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post #1 of 35 (permalink) Old 06-07-2008, 12:19 PM Thread Starter
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Tick Bite

I believe Pablo's been bit by a tick on his belly.Last night I noticed a bump with a dot in the center surrounded by a red ring. He's on Frontline Plus and there's no way the tick has stayed on him longer than 24 hours, because I brush him every evening and his belly area is not only white haired but also cut short, so very easy to see. Today the actual bite location in the center is easily visible.
I suspect it was a tick bite because the circular rash looks like what we see in human tick bites called Erythema Migrans. I could be wrong though.

My question: do I need to take him to the Vet to get some antibiotics?

I know it takes a couple of days of tick attachment to increase the risk of tick borne disease. He doesn't show any signs, but it would be too early for signs anyway. It creeps me out to see it on his cute pink belly skin.

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I would call the vet to just see what they say.. Who knows what bit him? Ever since seeing that spider bite puppy, I get freaked out!

Hope Pablo is ok!

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Aww poor Pablo and his perfect tummy. I would call your vet and see what they say. Hopefully it's nothing to worry about!
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Thanks guys, it looks like the redness is decreasing. Guess what, I also found 2 little motile larvae on his coat far away from his anus though. I'm so close to Oh and of course it has to be on a Saturday when our Vet closes early. *ARGH* DH put the nasty little larva in a zip loc to take it to the Vet on Monday. I haven't seen ANY of those larvae or anything similar in Pablo's feces, wonder if it's just something he scooped off the grass and shrubs he's constantly in?

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Yikes! That is scary. I hope the little guy is ok. {{hugs}} for you and Pablo. Pests isn't something I considered when taking on a black dog, but maybe I should have thought about how hard it would be to see a buggie!!

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Thanks guys, it looks like the redness is decreasing. Guess what, I also found 2 little motile larvae on his coat far away from his anus though. I'm so close to Oh and of course it has to be on a Saturday when our Vet closes early. *ARGH* DH put the nasty little larva in a zip loc to take it to the Vet on Monday. I haven't seen ANY of those larvae or anything similar in Pablo's feces, wonder if it's just something he scooped off the grass and shrubs he's constantly in?
Is this hookworm?

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Maryam, if you even suspect a tick bite I would absolutely insist on 30 days of Doxicylcine for pablo. And don't bother doing a titer... he won't show antibodies until later--- What can it really hurt in the long run. After what we went through with Cash I wouldn't take a chance. I was told that his tick bite (if it was) could have occurred months before he got sick. As you know the faster treatment happens after the bite the less chance of complications. Of course you know all this. It was just really scary to watch Cash go down hill so quickly.

What do you think the larvae are? worms?




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How scary Maryam, give Pablo some love from us and keep us updated on what the vet says Monday.

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Maryam,
One year I pulled 13 ticks off of Quincy and he was on flea/tick meds---that being said--after I pulled the ticks off,nothing looked like what you posted in the picture. What is left is just a little red mark where the tick was,no swelling etc. In fact,it looks most like a pimple,but not raised. This looks like something else to me-----

Please keep us updated.

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