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    Default Stinking Ticks!

    This is more a vent than anything....

    In the past 3 weeks we have removed 7 ticks off Sonny. We have the deadly paralysis tick here in Australia and I am so worried. We Frontline the dogs every fortnight and I do think the ticks were dead, even though they had burrowed in. I have been restricting Sonny from being outside the house too much, but really I can't keep the poor little fellow locked up forever. Unfortunately there is absolutely no way of tick-proofing our place as we are on acres, full of thick Aussie bush.

    Of an evening when it is cuddle time, we check the dogs thoroughly, so hopefully we wont miss any and hopefully they aren't on him for too long.

    I don't like it though.
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    I feel for you. It is so restricting, and that's really difficult. Are the ticks bothering them all year round, or is there a tick season?
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    I wish I had something better to offer for comfort, ticks are nasty creatures. When my son was 6 he got lymes disease from one, thankfully we caught it in time. I just read some tick removal advice yesterday, although I haven't tried it myself yet....
    Apply a glob of liquid soap to a cotton ball. Cover the tick with the soap-soaked cotton ball and swab it for a few seconds (15-20), the tick will come out on its own and be stuck to the cotton ball when you lift it away.
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    i know you said you already use frontline, but for extra help you may need to put a tick collar on sonny. good luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cathy Moon View Post
    Are the ticks bothering them all year round, or is there a tick season?
    Cathy in this coastal strip of Australia it is tick season all year round, however this is supposed to be the low time as we are in the middle of winter. This is the time of year that the larva turn to nymph (tiny ticks). I've never seen them like this here so I am dreading spring & summer which are our really bad season. In the 8 years that we have lived here, we have only ever gotten 1 tick of one of our dogs prior to this. Maybe it is just that we have only had long haired dogs this past 18 months, as it was just Boxers before & their hair is very short... doesn't drape all over the place.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kirsty
    but for extra help you may need to put a tick collar on sonny. good luck!
    Is it safe to use a tick collar in conjunction with something like Frontline? I must look into that. Thanks.
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    My parents have that problem in Massachusetts with their Cavalier, too. I had a small tick crawling on my finger yesterday---yuck!!

    Can you treat your yard with something? Is there anything that is safe to use?
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    I feel for you! And that's terrible that this isn't even prime tick season yet!

    I would probably treat the immediate yard with something and then try to keep your dog within that area.

    We took Daisy on a walk in a wooded area this Spring and she came home with 3 ticks. We use Frontline Plus, but it says it doesn't kill them for 24-48 hours, and it only takes 24 hours to transmit Lyme's disease, so that really bothers me. I hate ticks. I see no use for them in the environment and would be very happy if they were eradicated! Could you get some chickens? I've heard that they are great at keeping an area free of ticks because they love to eat them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caraline View Post
    Is it safe to use a tick collar in conjunction with something like Frontline? I must look into that. Thanks.
    thats true, might not be safe. guess you could ask your vet. i did a search for you and somebody on another dog forum said this stuff works well:
    Neem Protect Spray
    its all natural and you spray it on before you go on your walks into the bushes or woods.
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    Apply a glob of liquid soap to a cotton ball. Cover the tick with the soap-soaked cotton ball and swab it for a few seconds (15-20), the tick will come out on its own and be stuck to the cotton ball when you lift it away.
    I'd not heard of that before....so glad you posted it. Guess I will need to put some liquid soap in my first aid kit now as well.

    Looked up the neem spray. Thanks also for that link Kristy.

    I no longer use Frontline on my dogs (I do give them a supplement to ward off ticks and fleas though). We don't have a tick "problem" but like to know there is something like this to use if we go into a problem area.
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    A long time ago,i was staying at a friends in Devon and i found one on my foot having a drink,i had to wait till it dropped off,i stayed up for a while and when it did drop i killed the thing.I hate them as well.

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