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    Default We Have Ticks- in Winter...

    Just found 2 ticks on Roscoe last night- its cold here (we are in the Blue Mts) 0 to 15 degrees. I am surprised to find them at this time of year. I had eased off on the advantix over winter and had got slack about tick searching also... just posting to remind people to keep their tick prevention up!
    we do bushwalk everyday... anyway- he has had a dose of spot on advantix just in case there were more (and to prevent him getting others) and seems ok. I have kept a close eye on him ready to rush to the vets but thankfully we seem to have passed through ok.

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    Speaking of oddities, in May, when it was so cold, the fattest red bellied black snake that hubby had ever seen was in with the dogs in their pen.
    I was away and it was only after the 3 dogs had expensive tests to see if they had been bitten, (nope) that he told me that Jodi had it in her mouth and it was striking at her head.

    He said it should have been way to cold for it to be about.

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    I live in a high tick prone area (NW Sydney) and we normally have ticks all year round.

    For the first time in a long time we had a spell of about 6 months, starting from January when we had that terrible heat without tick, but in the last two weeks I've pulled ticks off the dogs.

    So we are back on treatment.

    For my two long coated breeds I've had more success with tick collars, the spot-on products despite being applied every two weeks still wasn't enough.

    The Whippets I can spot ticks on as their fur will kink up. For them I use Frontline Spray.

    But regardless all my dogs are checked daily for ticks.

    I don't rely on any product to deter ticks because a tick can take three days before it dies on the dog from the product so if a dog has multiple ticks it can be very touch and go.

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    Mac.....
    I've had more success with tick collars
    Is it really that effective? Have you ever used permoxin? I have used permoxin as preventative way to tick but my dogs absolutely hate it. I am happy to try the tick collar if you think they are very effective.
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    I have six dogs and I've tried everything and keep coming back to the Preventix Tick Collar as it's the only product that prevents the tick from attaching in the first place. Lots of members, particularly the BC owners at my obedience club have also converted to the collar with good results.

    I have not once found a tick on either the Borzoi or Gordon Setter while wearing the tick collar.

    To give you some idea of how bad our area is our local vets (there are 3 in the area) have posters up in their waiting rooms with the number of dogs they treat for tick poisoning every month. Some months it is over 100 dogs they treat.

    And it's not just limited to the dogs, we routinely remove ticks from ourselves. One day I went on a gardening spree and at the end of the day removed over a 100 very tiny nymph stage ticks off me. We stopped counting when we reached about 90.

    We almost lost our Gordon a few years back before I was using the collar. I was finding the ticks but more kept attaching so while no one tick was responsible it was the consecutive ticks, one after another that eventually brought her down.

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    I should also state that if you have young kids who love to hug and put their face into the dogs coat don't use a tick collar. My skids are teenagers and they know not to put their faces into the dogs coats when they are wearing a tick collar.

    If you have more than one observe carefully to make sure they don't chew them off each other. Mine leave the tick collars well alone, even puppies.

    I use the tick collar as a last resort, I feel if I don't I will loose a dog to paralysis tick.

    I let the collar air for two days before putting it on the dog.

    I only use it on my coated dogs as physical searches are more difficult.

    Whenever there is a lessening of ticks I will give the dogs a break from the tick collars.

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    I wonder if the tick collar would wk if we only applied it when bushwalking and removed it while at home? I dont want to leave them on 24/7- we have small children who are up close to the dog... and I worry about the harm to the dog.

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    I think it would lessen the effect considerably.

    It takes about 24 hours for particles from the collar to work thru the dogs coat.

    I think it would work well if you were camping for a weekend, put it on the thursday night and remove monday night.

    A couple of pensioners at my club all with BC use Frontline spot-on applications and then after two weeks will put the tick collar on for the extra coverage as the Frontline/Advantix is less effective for ticks after two weeks. They will put the collar back into it's pouch and save it for the next month. So they combine the two but only during the last two weeks of the monthly application of Frontline/Advantix.

    My understanding is that it's not good to combine the tick collars with other treatments - too much chemicals; would have to research that further to be certain. But as one guy has been doing that for the life of his two BC's now in the double digits I can't dispute his methods.

    Frontline/Advantix gets into the hair follicles and oil glands on your dogs skin. My Gordon has about 11 hair follicles tumors. I can't say if there is any correlation between her getting the tumors and using these spot on products constantly especially when she was younger (now almost 6yo), I did ask the vet and they said no, but since having stopped she hasn't got any more tumors.

    However I do know that hair follicle tumors are a lot less dangerous than a paralysis tick. I just hate using chemical on my dogs and am really frustrated that the ticks have returned. I'm thinking it was the intense dry heat we had over summer (no where near the normal humid Sydney weather) that kept the ticks away for a while.
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    have any of you tried the proban tablets?

    When I went to the hunter last year, I put my dog on those. And we were all good, despite her doing a bit of bush running around the creek. Some other dogs that went bush walking on the hill over the back of where we were staying were not so lucky.

    And there was one vet there who did a really thorough check twice a day on her dog, checked inside its ears and around the gums and lips as well as between the toes and all over the coat. I felt a bit useless watching that. But I'm pretty good at feeling for lumps on my dog's coat. Lately they've all been mud spots. What you get when you have a puddle monster.

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    Unfortunately the ticks around here just laugh at Proban.

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