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    We came back from a camping trip at the coast last night. We've been going to that place for years and have only once encountered ticks there and that was in the middle of winter, after a very wet autumn.

    I checked my daughter's head when she said she was itchy and felt little bumps. All I could see was tiny scabs, which I pulled off. It was only when we came home and pulled one off myself that I realised that they were ticks after all. Tinier than a pinhead! We would have needed a magnifying glass to see them properly.

    So I have bugger all chance to find them on Banjo with her dense double coat! She's on Comfortis for fleas, so no tick protection. All I can think of is to give her a bath with tick shampoo and hope for the best. Or would putting frontline on her now still do the trick?

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    Maybe ring the vet and ask if frontline will work? Just remember not to use advantix if Banjo has any contact with your cat

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    Called the vet. They said the shampoo wouldn't do anything, the Frontline spray may work but they said the best thing to do was to shave her! Which I really don't want to do because I worry her coat won't grow back the same way. And we can't always shave her when we go camping. So we decided to just work on finding a method to check her systematically. And we think we found 3 ticks. They were so tiny and we couldn't find a magnifying glass in the house. So some could've just been harmless scabs. One was definitely a tick though. And we feel pretty confident we checked her all over. Took us over an hour.

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    Shave her?? Hysterical reaction much!?

    Are they paralysis ticks? They sound like tiny grass ticks.

    Revolution? Sentinel? A tick collar?

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    Just use tick treatment of choice. Read label, follow instructions.
    Do not shave the dog! For goodness sakes, this advice is from the dark ages circa 1050AC, when we thought shaving would stop head lice on kids/dogs etc. That era. Total stuff n nonsense.

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    I'd check again tonight...by then any of them should have swelled up nicely and will be easy to find.

    My old Lab used to get them nearly everyday and soon built up a immunity of sorts to them. Even though we checked him everyday a few still went unnoticed and he got paralysis in the hind legs at least 3 times that i recall. Luckily he recovered very well after each time.

    Buggers of things those little blighters !!


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    I have a long haired GSD. Id never be able to find ticks or fleas if i tried!

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    They look like paralysis tick nymphs, if I compare them to the pictures of local ticks I can find. But they are so tiny it's impossible to be sure without a strong magnifying glass or microscope.

    One of the ones I pulled off myself had been there for at least 24hrs (I felt something but then kinda forgot about it) and it was still tiny.

    We'll do another check tonight to be sure we didn't miss any. It's always hard to tell if dogs are affected by ticks or just recovering from a tiring weekend at the beach. Banjo has been sleeping all day.

    ETA: Just had a better read on Wikipedia and learnt that paralysis tick larvae are commonly referred to as grass ticks. And that only the adult females can cause paralysis. And whatever they are, they don't look like the adult ticks I've seen. So no danger after all. We definitely should have found an adult tick during our search too. But I'll check the risk areas again tonight just to make sure.

    And Bernie, Banjo is short haired, but her fur is ridiculously dense. It is really hard to see her skin. So it was a hard job. But at least she is mostly light coloured. The darker bit along her spine was much harder.
    Last edited by Beloz; 10-08-2013 at 04:12 PM.

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