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Posted: 11/10/2013 1:04:18 PM
I've had dogs for the last 24 years. Haven't found ticks on them until this year.

In the past week, I found a deer tick (unattached) on Little Bit.

Friday evening, I removed a regular tick from Girlie. It was quite engorged. Then this morning, dh found another regular tick, also engorged, and an unattached deer tick on her.

For once in my life, I can't wait for snow.





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Posted: 11/10/2013 2:30:39 PM
I've had dogs all my life. I haven't seen a tick on any of mine in the last 15 yrs or more and I live along the wildlife refuge

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Posted: 11/10/2013 2:34:08 PM
We've had unusually warm, wet weather, so ticks have definitely been a problem. We use the flea and tick once a month treatment, but it seems to wear off before a full month. We've treated the yard too, but I'm not sure how much that helps.

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Posted: 11/10/2013 3:00:57 PM
The ticks are crazy here in CT at the moment - we should get a hard frost Tuesday night which I hope is the end of them.
It has stayed warm so long this year that the ticks have been worse than in the spring!!! Very unusual


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Posted: 11/10/2013 3:00:57 PM
Yes in fact! -- I've never found one on my dog in the five years we've had her, and I just found one on her ear. ick. A regular tick, who'd been there awhile. ick ick ick.



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Posted: 11/10/2013 3:04:33 PM
We don't have a dog, but we live in a big deer tick area.


So while you're pulling ticks off your dog, I'm pulling them off my kids!

It's one of the definite "pros" about the cold weather. No more nightly tick-checks.



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Posted: 11/10/2013 3:57:20 PM
Thanks for the confirmation! But, I'm really sorry you are dealing with this too.




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Posted: 11/10/2013 4:01:00 PM

So while you're pulling ticks off your dog, I'm pulling them off my kids!


We use a tea tree oil based shampoo and Repel spray (plant-based, no DEET) for the kids, and the combination seems to work. I also treat their clothes with a spray tick repellant that lasts through several washings. I also cook a lot with garlic, and that makes people unappetizing to ticks. I just wish I could find something that worked as well for the dog.

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Posted: 11/10/2013 4:02:37 PM
Thanks for the tips!



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Posted: 11/10/2013 4:03:47 PM
Dumb question. We don't have a huge problem with ticks, but do you use the flea and tick drops year round? Or just during the warmer months? I bought a year supply (!! !!) thinking he needed it monthly.



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Posted: 11/10/2013 4:04:03 PM


We don't have a dog, but we live in a big deer tick area.


So while you're pulling ticks off your dog, I'm pulling them off my kids!

It's one of the definite "pros" about the cold weather. No more nightly tick-checks.



I had never seen a deer tick before finding the one on Little Bit. It took me a little to figure out it was a tick. I kept trying to make it out into a flea. LOL! Did I ever freak when it hit me that it was a deer tick!

The one that came of Girly was dh's first experience with a deer tick, too.

They have been in our 'area.' Guess they just made it to our specific area. We live at the base of a uninhabited mountain. Lots of wildlife. We keep them out of the woods though.





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Posted: 11/10/2013 4:08:17 PM
YooHoot,

I can't remember if the heartworm med we use includes a tick repellent or not. We've never used the drops.

Honestly, we have never had a problem with fleas or ticks. We have lived here going on 20 years. So, it hasn't been a concern.

That has changed, now.




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Posted: 11/10/2013 4:22:35 PM
I give him a chewable heartworm medication. I found one tick this summer on his back (we have LOTS of deer). Seems silly to give him drops when he's outside for less than 10 minutes to pee and bark at a couple leaves.



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Posted: 11/10/2013 5:09:49 PM
I haven't seen any since maybe late June? But prior to that they were absolutely insane this year! We would walk outside to get the mail and come back in with ticks! My Mom bought me something called a Tick Key that is a God-send for removing them, though. Love that thing!




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Posted: 11/10/2013 6:13:41 PM
Haven't seen a tick in over 35 years here


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Posted: 11/10/2013 6:53:25 PM
They've been horrible this fall here. I treat my dog, and I'm still finding a couple a day on her.

My vet recommended the treatments until we get a good 8-10 inches of snow on the ground. That's the only thing that sends them into hibernation. A frost or freeze doesn't slow them down.

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Posted: 11/10/2013 7:20:29 PM

We would walk outside to get the mail and come back in with ticks!


A FB friend mentioned one day that she went for wood from the woodpile outside, and came back in with 3 of them on her! ugh!



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Posted: 11/10/2013 7:26:58 PM
What area of the country do those of you with a tick problem live?

We have ticks here, but I think they stay in the mountains (Colorado)


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Posted: 11/10/2013 11:18:05 PM
I wish Freecharlie! I pulled off a "mudball" from my horses jaw late last spring that actually was a tick. There was a foot of snow on the ground at the time. I live in Fort Collins and my horse is boarded a bit north. The barn managers dogs that run that property had problems with them this summer too. Shudder.
My dogs also got fleas this fall and they are not supposed to be as common here either!
Enough with the creepy crawlies

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Posted: 11/10/2013 11:37:48 PM
we never had a problem until our neighbors moved in and brought their dog (adopted from new oleans)

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Posted: 11/11/2013 12:39:45 AM
Louwho,
that is interesting. I grew up in FC and my parents still live in the house I grew up in (NW FC near Poudre)


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Posted: 11/11/2013 12:42:23 AM
North Central Indiana and we've found way more ticks this year than any other. Our dog was just diagnosed with Lyme disease and the vet said they've seen a lot more cases this year than previous years. We also found a deer tick on dd during the summer. That's the first time I'd ever seen one in real life.


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Posted: 11/11/2013 5:59:13 AM
They were horrible last spring on our school playground. You could see them on the slides.

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Posted: 11/11/2013 7:17:46 AM
I'm in N.E. PA.

According to the Lyme Disease Association, the top 4 states for number of Lyme Disease cases are NY, CT, PA, & NJ.

So deer ticks are just something you have to deal with, here.

According to the CDC, 95% of all cases reported in 2012 came from just 13 states. So it is definitely a regional issue. (Although it's not all just in one area.)



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Posted: 11/11/2013 8:21:21 AM
I'm in New England, and Lyme disease is very common. Ticks are anywhere you have tall grasses or woods, which we have both of in our yard.

Those tick keys are awesome -- I was always losing half of it with the tweezers, but that key thing just swipes them right off.

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Posted: 11/11/2013 8:39:07 AM
We have woods and tall grass as well. Most people around here, do.

It's not uncommon for people to have 10-100 acres of land out here. People just mow a portion of their property.

And you don't even have to be in the long grass or woods yourself to wind up with a tick on you.


Early this Spring, when it was still colder out, there was a day when the only time I was outdoors was in our driveway, and then I walked from the driveway, down a stone path on the side of the house, to the back deck.

And I found a tick on myself that night.


My mother gets them when she's out gardening in her flower beds. She wears bracelet and anklet style repellents.



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Posted: 11/11/2013 8:51:12 AM

We normally don't have a tick problem, but I have found 3 tickets on Gingersnap since Friday! I think he is chasing balls into the wooded area at the back of our yard. Is there a tick remedy that works? His monthly flea/heartwork meds doesn't cover ticks.


We don't have a huge problem with ticks, but do you use the flea and tick drops year round?


His meds don't have tick prevention, but we use the flea and heartworm combo year round.


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Posted: 11/11/2013 10:58:58 AM
I'm in Western KY and they were bad this year. I use Frontline for fleas and ticks. Its been working great. I have also a collar that the vet suggested and it worked really good. jUst kind of expensive when you pair it with a flea pill. So I combined.



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Posted: 11/11/2013 11:36:51 AM
I've had the same dogs for 8 years and they've never had a tick or flea until this year. They've been really bad. I bathe them continuously and use medicine I got from our vet. Despite $50 of pills per month, using cedar oil and bathing regularly, it's been tough to stay on top of it. Welcoming the cold nights to finally kill off what's outdoors!


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Posted: 11/11/2013 11:38:31 AM
I forgot to mention I'm in South Carolina and our vet says fleas and ticks have been very bad here this year.


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