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Took Juno on her first camping trip last weekend and she picked up a few ticks on the trip. I found 2 that were imbedded. Curious about flea tick preventative and also signs I should be looking for that would indicate she got parasites from the ticks?
 

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Ugh, ticks.... the bane of the outdoors. :(

For tick preventatives, if you're comfortable sharing, it'll be helpful if you can tell us about where you are geographically. There are regions where certain products are no longer as effective as they used to be. Ask your vet about this - mine flat out told me that Frontline and a few others don't work well *in my local area* anymore.

Your locale will also determine your relative risk for different species of ticks, and the most common diseases they spread. And your lifestyle factors in - if you go camping and through uncleared areas, your dog is at a higher risk level than one that stays home in a mowed yard and walks primarily on sidewalks.

A blood panel from your vet can test for a wide spectrum of diseases - not just Lyme.

The symptoms can be different depending on which disease, and the individual dog. I've had multiple dogs test positive for Lyme, all were all asymptomatic. I changed to a prescription chewable last year, and haven't found any live ones on the dogs ever since. Friends in other parts of the country don't have nearly as many problems as we do, geography makes a big difference.
 

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The only collars I know of that are worth buying IMHO are the newer generation: Seresto from Bayer and Scalibor from Merck. I don't know anything about Preventics -- ask your vet how it compares to Seresto or Scalibor. The collars are generally not ideal for dogs that get wet a lot though -- those dogs would probably be better served by an oral product.

The older generation sold at drug stores and big box stores are probably not helpful at best, and harmful at worst (with some bad reactions reported).

In the U.S., with a dog that had tick infestation, I'd give a NexGard chew (RX only) to be sure they're all dead and none are still in there hiding under the fur in a nook or cranny. Even if you're not going to keep the dog on it, at least you'll be sure there aren't any left passing on tick diseases.
 

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Hi,

I came to this thread today. Turns out we found two ticks on my 4 month puppy today.... We ran to the vet and he was given some sort of pill and put it inside his throat.

None of my previous dogs had ticks ever. But our last dog died in 2016, and last year rescued and fostered for a few days a stray old pit bull (he had many many ticks), but we took care of him, he recovered and went up for adoption. Got his happy ending. But we ended up with ticks on our backyard (we fumigated everything twice or three times last year), we thought they were gone. Yet, they were probably waiting under the dirt. It is getting really hot here (in Mexico, but close to Arizona)



Our puppy lives both inside and outside, so, we found this to be quite disturbing today (mostly because I have OCD). So, should we get a collar for him?
 
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