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We got home from the park today and I gave Bandit a bath and found a huge white tick on his ear. At first I wasnt' sure what it was but then I seen the little black legs. EWWW! It has been freezing here this week so I wasnt' really worried about ticks. I thought that the cold weather would kill them. My husband picked it off with tweezers and then while looking at it dropped it on the floor!!! We searched forever and couldn't find it, so I vacuumed like a maniac and we changed our clothes again. I use advantix and also like to do an occasional apple cider vinegar rinse after bathing and a dab of lavendar because I have heard that it repels ticks. Anything I should look out for in regards to diseases?? Bandit is 14 weeks old.
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As a Lyme patient I am a admittedly a bit crazy when it comes to ticks. If it were me and I found a white bloated tick, which means it had been feeding for some time, I would ask my vet for a month of abx as a prophylactic. If you want to wait and see, pretty much anything out of the usual with you pup would warrant a mention of the tick and testing for Lyme and co infections. Lyme is the great imitator and any number of symptoms can be caused by it.

As far as you and your family go the same applies.




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Oh I know how gross ticks are. Timmy got a TON of ticks when he was just a small pup and that was last January so yes, at least in the mid atlantic states they are out all year round. I finally resigned myself to starting Advantix and things have been great. I did have Timmy tested to Lyme this past summer when his groomer said he seemed to be stiff and reluctant to move his legs, it came out negative. I'm not sure where you guys are but you might want to consider a topical flea/tick preventative Timmy started sometime in March I think so he would have been about 4 or 5 months old.

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Maya had one a few month ago that was completely engorged. I have no idea where she got it. I also thought it was too cold for her to pick them up living in Cleveland during the winter months.
I put bacitrin on May's ear for about a week. Closely monitor you pups eating for the months. If he loses his appetite, take him to the vet. I guess you are supposed to put the tick in rubbing alcohol after you remove it. Only way to truly kill it.
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If you have the tick you can send it to your county extension agency for analysis. They are keeping data on Lyme disease in order to track it's progress.
Without the tick you have to be proactive or wait for symptoms.
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I found this searching for testing tick for Lyme disease.

How do I send the Tick for testing?

The tick can be alive or dead for PCR testing.
Place the tick in a small plastic bottle or sealed plastic bag and enclose in an envelope or package suitable for shipping.
ASI recommends sending the tick by FedEx/UPS or US Mail.
Send the tick with your name, email address, phone number (with area code), mailing address and prepayment to:
Ship or Mail to:

TICK TESTING
Analytical Services, Inc.
130 Allen Brook Lane
Williston, VT 05495
How much does tick testing cost?
The cost is $65.00 per tick. You may pay by credit card (include your card number and expiration date), personal or bank check. Ticks will not be processed without prepayment. Generally, insurance companies do not cover tick testing. Complete and enclose the attached order form in the package.
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I'd like to think that I'm not squeamish, but there's something about ticks that get the best of me.

he's so young, I'd fess up to the vet, and see what they say... I'm inclined to wait and see.

I didn't know ticks could be white. ick!
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If it was "huge" and "white", it had been there for days, so it didn't come from the trip to the park the same day you found it.
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