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    My D has just informed me that Kirby (GR) is on antibiotics because they found a tick on him. I don't know the details of what type of poison it is but I was told that he possibly got it from the backyard! He has apparently a wound on the back of his neck (could be the bite!?).
    I don't know much about ticks but I know that they are dangerous both to humans and dogs.
    My D has gone on holidays and has a friend housesitting and looking after Kirby. However, so as to feel like he hasn't been abandoned, I was asked to go over when I can and take Mimi along.
    I am scared for Mimi (and for me too!). If the ticks are in the backyard shouldn't it be sprayed or something to kill them?

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    Not sure about Melbourne but we get a lot of paralysis ticks up here. Proban is good for keeping them at bay, I"m sure your vet will reccommend a good product for you.

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    Thanks Malinois. Is there a name for the tick you have over there (or the bacteria/disease)? Is it only one sort that we have here in Australia? I searched the internet and the US has about half a dozen different ones with a variety of disease names.

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    I'm not sure if you get paralyis ticks down there but I would think that maybe you do?
    There are a couple of ticks that are common that wont cause the problems that paralysis ticks do.

    And yep,there are a couple of Tick/flea treatments that can be used and just make sure you go completely over Mimi once you get home
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    Thanks Choppa. I spoke to D today and she said that the vet said it was not a "bad" tick. My son-in-law felt it when he was patting him and took him immediately to the Vet. What do you recommend for a flea/tick treatment? Should I use it "before" I take Mimi there or just after? The two of them are like children and like to wrestle a lot and they are forever chewing each other's necks and pulling fur.

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    I spoke to my vet only the last two weeks(Melb).....he said that the ticks they have in Melbourne are nothing to worry about......you stilll have to "be aware" and look out for them and "know what you are looking for".....especially if your dog has been running in tall/long grass. But there has been no reports of paralyis ticks in Melbourne at this stage.

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    Thats good to hear then Paw-Sha

    Mimi Advantix is a good treatment , it also has the bonus of zapping all these little beasties too ;
    Kill and repel Paralysis Ticks
    Kill and repel Brown Dog and Bush Ticks
    Kill Dog Fleas
    Kill Flea Larvae
    Reduce Flea Allergy Dermatitis
    Repel and kill Mosquitoes and Sand Flies
    Control Lice

    Once you have treated her it should be fine to let her wrestle as much as she wants But still go over her as well each night just to be sure. We seem to be in a bad tick season this year.
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    Yes we get more than one sort of Tick in Australia. The bad ones cause paralysis, but some people and dogs can get anaphalatic shock from ordinary ticks (or other insect bites / stings).

    It's pretty rare to have ticks in the urban areas of the southern states, but as soon as you go bush - it's possible.

    For finding australian info you can use
    Google and click "pages from Australia" before you click "google search"

    You can limit the search to particular sites by putting
    site:gov.au

    ie to limit to only sites with urls ending in gov.au or whatever you want.

    lots info here from various government websites around australia.
    tick dogs site:gov.au - Google Search

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    Thanks Paw-Sha. I am now VERY aware of ticks! Mimi runs in tall grass all the time at the park where grass is longest near the creek.
    Choppa, thanks for the info. I will buy Advantix today and treat her before we visit Kirby. and after..
    Hyacinth, thanks for the dog sites. It is useful to know.

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