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Ticks strike again...

Pixel and Panda had their physicals last week, and both came back with titers for Anaplasmosis. (another of the more common TBD in our area) Unlike Lyme, I guess they can't get an exact number count on an Anaplasmosis titer. So they are running a CBC on both of them. They tell me they can tell if there is an active infection or just "exposure" from the CBC. Fortunately, neither one has any symptoms of illness... they both seem perfectly healthy. (knock on wood!)

Pixel had Lyme last year, (treated for it) so she will likely have a Lyme titer for life. But her titer numbers are low, showing that she no longer has an active Lyme infection.

I'm really frustrated, because I am really careful about ticks, and last year, when we had a really HORRIBLE 6 - 8 weeks of ticks during the summer, I completely avoided walking them except on paved streets and sidewalks. So much fun. I HATE ticks!!!


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Ugh.

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That is wretched, Karen, being captive in your home to avoid the ticks. And, still, they apparently got an infection somehow in spite of you extreme care with them.

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Yep.

They are in good company. In our area, 60% of dogs seroconvert for a TBD before their 3rd birthday. So Pixel and Panda are right in the average range, Kodi was 8 when he got a positive titer for Babesiosis, and it was a low enough titer that he didn't need antibiotics. His system fought it off and he never got sick.

The really scary thing is that we KNOW this happens for dogs, and we take it really seriously. Eith people, if you don't have a bullseye rash and a fever, it's hard to get a doctor to treat you, and that's JUST for Lyme. People can get all the other co-infections too.


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I’m so sorry Karen. I too hate ticks! It is fear of them and the diseases they carry that keep me from taking the dogs out for walks through wooded areas. I don’t like putting chemicals on the dogs so instead I tend to keep them isolated which I also hate!


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Im so sorry Karen. I too hate ticks! It is fear of them and the diseases they carry that keep me from taking the dogs out for walks through wooded areas. I dont like putting chemicals on the dogs so instead I tend to keep them isolated which I also hate!
I hate the chemicals too, but since they have even picked them up in our back yard, I do use them when the ticks are bad. They all got a dose last week.


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Scarlett had several ticks last year that were on her for a while. Having had Lyme disease twice and knowing it came from being in my own yard always has me on edge. Her titer came back clear. We sprayed our yard twice last year with Wondercide which definitely cut down the tick population. I don't like to use chemicals so I have to remember to spray the dogs with Kin and Kind or Vetri science. I really thought the freezing cold winter would help but we've been finding ticks since February. Lovely.



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Scarlett had several ticks last year that were on her for a while. Having had Lyme disease twice and knowing it came from being in my own yard always has me on edge. Her titer came back clear. We sprayed our yard twice last year with Wondercide which definitely cut down the tick population. I don't like to use chemicals so I have to remember to spray the dogs with Kin and Kind or Vetri science. I really thought the freezing cold winter would help but we've been finding ticks since February. Lovely.
Yes, and the old idea that they have to be on the dog for 24 hours to transmit disease has also been shown not to hold true. Especially for the non-Lyme TBDs. None of my dogs have had an engorged tick on them... I go over them carefully every day. But I have occasionally found embedded ticks on them... and on us too.

It is really hard to avoid them if you live in these areas. I saw a little spot on my glasses last week, and took them off to look more carefully, and it was a tiny seed tick walking across them!!! It was pouring rain and Id been in the house all day!!! So I can only guess that it came in on one of the dogs coats, dropped off and got onto me. Fortunately THAT one never got a chance to bite anyone!!!


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Yes, and the old idea that they have to be on the dog for 24 hours to transmit disease has also been shown not to hold true. Especially for the non-Lyme TBDs. None of my dogs have had an engorged tick on them... I go over them carefully every day. But I have occasionally found embedded ticks on them... and on us too.

It is really hard to avoid them if you live in these areas. I saw a little spot on my glasses last week, and took them off to look more carefully, and it was a tiny seed tick walking across them!!! It was pouring rain and Id been in the house all day!!! So I can only guess that it came in on one of the dogs coats, dropped off and got onto me. Fortunately THAT one never got a chance to bite anyone!!!

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The ticks are especially hard to find on Willow since she is half black. My husband constantly checks for them but we have missed many. They are so wiggly which doesn't help!



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