Third, there's no issue of it washing off.
I'm looking into using essential oils to help keep away the few fleas the Comfortis isn't getting. From what I've read, it seems to be the safest and most effective way to take care of a problem such as ours. I'll also be getting some brewer's yeast (no garlic; she's too small to take the minimal risk of giving it) and possibly some diatomaceous earth and seeing if that does anything. I sound like such a hippie, but I've exhausted the conventional/traditional methods so what the hell. Has anyone used things like this with their dog? How did it work? Is there anything you'd suggest doing?
And now for the better topic: I'm saving for a new camera and lens! I've loved my Nikon D3100, but it has several glitches that I've been struggling with the past 10 months or so, and I've finally decided to bite the bullet and get something new. I'm already set on the lens I'll get (35mm f/1.8 Nikkor), but I'm not sure on the body. I want to stick with Nikon, since I already have one Nikkor lens, I'm familiar with shooting on them and they feel better in my hands. I'm thinking either the D3200, D7000/7100 and D5300. Also looked a bit into the D90. What do you shoot with, and for any other photo enthusiasts, what would you suggest and why?