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Old 10-09-2009, 08:25 PM   #1
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Omg YUCK! Engorged Ticks!

You're probably seeing my name a lot as I've been posting frequently about Moose and LP lately...but I had to ask this question too!

I posted a thread about our tick problem a little while back and just wanted to give an update and ask for more help!

After finding many many ticks on Moose (but none engorged) we took a trip to the vet and got Vectra, which, according to our veterinarian is a really great preventitive for ticks. We applied the Vectra two weeks ago and it is supposed to be applied once a month. It repels and kills ticks.

However, this Wednesday, I found 2 more ticks on Moose! Later that night, as I was putting him to bed, I noticed these huge greenish/grayish things in his bed... they were HUGE fully engorged ticks- 3 of them!!

Thursday- I pulled another small tick from Moose's leg.

Friday- I pulled a big engorged tick from him!!

I am thoroughly digusted and so upset that it seems the Vectra is not working at all! And I am worried for Moose's health and our own...I found a tick on myself as well!

Anyone in Florida experiencing this? Moose has never had a tick in his entire life until now. Just want something that works!

Thanks everyone!
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maybe you need to treat your yard?
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All I can say is YUK. We seem to be getting a few over here just lately. I noticed Rosie poking at something on the carpet the other day, took a few seconds to realise it was a tick, not engorged thankfully. It was a real shock as I hadn't seen one for years.
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We live in a condo so unfortunately I can't treat the grounds or I would! Good thinking though. Guess getting him cut very shorts is the best I can do right now.
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Ticks can kill a Yorkie either by disease or by draining their blood...thank goodness you are trying things. I wish I could help but never had ticks this bad...the only suggestion I would have is that they do not go on the grass but I am sure that is a problem...I wish I could help.
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My Vet will not sell or carry Vectra D as it has Permethrin in it, which is classified by the US EPA a likely human carcinogen.

Permethrin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

We use Frontline Plus, Minksheen shampoo and have our yard treated.

Since you live in a condo, maybe you can ask them about having the perimeter of the grass area treated for ticks?
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My Vet will not sell or carry Vectra D as it has Permethrin in it, which is classified by the US EPA a likely human carcinogen.

Permethrin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

We use Frontline Plus, Minksheen shampoo and have our yard treated.

Since you live in a condo, maybe you can ask them about having the perimeter of the grass area treated for ticks?
Good point..I knew the name was sending warning signals but I couldn't remember why....I know someone who almost lost their yorkie because of this ....very serious and shouldn't be used.
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Really?! The Vectra is dangerous? I had NO idea! How can a veternarian ask me to use this on a 4lb dog if it carries such risks?! I am very disappointed. So you guys just use the Minksheen shampoo? No Frontline or topical/oral tick prevention?

Thanks for the help!
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Really?! The Vectra is dangerous? I had NO idea! How can a veternarian ask me to use this on a 4lb dog if it carries such risks?! I am very disappointed. So you guys just use the Minksheen shampoo? No Frontline or topical/oral tick prevention?

Thanks for the help!
Most people on this board, I've noticed, use either Frontline Plus or K9 Advantix. Advantix works for me & Jackson!
Haven't had a tick since May (when he was on Frontline).
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Most people on this board, I've noticed, use either Frontline Plus or K9 Advantix. Advantix works for me & Jackson!
Haven't had a tick since May (when he was on Frontline).
FYI: Advantix also has Permethrin - that's what these products claim insect repellants.
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We use Frontline Plus, Minksheen and treat the yard
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If he has had that many ticks on him I would definitely get him checked for Lymes Disease asap. If he has it, the sooner you can treat it the better.
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You're probably seeing my name a lot as I've been posting frequently about Moose and LP lately...but I had to ask this question too!

I posted a thread about our tick problem a little while back and just wanted to give an update and ask for more help!

After finding many many ticks on Moose (but none engorged) we took a trip to the vet and got Vectra, which, according to our veterinarian is a really great preventitive for ticks. We applied the Vectra two weeks ago and it is supposed to be applied once a month. It repels and kills ticks.

However, this Wednesday, I found 2 more ticks on Moose! Later that night, as I was putting him to bed, I noticed these huge greenish/grayish things in his bed... they were HUGE fully engorged ticks- 3 of them!!

Thursday- I pulled another small tick from Moose's leg.

Friday- I pulled a big engorged tick from him!!

I am thoroughly digusted and so upset that it seems the Vectra is not working at all! And I am worried for Moose's health and our own...I found a tick on myself as well!

Anyone in Florida experiencing this? Moose has never had a tick in his entire life until now. Just want something that works!

Thanks everyone!
LBH,
I'm from FL as well and I've been having a tick problem this summer. I too, live in a townhome community and I'm unable to treat the grass. I presented the problem to the HOA and it was denied after they investigated the cost. We started out with Vetra and I was finding ticks left and right. After the 2nd month, I realized it wasn't working and got a refund. I started Max on K9 Advantix and I' finding less. I've found one so far after having him on the Advantix for 3 months.
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Here a link to additional information on the flea tick meds Advantix and other peoples experiences with this product and effects it has had on their animals.

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PERMETHRIN the active ingred. here is a link to the effects of this drug... Please everyone read your active ingred. in your meds!!!!!
PERMETHRIN - Insecticide Fact Sheet.. Read before using this poison

Please everyone if you are putting down insect control including termites...ect find out the active ingreds.
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