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Found a tick on Rudy

Now what. I go it off, it's still alive (in a baggie outside) and I don't think it's engorged---it's pretty flat.
Do I need to bring Rudy in to the vet and get him on antibiotics? Should I just bring the tick in? Or do I wait until his regular exam w/ Lyme's test? If so, how long before Lyme's shows up in bloodwork?
I'm chasing after him now trying to get some rubbing alcohol on the area I found the d&^% tick.
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Re: Found a tick on Rudy

Flush the tick down the toilet
when is his next exam I would have him tested
unless he starts acting weird

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Re: Found a tick on Rudy

Has he had the Lyme vaccine? I just watch the area for signs of a rash or irritation.I usually burn them or put them in alcohol to kill them.

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Re: Found a tick on Rudy

No Lyme vaccine, and I stopped Frontline months ago.
I am going to hang on to the tick---he's still moving----in case the vet wants to see it. It's in a baggie in the garage. Tweezers soaking in alchohol but ****, I may as well throw those out.
I was able to get all of the tick, head and all in one try.

SO if there is no sign of rash or irritation, can I assume there is no Lymes? Of course, he will get his regular Lyme testing at his annual, but I just wonder if this is something he needs to be seen ASAP.

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Re: Found a tick on Rudy

don't flush burn the . They don't drown and they can work there way back out into your yard or someplace else.

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Re: Found a tick on Rudy

To be safe I would contact the vet and see what they say.I think it may take a little time for a rash to develop.You can put the tick in a small amt of alcohol and keep it in case the vet wants to see what kind it is.

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Re: Found a tick on Rudy

Lyme isnt be transmitted til the tick has been attached for 48 hours. If the tick wasn't engorged yet you should be fine.
And yes either burn or kill it in alcohol. The last thing you want is a tick crawling back up your toilet. They are really resilient

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As much as I hate the idea of extra vaccines and chemicals, living in Maryland we get the Lyme vaccine, use tick collars and front line. 5 of the 9 dogs and 2 of the 6 people on my driveway have Lyme disease and a couple of other dogs have died of it.

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I nuke the ticks I pull off the dogs.

I've lost count how many I've pulled so far this year and that is WITH using the Frontline.
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Re: Found a tick on Rudy

LOTS of lyme vaccinated dogs still get lyme, it's a dangerous vaccine, and it doesn't cover the other tick diseases, so buyer beware.

Ticks can transmit disease in less then 48 hrs, depends on where in the tick the bacteria is when they bite. I read an abstract where they thought transmission time in one case was 2 hrs. Not engorged is always a good sign though.

Alcohol is the only thing I know that will kill ticks - I guess and nuking too!! I'll have to try that Lauri - a bit more fulfilling.

It takes several weeks (maybe months?) For some dogs to mount a response that will show on the tests. Even then, no tests are 100%, so make a mark on the calendar now and in a couple of months to remind you to evaluate any changes.


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