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teacuptiger

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Just a quick question- do the ticks actually fall off your dog once they die, or are they supposed to stick on? Because I've found two ticks on my dog today, very much dead once I pulled them off, but very much still with their little teeth sunk into my dog.

I mean, I'm glad that they were dead and all, but is it possible for them to still transmit disease after death if they're still on your dog? I'd have thought that they'd fall off when they died. Or maybe my ticks are just clingy. Just wondering what other people's experiences were :)
 

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As soon as they bite it is possible for them to transmit disease. This just significantly reduces the risk. If they are already clinging it may be possible for an infection (not very likely). But either situation would be less "dangerous" than an actively feeding, alive tick.

They should fall off after a while but it won't force them to fall off.

That said you may want to look into a new release, Bravecto. Bravecto is a replacement for Nexgard. It costs $35 per dose, prevents fleas and ticks just as well as Nexgard, taken orally like Nexgard, and tastes good like Nexgard. But one dose lasts 3 months (vs $150 for 3 months with Nexgard).
 
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As soon as they bite it is possible for them to transmit disease.
This is actually incorrect for diseases like Lyme, Erlichia, and Anaplasmosis. A tick has to be attached and actively feeding for at least 36-48 hours to transmit these diseases.

Once they're dead, they can't transmit disease and generally the modern tick control products (whether topical like Frontline, etc or oral like Nexgard) will kill them long before they have a chance to do so.
 

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I've never found a tick on my dogs while using Nexgard so I can't comment on that, but holy hell Ryan... You pay $150 for a 3pk of Nexgard!?
 

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Thanks for the correction Sass!

DJ, I don't remember exactly. I remember it was a LOT more expensive than any other med I used.
 

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Holy cow. I need to call about the price apparently. I was going to go pick some up for my two when I get paid this week. I didn't even consider it being so expensive.

Whether justified or not, the idea of a pesticide that is strong enough to stay active in my dogs for 3 months makes me really nervous about Bravecto. I've pretty much talked myself into being okay with Nexgard.
 

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My vet's online pharm charges $85 for a 3 pack of Nexgard. $150 for the 6 month. They don't sell the 3 month in their office which pisses me off. I went in there and asked to either just buy 1 or a 3 month and they only sell the 6 month. I don't even use flea/tick products for more than 3 months. Definitely want to check out Bravecto but I get nervous with new products as well and feel the same way ^^ as something being in his system for 3 months. But I dunno.
 

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