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    Be careful and check your dogs if they go through tall grass or go roll around on a field. I've had to pull four ticks off my dog in the last week!

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    And check everywhere, even in places you would not normally look!
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    One problem we do not have down here....And I do not seem to have a flea problem either.

    I hate ticks, used to live in the NT and Qld
    Pets are forever

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    My old Lab would get at least 4 a day when we lived in a rural area of the Gold coast hinterland. Even though we checked every day he still became paralysed twice in 12 years and in the end almost was immune to them like the local roos where. We still checked every day though, it was a full on job. I hate them with a passion and as a kid it was most upsetting to see my mate not been able to stand properly. We where lucky we didnt loose him to the little buggers.


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    One problem we do not have down here
    I wondered why I keep thinking Newfsie lives in Tasmania.

    Pretty sure you live north of where I live Newfsie, not to mention north of everyone in Victoria too.

    When I visited some tick country in the Hunter, I fed my dog proban tick tablets from when I left to after I got back. Did check for ticks, didn't find any.

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    We live in a high tick area. We get ticks off ourselves and our dog routinely.

    Body search is the best thing. If they are very tiny (nymph stage) don't worry just remove and keep searching. Most common area of attachment is the shoulders where the dogs runs thru the long grasses where the ticks wait for a host animal to latch onto.

    If they are at the bigger stage then watch your dog carefully; change in bark wobbly legs are some of the signs.

    No product will deter paralysis tick with any certainty. But by far the most successful one I've used has been the preventix tick collar.

    I also use Frontline Spray every couple of days on the dogs when they don't wear collars, especially around their necks, legs and chests and shoulder area.

    If one of our dogs scratches we check that area carefully for ticks. We don't have any fleas, I suppose treating for ticks we eliminate fleas.

    I don't torture the ticks it only makes them inject more poison, I get a tick remover and get them out asap.

    One day after gardening I removed over 100 ticks from myself, they were like tiny specks or grains of sand they were so small.

    I ended up on antibiotics later on when I got just one tick, it was at the larger stage.

    By looking at the legs you can tell the difference between a paralysis tick and a bush tick. Paralysis ticks have reddish legs and the one closest to the body is slightly longer. Don't assume because it's body is black that it's not a paralysis tick, it may just be at a young age. What you do have to be aware of is that a few months down the track those nymphs will be larger and this is when they are at their most deadly.
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    Hyacinth, as far as I know, in Southern Australia you only get ticks close to the coast. We don't get them in the ACT. But at the Far South Coast - especially in winter when it's been wet - it's crawling with them.

    My old dog seemed pretty immune to the paralysis ticks fortunately. She once had at least 2 stuck on her for a couple of days. It just made her a bit lethargic, but no serious symptoms. That was in the early days when I didn't know about the danger. Her fur made it also almost impossible to find them. Though she loved me checking her every day when we were camping.

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    Do you have to spray your house after you have had a dog with ticks in there?
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    Ewwwww MAC, that many ticks. Bless this area, no ticks

    I would think that you might be better off letting off a flea bomb, not that I profess to be an expert at all. The thought of them being around would just give me the willys
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    Carl was paralysed by a tick in early 2009, most harrowing experience of my life. At that point they were not on anything to control ticks. Now they all have preventix collars and advantix.

    I found 2 on Carl back in July when we went to Camden for a horse event -- suffice to say I went out right away to buy tick preventatives!


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