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    Depends where you are Bernie. No amount of prevention is guaranteed in my area. One month the sign in the local vet clinic said they treated over 100 dogs for ticks.

    Ticks survive in any conditions but they have preferred areas. Coastal mainly and damp humid bush. It also depends on how much bush and shrubs you have as ticks like to go to the top of tall grasses and wait for a victim. They also love bandicoots, we have bandicoots here, many become immune to them - the tick goes thru it's various stages dropping off the bandicoots. And where there is bandicoots there is tall grasses etc.

    I've lived in this area for 25 years, prior to that I grew up in the tick capital of Australia the Northern Beaches of Sydney. When I moved to this area I had one tick in 16 years, I moved again still in the same suburb but bingo lots of ticks, I moved again 4 years ago and still ticks.

    I've put that much frontline etc on my Setter that she has developed hair follicle tumors. I blame the Frontline and Advantix and I'd still use it if it worked on ticks. But it doesn't in a high tick area because you get multiple ticks and three days to die on the dog with multiple ticks means you will lose a dog. We've had much better luck with the tick collars Preventix. But I don't like them on the dogs year round. So they go on as soon as we find an adult tick on the dogs.

    This is a wonderful area for dogs, no limits or licenses etc required, but the ticks and snakes suck. The next place I move to once the skids have left school and got their licenses etc I will be researching to see if it's tick prone.

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    Here is an article that was in today's paper Tick all boxes to keep pet safe | Sunshine Coast Pets | Animal and Dog News in Sunshine Coast | Sunshine Coast Daily

    There aren't meant to be any ticks here - there is a 'dip' station at the bottom of the hill and all horses and livestock coming up must be treated, but I really don't think that it will completely control the ticks (it would be quite easy for horse float or truck full of cattle to sneak through late at night) so I'm off to buy tick collars tomorrow!

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    Fortunately we don't get them in Canberra, but there are plenty on the NSW South Coast. We went camping for a week in winter once on the Far South Coast after it had been raining for weeks. Paralysis ticks everywhere! Constant checking and pulling them of humans and dog. A friend ended up paying $1000 for the vet to save the JRTx she'd brought down. My old dog seemed pretty immune to them. Just got a bit lethargic, even if she had multiple on her for a couple of days - which happened once before I knew what to look for! But she had a single coat and even though it was the same colour as the ticks, they were relatively easy to find.

    I now have a dog with a double coat and it takes me like an hour to check her. And even then, I am never sure if I've felt everywhere and could easily miss them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kristy.Maree View Post
    There aren't meant to be any ticks here - there is a 'dip' station at the bottom of the hill and all horses and livestock coming up must be treated, but I really don't think that it will completely control the ticks (it would be quite easy for horse float or truck full of cattle to sneak through late at night) so I'm off to buy tick collars tomorrow!
    Good idea, paralysis ticks are spread by native animals.
    Allegedly tick collars are only 80-90% effective, it's still a good idea to check your furbubs every day or so.

    Misha's coat is so thick and long that I can only check by running my fingers over her body and limbs. When I felt the lump yesterday I then looked at that spot and found the tick. My biggest concern is between her toes ( a popular spot for ticks!) as she doesn't like me examining her feet.

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