RE: TICK REMOVAL
Can also use a dab of vaseline. Cover the tick with it, wait a minute, and pull it out.
Just a heads up for those of you with dogs that hunt, my lab Hank was diagnosed with Lyme Disease Friday. I use Advantix year round too. If you're pulling ticks off of your dog with regularity, especially if they're embedded, be on the lookout for lethargy, decreased appetite and stiffness. He wasn't acting right for about a week, and I had taken ticks off of him in early October, so I took him to the vet on suspicion of this.
Vet also said that he recommends Frontline over Advantix for dogs who spend much time in water, so I'll be switching. Apparently, Advantix washes off rather easily.
Another thing he told me that I didn't know is that ticks don't die with cold weather. They slow down and aren't as active, but just one warm day can fire them back up. Keep treating your dogs year round, and inspecting yourselves.