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Ticks - EW!

Tim and I both thought that the other one had given Roscoe his Frontline on the 1st, but neither of us did We realized this morning when we noticed that Roscoe picked up two ticks at the dog park yesterday. Ugh, I was so disgusted. I have NEVER seen a tick before in my life and I still have the creepy crawlies from the whole situation. At first I was like "What is this Tim?! ew does Roscoe have a spider on him?" LOL

Anyway, I was able to get both of the ticks off without breaking them, and I put them in a ziploc bag in the freezer. I read that you should do this in case Roscoe gets sick, then they can test the ticks to find out what (if anything) they gave to Roscoe.

What I'm wondering is should I be worried? He has had all of his shots, but I can't help but be a paranoid humom!

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I don't worry so much about ticks. Dogs have been getting them since they were dogs and ticks were ticks. The probality of a tick born disease is pretty low unless you live with deer and then still very few people get disease. My grandchildren always get a tick or two every summer and I occassionally get one. It is really gross when you don't find them before they are stuck.
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I started Dexter back on his "Frontline TopSpot" about a week ago.

The weather is warming up in North Carolina and the fleas/ticks will be coming back. I dislike ticks and since Dexter is sleeping with us and I am constantly touching Dexter (checking for tangles and mats...and besides that...he is so soft and I can't help it)......., there will be no ticks.



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Tim and I both thought that the other one had given Roscoe his Frontline on the 1st, but neither of us did We realized this morning when we noticed that Roscoe picked up two ticks at the dog park yesterday. Ugh, I was so disgusted. I have NEVER seen a tick before in my life and I still have the creepy crawlies from the whole situation. At first I was like "What is this Tim?! ew does Roscoe have a spider on him?" LOL

Anyway, I was able to get both of the ticks off without breaking them, and I put them in a ziploc bag in the freezer. I read that you should do this in case Roscoe gets sick, then they can test the ticks to find out what (if anything) they gave to Roscoe.

What I'm wondering is should I be worried? He has had all of his shots, but I can't help but be a paranoid humom!
I forgot to answer your post.....I would not be worried.....I had a tick on me last year...I was fine. Dexter had ticks last year prior to starting his flea treatment....he was fine.



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I don't worry so much about ticks. Dogs have been getting them since they were dogs and ticks were ticks. The probality of a tick born disease is pretty low unless you live with deer and then still very few people get disease. My grandchildren always get a tick or two every summer and I occassionally get one. It is really gross when you don't find them before they are stuck.
We have a lot of deer around here, and we're in the heart of deer tick country. There are actually LOTS of cases of Lyme in this area, in dogs, people and horses. That said, my understanding is that the tick has to be ATTACHED for at least 24 hours to transmit Lyme and most other tick-borne diseases. So if you have a good preventative on them, and are checking them carefully daily, the risk is pretty low.


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I pulled the first tick of the season off of Kodi yesterday, and immediately started his Advantix!!!


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I did the same thing the first time I saw a tick on Jasper...thought it was a spider. But the good thing is if you thought it was a spider most likely it was a dog tick and not a deer tick. and yes no need to worry if it was just hanging on for a ride and not attached.

They are gross, and I hate them and use frontline plus year round. even so I pulled a tick off of Cash on a warm day in december and there was 6 inches of snow on the ground.




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Thanks for the reassurance, everyone.

Ugh, I'm still so disgusted by ticks, it makes me shudder just thinking about them

Weird that I've been an outdoorsperson my whole life (hiking, mountaineering, rock climbing, canoeing, you get the picture) and yet I had never seen a tick until that morning. God willing I will never see another one!

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I don't know if this works, but thougth I would post from an e-mail I got from a friend. I would love for some members to try this and let me know if it works.....

I had a pediatrician tell me what she believes is the best way to remove a tick. This is great, because it works in those places where it's some times difficult to get to with tweezers: between toes, in the middle of a head full of dark hair, etc. It works on humans and pets.

Apply a glob of liquid soap to a cotton ball. Cover the tick with the soap-soaked cotton ball and swab it for a few seconds (15-20), the tick will come out on its own and be stuck to the cotton ball when you lift it away. This technique has worked every time I've used it (and that was frequently, and it's much less traumatic for the patient and easier for me.


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Consider yourself lucky. We are near the the coast in east central Florida and we have had the worst tick problem I have ever seen. Our pest control people tell us many people are having bad tick problems this year.

At the height of our problem, we had ticks in the house and they had reproduced. Mojo was totally infested with ticks, covered with dozens of baby ticks, and please understand he is constantly combed and brushed so it's not like we were negligent. Things got out of control in a matter of a few days.

It is under control now, but we had the house sprayed three times, the yard sprayed six times, and I don't take him anywhere he could be exposed. He wears a tick collar and we use Vectra 3D topical now. At this point, anything that gets on him will die long before it can reproduce, and probably before it can bite.

Keep in mind that Frontline Plus no longer works for ticks. Just ask any vet or any pest control professional and they will tell you the ticks are mostly resistant to Frontline Plus. Regular Frontline does not even pretend to help with ticks; it is for fleas only.

Even now, I got stupid this past weekend and let Mojo play on the grass briefly at my sister-in-law's house one morning...I checked him later and he had picked up 6 ticks. 4 were already dead, and the other two didn't look too healthy, thanks to my having to turn my dog into a walking pesticide.

Be vigilant, particularly in south Florida this spring.

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