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Ticks
« on: June 01, 2012, 11:26:26 AM »
I removed  1/2 doz.  ticks from The Dug when I got home from the North West at the weekend. One had expanded to the size of a blackcurrant. Nasty wee devils  these. Looks like it might be a bad year for them after the mild winter, so check carefully. Lymes disease is not nice.
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Re: Ticks
« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2012, 11:42:51 AM »
What did you treat the dug with in advance? Advantix or Frontline or something else?
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« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2012, 11:50:56 AM »
I didn't even know there was such a thing. I have to say I am not comfortable with the idea of applying  systemic insecticides to The Dug  (I assume that's what they are?), I would not use them on myself. Admittedly I know nothing about them or any side effects they may have. Perhaps it would be more of an issue if I lived farther west though.
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Re: Ticks
« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2012, 11:57:20 AM »
OK, found it. The ticks may be less of a risk to The Dug. 

http://www.dogsonly.org/Woof/toast.asp?sub=show&action=posts&fid=2&tid=29

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Re: Ticks
« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2012, 12:03:36 PM »
I didn't even know there was such a thing. I have to say I am not comfortable with the idea of applying  systemic insecticides to The Dug  (I assume that's what they are?), I would not use them on myself. Admittedly I know nothing about them or any side effects they may have. Perhaps it would be more of an issue if I lived farther west though.

It's a balance of risks of course (they are systemic insecticides), and not just to the Dug but then of the Dug transferring them to you.
A dose lasts a month, we restrict it to tick season, and have had no problems, The Dug is on deer trails daily.you could just do it for West Coast trips.
I know we have an expert on the forum, hopefully he'll comment on any side-effects, but we have not seen any on our badly-behaved black Lab.
Any tick bite here that develops a red ring around it and you are on antibiotics for a fortnight, Lymes disease is not to be trifled with.
I have seen visiting dugs miserable with them, and a blackcurrant sized one is small beer, trust me.

EDIT- we use Frontline, not Advantix.
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Re: Ticks
« Reply #5 on: June 01, 2012, 12:07:22 PM »
I heard the banning of sheep dips has caused a tick population explosion, don't know if that's true or not.  Do you have to get these treatments via the vet?
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« Reply #6 on: June 01, 2012, 12:09:19 PM »
Vet only I think.
Wrong again, available on the web, cheaper from our Vet.
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« Last Edit: June 01, 2012, 12:14:51 PM by Inchlaggan »
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Re: Ticks
« Reply #7 on: June 01, 2012, 12:14:21 PM »
I remember returning from Glenelg one WINTER and finding a blackcurrant sized tick on me. I had no idea it was even there. That was back in the late 1970s and  Lymes disease had not been identified in the UK then I don't think. That's the danger, unless you spot them they can be on you for a very long time indeed and you won't even know it. There's a lot to be said for chest waders when hill loch fishing.
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Re: Ticks
« Reply #8 on: June 01, 2012, 12:19:07 PM »
We use Frontline on the cat, I believe that once it has dried it has no effect on humans.
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FRONTLINE Spot On is non-systemic.

FRONTLINE Spot On has a non-systemic mode of action. FRONTLINE Spot On kills parasites through contact, not via the pet's bloodstream.
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Re: Ticks
« Reply #9 on: June 01, 2012, 12:25:40 PM »
We dosed our elkhound with Avantix this week. She has spent the last couple of days scratching. In fact she was so eager to scratch that she was stumbling when she walked as her back legs were twitching forward, as she walked, in her haste get at the itchiness. Of course there is always the possibility of this having nothing to do with the dose and she was just itchy with moulting but I'm not taking the chance again. Thankfully it has eased off now - perhaps due to a bath and giving her coat a long brush out.

This was the first time we have used Avantix after years of using Frontline.

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