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TICKS in the SNOW!!!!

I just pulled a tick off of Cash! and we have SNOW on the ground! They get their FRONTLINE every month all year round. What freaked me out was this one was gray and bloated-- like it had been feeding. I've never pulled one off like that before usually I can still see their squirmy little legs and they are brown or black, usually they are not even attached. this is what it looked like---YUCK!

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So WARNING: all it takes is a tiny warm spell for them to come out. keep your babies protected.

I know I have advised others to start a prophylactic course of doxycyline... but now that it has happened to me...I am wondering if I should? what do you think?




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Ouch!!!! I would be surprised to find one on my girls this time of year. That is almost scary for you to still have them that far north.

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Wow, I guess I'm doing the right thing by giving the frontline year round! That's true though, one warm spell and they come out in numbers! I wouldn't worry about the antibiotics. If he gets Lyme, he will have symptoms and it's curable in dogs. I think that's a wood tick anyway. Doesn't look like a deer tick.





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That is so yucky!!!

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That's not a deer tick, so starting Doxy would not make sense, and you sure don't want to give an antibiotic if you don't need it.

I've seen dozens of these grey ones, thin before they've eaten or fat with blood, on my dogs in Florida, no matter what you put on them. The Frontline/Revolution/whatever products are never a guarantee you won't see a tick.

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Frontline doesn't kill ticks for 24 hours or so. It takes 48 hours (or something like that) for them to get Lyme from a tick. So even though you see one filled with blood (yuck), they wouldn't be able to get lyme. Yucky!!!


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That's not a deer tick, so starting Doxy would not make sense, and you sure don't want to give an antibiotic if you don't need it.

I've seen dozens of these grey ones, thin before they've eaten or fat with blood, on my dogs in Florida, no matter what you put on them. The Frontline/Revolution/whatever products are never a guarantee you won't see a tick.
I actually found it interesting that once they attach they shed their hard shells and that is why they are gray. but yes it isn't really gorged.

I just worry because of what Cash went through when he was just 1-- and they thought it was probably tick borne. I may up his dose of Frontline. He is just over the 22 lbs of the Orange at 22.8lbs. I had him on the higher blue box over the spring and summer but thought he would be ok over the winter with a lesser dose.

oh and actually the web page said that was a deer tick albeit swollen.




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I didn't thing ticks were alive in the cold weather...boy that is a ugly thing, glad you found it.
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I just pulled a tick off of Cash! and we have SNOW on the ground! They get their FRONTLINE every month all year round. What freaked me out was this one was gray and bloated-- like it had been feeding. I've never pulled one off like that before usually I can still see their squirmy little legs and they are brown or black, usually they are not even attached.

So WARNING: all it takes is a tiny warm spell for them to come out. keep your babies protected.

I know I have advised others to start a prophylactic course of doxycyline... but now that it has happened to me...I am wondering if I should? what do you think?
I've pulled two off Kodi in the last week too... one right after the snow we had a few days ago, and one today. In both cases, the ground was snow-covered. All I can think is that the tick is on dried foliage sticking through the snow, then wakes up when it gets in the warm house.

As far as Doxy is concerned... If I gave Kodi Doxy every time he's had a tick bite this fall, he would have been on it most of the fall! The Advantix did work better than th Frontline (which seemed little better than useless) but still didn't completely stop them. There are two thinga that makes me feel a bit better. First is that MOST of the ticks I've seen have been normal wood ticks, not deer ticks. Second, my understanding is that the tick needs to be attached for at least 24 hours to transmit disease. I am always running my hands all over him, and he gets thoroughly groomed at least once a day. So I know the ticks aren't on him for very long.

But I agree, I was completely astounded when he came in out of the snow with ticks!!!


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We don't have ticks here, but I found fleas on Kodi the past few days. You got snow in MA today, but we just got pouring rain. By mid-afternoon, the sun was shining and it was 52.


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