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mommanomma 06-13-2014 04:04 PM

Ticks!
 
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So Thor is doing great he is so active but he loves his new yard. One day while I was outside playing with him I felt a large bump on his neck. Come to find out it was a tick!! Ugh! So I got the nasty thing off him and made sure to clean it up really good and checked him over for more ticks and couldn't find any. Guess what I found the next day? Another **** tick! Thor's fur is really thick so it was super difficult to find but I managed. Once I started doing a better search on him I found like three more so I decided to shave him in order to make sure I didn't miss anything. Guess what I found when I shaved him?! Hundreds of seed ticks all over his torso. There were also three mated pairs on his body and two single ticks that were pretty engorged. So two days after that and a flea and tick bath and collar later he was tick free and really seems to be loving his new "hairdo" haha! It was horrifying but he was a trooper and behaved so well while I was treating him! Now after this ordeal I've been checking every week for any fleas or ticks. Here's a pic of my now zombie looking pup lol Attachment 216601


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Traveler's Mom 06-13-2014 04:15 PM

I won't-can't-better not comment on the shaving part.

I will say that you might consider checking him morning and again at night. You might also look into some form of treatment for your yard. Cedar oil is one option. You might want to consider using a preventative of some sort on your dog either a one drop like K9Advantic II or go with an alternative like garlic or essential oil sprays.

Lynn & Traveler

jocoyn 06-13-2014 04:30 PM

You need to IDENTIFY the tick species. Tick encounter resource has some charts and you can even send in your tick.

If it is the Brown Dog Tick, those can complete their entire life cycle inside of your home. The other species need an intermediate host (usually a rodent or other small animal)

I would be checking every DAY. Twice a day, not every week. Also I have had good success treating the yard with beneficial nematodes from Arbico Organics; this only works if you can keep the soil moist.

Never heard of shaving him for this but now you need to protect him from the sun. That guard coat can be wonky growing back. Beau has a thick coat but by keeping the undercoat stripped, I can work a flea comb through him. That means, in the summer, daily brushing with a rake (though I am sure there are other ways)......then going over with the flea comb.

mamajag 06-13-2014 05:40 PM

We had a massive infestation here, too. Since a few days after starting NexGard we've found no ticks or fleas. Gretchen takes the pill quite willingly. It's something to consider since your dog is having such a time with them.

eddie1976E 06-13-2014 06:14 PM

Nexgard is now labeled for deer ticks, we are switching from frontline to NG. I'm so paranoid of tick borne diseases. My last one had anaplasmosis and it was terrible. I had my new puppy tested and then vaccinated. Vet said I could combine NG with a collar like seresto for extra assurance.

mamajag 06-13-2014 06:53 PM

My vet told me when he gave it to Gretchen that deer tick labeling was in the pipeline and that he'd had fantastic results so far. It's lived up to his hype and we are very happy with it.

This year has been horrible for ticks around here. I have jokingly asked if I could give Nexgard to my kids because I have to tick check them all every day when they come in from playing.


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