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Old 07-16-2014, 12:12 AM   #1
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Unhappy Tick Nightmare!!!

Roxy never had a tick in her life until we moved to the Texas coast (hot and humid) last month I found an infestation on her I'm talking 15+ Ticks some were engorged, I couldn't find tweezers fast enough and went into mommy mode and starting pulling them off with my fingers!! I had never even seen a tick in my life up to that point, I was shocked and repulsed.
It was DISGUSTING, and heartbreaking, I couldn't believe she had so many and I didn't notice them before feeding as much as they did to get that big. I still have nightmares about it and I constantly feel creepy crawly things on me now. I'm completely paranoid that they are all around my house and on my skin. It is seriously going to give me an OCD problem.

Since then I've shaved her pretty short, upped her baths from bi-weekly to weekly, and have been using AdvantixII but I'm still pulling 3-5 small ticks off of her DAILY!
I've read around that this is a bad year for ticks but man something has got to give. I've become less shocked at the sight of them and check her from head to toe after every trip outside, before bed, and every morning.

If you're still with me thank you for listening to my story/rant and I actually do have a few questions.
Yorkie hair seems to absorb topical product, no matter how well I part her hair or how small of drops I apply it all seems to end up in her hair. After a few days the spot doesn't look so greasy and I wonder if that's because it still continues to absorb through her hair follicles or is it most likely drying up or being rubbed off?
Also I never find ticks where I applied the medicine so I know they stay away from the area so I wonder if I should spread the medicine out in other places she can't reach like under her arm pits and behind her ears where they love to hide.

Any and all feedback is appreciated. Sorry for the novel. I feel less alone here.
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Old 07-16-2014, 04:53 AM   #2
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OMG, ewwwwwww! I too would've been disgusted and gotten the creepy crawlers all over! I wish I had advice, but we don't have to give tick meds here. I hope you find something that works.
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Old 07-16-2014, 05:13 AM   #3
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That's terrible. I've never used AdvantixII. I tried Nexgard for the first time a couple of months ago, until then I had used Frontline. They both seem to work. The only time I have found a tick on mine was when we visited north Mississippi/Alabama a couple of years ago. Maggie and I both got a tick. I don't know that I would spread the medicine over her body, that stuff is pretty nasty, I would be afraid she would lick it. When I used Frontline I would hold Maggie for a few minutes as she would roll around and try to get it off of her.

I think Austin might be worse for ticks than living in the Houston area. We don't have the beautiful landscape in Houston that Austin has (trees, hills, etc.). I also have heard that this is a bad flea/tick season. I hope things get better, ticks freak me out as well.
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Old 07-16-2014, 10:08 AM   #4
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Eeek! I hate ticks too.

The preventative is absorbed into the skin. I have heard of putting a few drops down the topline of the back, but I would not apply anywhere else on the body. One of the reasons to put it between the shoulder blades is so that the dog cannot lick it or ingest it.

I know with Frontline, the tick has to bite the dog before it will die. Might be the same with similar preventatives.

I have found that the best defense against ticks is daily checks. It's a lot of work with hairy dogs, and some ticks are almost microscopic.
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Old 07-16-2014, 10:15 AM   #5
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Wow, that is a lot of ticks....If I may suggest in addition to the topical your using you could apply Cedrecide to her leg when she goes out. The smell repels ticks, I know it does kill fleas but it's supposed to have a effect on ticks too. I always have a quart on hand because it can be used on people too for mosquitoes. It's might be worth a try.....

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My vet always tells me to apply to the dog when it's dirty and not just bathed bc the product absorbs better with the natural oils from the coat. Then bath a few days days after if you must. Also there are products that can be applied to the lawn that kill ticks but there is a period right after application that the dog won't be able to go out. It's very scary dealing with ticks I have to say that my younger boy I have decided to keep inside only on pee pads bc in New York where I am the deer ticks are so tiny that they are even easily missed when fully engorged. And for some reason the younger the dog the more susceptible to contracting lymes disease. I have a decent section of my yard that I have treated and he can go for short walks there a couple times a day and I'm lucky that the complex that I live in treats the grass on the sides of the side walk so he can get a good walk along there too. He's only 4 lbs. my older boy is 12 lbs and he gets checked daily for ticks also bc he walks a bit further with me. The tick products I have used on him and they are effective however my theory with that is that the tick will then fall off inside the house and cling onto one of us. I have to check the kids daily for tick too during the summer.
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I remember when I lived down south for a while and had a run in with ticks. It is shocking when you are not used to such things! We lived in a kind of sandy area and you could walk out in certain parts of the yard and the things would just start crawling up your legs by the dozen! I would suspect that you may have such a problem close to where you are. Other than keeping your baby away from tick infested areas there is no great solution for them.

We started having a tick problem up here when we moved into a wooded area and took in some cats that had been dumped. They remained indoor/outdoor cats but we found that they started arriving home with engorged ticks during the spring and fall.

We tried using Frontline Plus as it was the only topical that was supposed to kill ticks on cats but the creatures seemed to love the stuff and we continued to find engorged ticks on them and sometimes they would carry loose ticks in on their fur. I had to start flea combing them before letting them inside in order to get all the vermin off them.

I have heard mixed reviews about Advantix II. It seems to work on fleas but most people don't have much success with ticks.

When I walk Gracie during ticks season I always avoid the areas where I know the ticks hang out and I check her good before bringing her inside. She has remained tick free. We do, however, still have to do the flea comb thing with the cats. Ticks are really difficult to deal with. Avoiding them is the only way I have found to deal with them.
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I've always used Advantix with good results. My mom's dog is on it, too, but he is still a tick magnet. I've read about people using Rose Geranium Oil as a repellant for their dogs, but have never tried it. I would make sure to ask my vet before going ahead with it's use.

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I don't think there is a one shot approach that will work. In addition to the preventatives, being vigilant about combing them out when you get home will help. Ears and between the toes are especially attractive areas to ticks because of the increased blood flow. I wonder if wearing a little t-shirt on your walks would help prevent them from getting attached under the armpits.
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I agree with getting something to spray the yard/kennels etc. with. I've sprayed my yard with something that repels or kills them (among other stuff), but we don't usually have tick issues as I was more for the flea/mosquito. Not sure how well it worked cause we had heavy rain a couple of days after I sprayed ^^;;
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ewwwwwwwwwwwww is right, I've been reading that the tic population is expanding as they are growing immune to deterrents and pesticides. Keep being diligents and hopefully they will bugger off soon.

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Eeek! I hate ticks too.

The preventative is absorbed into the skin. I have heard of putting a few drops down the topline of the back, but I would not apply anywhere else on the body. One of the reasons to put it between the shoulder blades is so that the dog cannot lick it or ingest it.

I know with Frontline, the tick has to bite the dog before it will die. Might be the same with similar preventatives.

I have found that the best defense against ticks is daily checks. It's a lot of work with hairy dogs, and some ticks are almost microscopic.
I was wrong. According to the Frontline Plus Q&A, the tick does not have to bite before it dies. It only has to come into contact with your pet's 'haircoat' they say . . . but, from first-hand experience, I know it is not immediate:

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Yes ticks are gross and Yorkies are built low to the ground. Check w/ your County Extension office (just google your county and the largest city your near to and the words extension office. Their website should have a number to the Master Gardener office) check with them to see if there are any deer ticks also because they carry lyme disease and you and your dog can be effected if you are bitten. And check with them to see what they recommend to treat your yard with. They usually know what is effective and how to apply. When I am in Maine I have always kept my guy in a short cut. If we walk by the edge of wooded areas he occasionally picks up a few. I check him (and myself) daily because I am a gardening fool…

there is a product I use on my gardening pants and boots because I am in an area where there are many deer ticks and Lyme Disease is prevalent it is called Pyrethrins and basically comes from the Chrysanthumum. It is toxic to cats but not can be applied to humans and to dogs but you have to be aware of the do's and don'ts and toxicity levels. Here is a great article about it by an Emergency Vet Tech http://davesgarden.com/guides/articles/view/3892/#b I find Pyrethin effective against ticks…however I never did put it on my dog. But many say it is very effective. Why don't I because by the time I discovered it the dog had positive titers for Lyme as many many dogs do in areas with deer tick. I assume you are dealing with mostly dog ticks. They are disgusting and they are gross but they don't carry Lyme. There are ticks that carry different diseases your county extension office will know and they are a wealth of knowledge and free (the only thing they sell are usually gardening books and publications) so they will give you non-biased advice which your local state university agriculture/science program has determined valid for your area. I know this is long winded but I hope this helps you and your pup.
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My DH treats our yard for ticks/fleas every year and this really helps a great deal. Also I use the frontline spray on my fur babies. So far no ticks or fleas. Again, I do believe treating the yard really goes a long way at keeping "blood suckers" at bay.
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