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So, we've recently moved to the country. Yippee for us; privacy, land and more bugs! In 26 years of my life I've never actually seen a tick until tonight. We spend a lot more time in the woods now and tonight I pulled two ticks off Stark. One was just crawling around on his fur and one was biting him. I used a pair of hot tweezers to get the tick to stop biting and then I pulled it off of him. He is taking a flea, tick, heartworm preventative. He was taking the k9 advantix, but he took an oral medicine last time, I cant remember the name of it off the top of my head. Im sorry if I could have found the answer to this in older threads but Im kind of freaking out as I know someone who has a lost a dog to lyme disease. What exactly does the preventative do? Is it supposed to prevent the tick from biting him? Ive had him tested a while ago for tick bourne illness because he had an unexplained incident that looked like lyme disease. All tests came back negative.
I guess I just need to know if I need to worry? Will he still get ticks even though he takes the medication? Does it just mean that he wont catch anything? Is there anything else I can be doing to prevent ticks?
Thanks so much for any help!
 

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Is Lyme disease common in your area? I have been bitten by ticks my whole life and never had a problem. There is no need to be terrified if you are using the Advantix per the package instructions. It is supposed to kill the tick before it bites your dog I believe. I have combed plenty of dead ones out of my dog's fur. I know they are creepy little buggers but don't let it get you down.


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You should not use anything hot to remove the tick. It can cause them to regurgitate back inot the bite and it is the saliva which causes infection.

A tick must be attached at LEAST 24 hours to transmit Lyme (I think it is 36). Personally I am liking the tick twister though since I started feeding springtime garlic I have not seen one on the dog but it is early in the season and this is my first year. I have definitely pulled off ticks earlier though and usually have some on my clothes when I get back. [even with repellants designed for people]

Tick checks need to be a daily part of life. The longer they are attached, the higher the probability of any diseases being transmitted though some can transmit with first bite.
 
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