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Old 07-16-2012, 07:52 PM
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Ticks are awful around here, as is Lyme (and anaplasmosis). I still hike. I check myself (pulled five attached ticks off me after a hike a couple months ago... ugh) and my dog, but I back it up with pesticides.

Frontline does work, but you have to be realistic in your expectations- it does not repel ticks, you will still find attached ticks, it takes 24-48 hours to kill ticks. I've recently switched to Certifect, which is Frontline Plus with low-dose amitraz. Starts detaching ticks at four hours and kill time starts at six.

Dogs do typically deal with Lyme better than humans, but it can still be fatal.
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Old 07-16-2012, 08:00 PM
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I trial a lot in Massachusetts. That seems to be the worst of it. I'm in the north-east, everything is wooded.

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Old 07-16-2012, 08:43 PM
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This kind of makes me cringe mentioning it, but in FL we started getting brown dog ticks in the house. Now they usually don't carry anything nasty, but the dogs were getting them in their feet and stuff and bringing them in. Casey was usually the worst, and she slept in the bathroom. We noticed these little black speck bugs kept appearing where the wall meets the ceiling in the bathroom...and then we started seeing regular sized ticks going up the walls in the house (or on us, or the dogs). We frontlined, sprayed the just kept getting worse. I had a pillow top mattress..umm..we found in the crease of the pillow top many many full grown ticks. Had to get a pest control company out, take the dogs to the groomers for a full treatment before they came back, all kinds of stuff.

It makes you think you have a dirty house, really, when that happens. But I was watching some infestation show a few months ago and someone had the same problem with the brown dog ticks that they couldn't resolve..thankful we got rid of them with the pest control company!

So I do have good reason to be wary of them..

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Old 07-16-2012, 08:47 PM
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I can't really worry about it; otherwise we would never do anything. Ticks are always bad around here. I've actually only pulled 3 off him this summer so far, which is pretty amazing. I do keep him on Advantix every other month or so, sometimes I spread it out more depending if I've seen a lot, etc. Frontline doesn't do jack crap here. But we live in the "country" so it's just something we deal with. I feel him over every night and he gets bathed once a week in the summer.

He tested positive for lymes once... he came up limping so was showing stiffness of the joints as a symptom. He was treated with 30 days of antibiotics or whatever they were, and now he's fine and tests negative. But lymes test are so faulty anyways. One can come up positive yet they don't really have lymes and vice versa.
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Old 07-16-2012, 09:01 PM
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OMG crazedACD! I would have the heebie jeebies for ever after that!

I think for me the problem is if something serious were to happen, something that I could have prevented, I would never forgive myself. Doesn't help that lots of Afghan people, who have never had their hounds get a single tick in the 20+ years they have had Af's are suddenly reporting finding ticks on them, not to mention one of those people just lost her Brittany spaniel to Lyme last week.

I really shouldn't complain because we have the lake to swim in but it is very busy. We also have a big mowed dog park to run in, but I would love to take them to the other dog parks with trails and what not.
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Old 07-16-2012, 09:13 PM
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My uncle lost his Malamute/wolf cross to Lyme early last year (but they are in Massachusetts and he was an outside 'dog').

All three of our dogs have had it and come up weakly positive on the tests. I have had Lyme and so has my father (but not my mother or sister...I suspect because they spend less time in the woods/fields). Nobody has lasting symptoms, really, as we are hyper aware of it and know that it is common around here.

To be honest, I don't really censor where the dogs walk/run/play. I make sure to check them over as well as I can and everybody is vacc'd (except Liberty who is allergic). But to be fair--here--you can't avoid ticks completely even if you try. I don't know if my approach would be different if I knew that they were a close-to-fail-safe way to keep the boys from contracting Lyme again.

ETA: Our guys all three turned up dramatically lame after contracting Lyme, with Liberty being affected most severely. Bailey was shaky in the rear but mostly just acting out (aggressive, etc). All three responded well to Doxycycline (IIRC).
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Old 07-16-2012, 09:15 PM
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I am very worried about it but he is not vaccinated and we don't use a preventative. I worry about the ticks, I worry about what protects him from ticks. I worry about the effectiveness of the vaccine and it's safety and worry if he gets that he'll just get some other disease. But I worry about the preventatives too, we gave him advantage to get rid of fleas once and he was lethargic for a week, went off of his food completely for three days. My uncle's dog acts fearful for several days after receiving it, holding her head low, acting as though her skin feels funny. My mom knows someone at work who accidentally hugged her dog shortly after applying one of the preventatives. She washed it off of her but shortly after he skin began to react and she ended up with chemical burns on her face. So those worry me too. So I hate ticks because I can't decide what is best to do about them. Last year he got two ticks, one dog tick attached, one deer tick not yet attached. This year I have also found two ticks, both attached. One a deer tick which chose to attach itself on the eyeliner around his eye (he loved me trying to take that off...but on the bright side it was easy to find), the other I have no idea what kind it was because it was engorged and I base my ID on size since I don't know how to ID them properly, this one was between his back toes. I was really freaked out since it was the first engorged tick I've ever found on him and an engorged tick means it could have been on long enough for diseases to be transferred. Maybe we should try a preventative again, advantix is supposed to be best and I don't want that on him around the cats so I guess it would have to be frontline. I just don't like the idea of it, putting poison on my dog.

But I guess since I live somewhere that ticks are supposed to be a big deal we've been lucky thus far.

You say many dogs don't show any symptoms of Lymes, but does that mean it will never affect them? It's a chronic disease, so couldn't it cause problems later, years down the road?

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Old 07-16-2012, 09:20 PM
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I would watch out for the ticks. I check myself and the dogs for ticks after hiking. I take a shower so I can check myself as well. My dog has Lyme disease and we caught it early. He's on antibiotics. I know a person who has it too and it's not good. Half of all deer ticks in the area carry Lyme Disease.
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Old 07-16-2012, 10:27 PM
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Yea there's pretty much no avoiding ticks in my state. Certain times of year there are fewer than others, but... I'm not going to never do anything outside. Having said that, last spring the ticks were so bad they did drive me to go home early from one camping trip.

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It's a chronic disease, so couldn't it cause problems later, years down the road?
Not generally in dogs. Honestly I don't even really think about it at all.

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Old 07-16-2012, 10:39 PM
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Yea there's pretty much no avoiding ticks in my state. Certain times of year there are fewer than others, but... I'm not going to never do anything outside. Having said that, last spring the ticks were so bad they did drive me to go home early from one camping trip.

Last year was TERRIBLE. Megan and I took the dogs hiking in wisconsin last year and I had Frodo on my lap for the like drive back to her house. It was getting dark and I glanced something moving on frodo's back. Then I saw MANY things moving on his back, they were just everywhere and I am scared to death of ticks. Worst. Moments. Ever.

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