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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-08-2013, 08:04 PM Thread Starter
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Ticks and ticks

I give Lucky his tick medicine faithfully and ticks that I find and remove from him are dead (although one today was walking on his back) and the vet says not to worry they can't hurt him BUT every time he goes outside (we are in the country with plenty of deer) there are a few ticks on his head and only on his head. I'm not that great at removing; sometimes I get them all; other times they become hard scabs that i think I shouldn't pull out. BUT what's happening here? Should I put some medicine on his head? I do it between the shoulder blades. It really worries me and the hard scabs of half ticks feel awful. Any suggestions? My son said Advantix was better than Frontline which we use, but I heard Advantix kills cats so I thought well, no. Would love to hear from the wisdom of the forum. thank you

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I'm not sqeemish (sp), but there's something about ticks that seriously gross me out.
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Our vet confirmed that Advantix is poisonous for cats so would definitely steer clear. Can't advise about the scabs. Maybe call your vets office for advice.
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We have tons of ticks here too. I find also that when Tim has a tick, which is usually dead it's on his head too, that's where they seem to gravitate. I would not change the location of where the instructions say to put the preventative. I use Advantix II, it's the only thing that works in my area, and it does a great job, I also have two cats. I spoke to my cat's vet about the use of Advantix and she suggested that I apply at night so Tim can go to sleep in one spot, and it should be fine. The most dangerous aspect of Advantix is the actual ingestion of the chemicals while they are wet or actual application on the cat, duh. Tim and my cats have very little interaction they run away from him. If you have cats and they sleep with Lucky, or share the same bed, groom each other etc... I would have concern using Advantix. My cat's vet said as long as they don't get near each other for about twelve hours, don't groom each other, or sleep in the same areas we should be fine. When I do find a tick on Tim I apply rubbing alcohol a few times whether I feel I got it all or not and we haven't had any problems. I will say however that if I go longer then four weeks for application I will find ticks on him. I will wait until the first freeze and see if I can go six weeks between dosage, and I hope I won't have to worry about this with Mae at least until the Spring, or I will have to speak to Laurie about what she uses for tick treatment on her property. I love mild winters but I hate seeing ticks in January and February

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I LOVED advantix but it was too harsh for my boys. They broke out in a rash and fred was acting nuts on it. I use frontline along with the preventic collar. The collars repel ticks. In the spring I found a few ticks on the dogs, but since then I haven't found any. The spring seems to be the worst for me. I also hike my dogs so to not find many ticks is pretty incredible. I wonder if the ticks will get bad again now that the weather is cool. Does anyone know?





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I hate hate hate those nasty things also!!! Yuck, and how dare they!!

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Thanks all. The scabs which I really fear are tick heads that I didn't get out...seem to be healing and even come off with combing. The vet says the big thing is that because of the meds etc. the ticks are dead and can't harm him. It IS gross but I'm relieved to hear someone else finds them on the head. Sort of make sense; he leads with his head right into the leaves or bushes and his head is nice and furry. Oh well, the warm fall has been good for ticks in New England. Hope to see them leave soon. Appreciate your input.

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I am an unfortunate tick expert :/ my specific experience is with the brown dog tick, I don't know much about the deer tick that is the Lyme carrier. The brown dog tick is much larger than the deer tick.

About 18 months ago we had a truck load of mulch delivered to our house and distributed around the front and back landscaping. We are on almost half an acre in a suburban residential area, no woods at all. I had two dogs at the time, both on advantix. One day I was brushing my golden retriever and felt a bump: it was an engorged tick. Upon further investigation I found DOZENS of newly attached ticks on both dogs. The mulch must have had a mature female laying eggs.

So I'll keep the gross details of what we went through to eradicate the problem out of this post :/ it took months. I did so much research and talked to dozens of people from vets to pest control to university scientists... And for prevention that is safe and effective I found the preventic collar to be outstanding!


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I also had to learn more about ticks this year than I would have ever expected. Ugh! They creep me out and unfortunately they are terrible in Florida. But we are lucky that ours do not carry Lyme disease ( I had my dogs tested just in case).
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I'm paranoid about ticks. We have the Paralysis tick on the east coast of Australia. Within about 24 - 36 hours after a tick bite the paralysis begins and will kill the dog unless treated. Hate hate hate them.
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