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Old 04-25-2013, 02:31 PM
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Default How bad are fleas and ticks in your area?

Ticks are pretty gnarly here, fleas were disgustingly horrible last summer.

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Old 04-25-2013, 02:40 PM
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It depends on where you go here, really. My pets have never had a single flea on them, we don't use prevention, and we go walking through the woods a whole lot. And Maggie has probably had five ticks on her in the entire time we've had her.

I go walking around in deep woods a lot, and I've only had one tick on me. My friend however, always ends up with ticks on him, and this is when we're walking together. I think it might be because they grab on his leg hair, because I don't have any haha.
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Old 04-25-2013, 02:43 PM
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We've never had an issue with fleas and ticks, never used preventative, and basically love in the woods. However, we've had a few ferrets come in to rescue as strays that were covered in both. So I think it depends on... Something.
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Old 04-25-2013, 02:46 PM
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In Wisconsin there are hardly any fleas except for the fleas they can get from gnawing on a freshly killed rabbit. but there are no fleas that live in the fields or grass or anything like that.

As for ticks, there are no ticks in the fields at my house but driving only 5 minutes away my dogs will pick up ticks in the woods and fields. Our house is in the tickless twilight zone.
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Old 04-25-2013, 03:29 PM
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Never had an issue with fleas or ticks before...and I've already had to pull a tick each off the dog and cat. And at the clinic, we have had at LEAST five dogs come in with tick infestations.

Needless to say, Parastar went on all of the dogs, and Apollo got dosed with EasySpot.
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Old 04-25-2013, 03:40 PM
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We don't have them, or heartworm, it's too cold too long, 6ish months if winter...with snow.
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Old 04-25-2013, 04:06 PM
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Originally Posted by Julee View Post
Ticks are pretty gnarly here, fleas were disgustingly horrible last summer.
Basically this. And. AND one of those little bastards bit me. Die! Poison all the things

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Old 04-25-2013, 04:10 PM
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Fleas, not so bad.

Ticks...... I live in sheep country. Yak. I HATE ticks. Hate hate hate hate hate.

We didn't seem to get many last year. One year I visited where I live now for a couple of days and found 14 on Bodhi seems to vary a lot year to year. If I ever find one on myself, I may have to hack a limb off.

I'm super paranoid I have nits at the moment due to a client I work with.. So a tick may finish me off.
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Old 04-25-2013, 04:57 PM
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Depends on where you go around here and the season. I hike with my dogs a lot and sometimes they get a bunch of ticks, othertimes they get few or none. They very rarely pick up fleas, usually from someone else's dog if they do.
I always brush them off and go over them with flea comb after a hike and several times a week. I usually only find buggers after a hike or if they've been around another dog.

I don't use chemical prevenatives for fleas or ticks.
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Old 04-25-2013, 05:47 PM
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Fleas? Some folks really struggle with them, for some reason, we don't.
Ticks though? OMG... I've already pulled attached ones off me, and both kids, tons off the dogs this season. You don't even want to know where the last one attached...

Uh... how do I keep getting the "how many ears do dogs have" question wrong?
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