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    Default Tick Prevention

    I was in the middle of replying to some ones thread when my computer crashed and I lost everything and now can't find the original thread so thought I would start again.

    I live in a very high paralysis tick area. We are even removing them from ourselves on occasion.

    For our long coated setter the best prevention has been the Preventix Tick Collar. The fact that it is also the most economical is just a bonus.

    But nothing replaces the hands on check by getting fingers down thru the coat and massaging along the skin. The most prevalent place for ticks to attach are the head, neck and shoulder areas but they can be everywhere.

    The liquid applications that go on the back of the neck need to be done every two weeks for ticks, not monthly and my long haired dog has gotten several ticks while having these products. It takes 3 days for the tick to die on the dog so if your dog gets multiple ticks the dog can still get very sick/die before all the ticks die.

    The collar must be left on at all times, never removed. When you wash the dog remember that it will not have cover for 24 hours.

    If you do use the liquid applications for a large dog it is best to put it on the neck, half way down the back and above the tail so that it can spread to all areas of the dog (using the same application).

    If you see your dog scratch, you check.

    Remove any ticks you see immediately, don't wait, even if you don't get the head out if you squash the body it still dies, the possible and I say possible infection your dog MAY get from the head being left in will be nothing to the tick staying in a minute longer than it has too. Get the head out later.

    Don't fiddle with the tick while it's in the dogs body as it makes the tick inject more poison, I know because I've felt them on myself. So I use my thumb nail and forefinger to remove them then and there rather than go search for the tweezers and then have to re-find the tick.

    If the tick is very small your dog will be ok but if you are worried go to the vet (we've lived in this area for a long time now and gotten used to what requires a vet and what doesn't), if you see any symptoms that your dog is unwell go immediately to the vet, signs of paralysis tick poisoning are weakness in legs and a change in bark either or both.

    If you find one tick keep looking.

    Keep grass and shrubs clear, ticks like to wait in long grass and bush for a suitable host to walk by and then attach.

    Hope this helps.
    Last edited by mouseandchicken; 06-03-2010 at 07:21 AM.

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    That would have been me

    Thankyou very much for such a detailed response. The vet mentioned taking the collar off if he swims and then popping it back on afterwards - obviously you've disagreed. Does removing it completely bugger the effectiveness or does it just create a period of time (after putting it back on) where it won't protect him?

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    No remove the collar while swimming and then put it back on as yes it will ruin the collar. Be aware the next 24 hours or so the coverage will not be there so double your physical checks. When I said never removed I mean to take the dog for a walk or in the house and such. Water will ruin the collar and even when you put it back on it takes about 24 hours for coverage to return.

    I also change the collar on Gemma about every 6 or 7 weeks rather than 8 weeks during peak times. Or when the ticks are at their larger stage of life which is more dangerous again.
    Last edited by mouseandchicken; 06-03-2010 at 08:23 AM.

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    Great information thanks MAC

    I remember when my dog had a paralysis tick, first time we noticed something was wrong was that she wouldn't jump up on the trampoline with us which she really loved. She also couldn't really bark and when going to the toilet she had trouble using her back legs. Luckily dad found the tick and she was ok.

    Another time my in-laws cat had a few paralysis ticks and had managed to get herself home, looked almost dead and limp and had to stay at the vets, then come home and recover with lots of medication.

    So my advice is do everything that MAC has suggested! Save yourself the heartache, your dog the pain and the huge vet bills!

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