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post #11 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-19-2011, 11:30 PM
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In my area we have wood ticks and deer ticks...the deer ticks spread anaplasmosis and lyme and both are very common. Ticks are awful here - one day one of the dog's toys bounced into the woods and I went in to get it so they wouldn't get the ticks...it was maybe 50 feet or so, and when I got back out I had about 20 ticks crawling on the legs of my pants. I have a major tick phobia so was freaking out!!

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post #12 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-20-2011, 08:28 PM
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In my area we have wood ticks and deer ticks...the deer ticks spread anaplasmosis and lyme and both are very common. Ticks are awful here - one day one of the dog's toys bounced into the woods and I went in to get it so they wouldn't get the ticks...it was maybe 50 feet or so, and when I got back out I had about 20 ticks crawling on the legs of my pants. I have a major tick phobia so was freaking out!!
Ewww......that's a lot of ticks I have seen people talk about "tick disease" a lot on here and wondered about it. It does sound like your ticks are different. We have cattle, bush and paralysis tick. Cattle and bush are harmless but paralysis is the killer. Takes about 10 days but if left and not given tick serum (even if you get them off) will kill a dog every time. They only live in the coastal areas so we don't have then here inland thank goodness.
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Ewww......that's a lot of ticks I have seen people talk about "tick disease" a lot on here and wondered about it. It does sound like your ticks are different. We have cattle, bush and paralysis tick. Cattle and bush are harmless but paralysis is the killer. Takes about 10 days but if left and not given tick serum (even if you get them off) will kill a dog every time. They only live in the coastal areas so we don't have then here inland thank goodness.
Sparra - they are AWFUL! My MIL's dog had a paralysis tick on her face a few weeks ago. Thankfully we got her to the after hours vets quickly and after hundreds of $ she is now fine. I HATE them with a passion.

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Frost does not kill ticks, they become less active or dormant. I am waiting for the frost so I can take the dogs back in the trails, but even then I will only go out early in the morning when the temps are low so they don't pick up any ticks, I also keep them on the trails not off trail. You need a solid 2 weeks hard freeze for any die off. If there is snow on the ground they are protected. In the woods behind me they are doing some controlled burns which will kill some. We have dog tick, brown tick, lone star, deer tick you name it we have it.

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Around here it seems like frost re-energizes the ticks. We always have a spurt of increased tick activity after the first frost of fall.

In the dead of winter, we don't have to worry about them, but spring and fall are bad.

Tick borne diseases are very common. If caught early and if they respond well to treatment, they are relatively simple to treat, but the doxycycline used can cause liver issues/damage, and often dogs don't show symptoms until the disease has progressed.

Apollo and Nova have both had ehrlichia and Luna has had anaplasmosis.

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I'm a southerner so I'm used to bugs, but when I moved to northcentral Arkansas the ticks nearly drove me crazy. The summer a neighbor's boy got Rocky Mtn. Spotted Fever, my young Aussie did, too. Then she got ehrliciosis (sp?). I had many other dogs at the time and none of them got sick.
What I learned from that time is that in that area anything below 50 is too cool for their ticks. I'm surprised others have tick problems at and below freezing.
I'm back in Mississippi now. We have lots of interesting deadly things going on...
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It was 38 degrees the other morning, I went a different route with the dogs cutting through one of the trails. When I got home as I was taking their leashes off I pulled 2 ticks off their legs. I was really disappointed I figured it was almost safe to go back into the woods.
I can't believe I will be happy to see frost on the ground, that should keep the ticks at bay.

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My mom just found a tick on her cat.. we've had several below freezing nights with hard frost but apparently the little buggars just won't go away.

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