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    Default Moving To Hunter Valley

    Hi my name is Tricia and I have a 4 month old Papillon called Smoochy. We're moving to to the Hunter Valley all the way from Perth and I'm hoping to find other dog lovers to make friends with!

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    Hi SmoochyPoochy

    Your puppy is gorgeous. Welcome to the forum.

    If you're moving to the Hunter - you need to find out - ideally in advance - about tick treatment and prevention and checking - for your dog because they do have paralysis ticks in that area. And on long haired dogs - they can be very hard to find.

    Hunter Valley is close to Lake Macquarie area - which is gorgeous and there are some really nice beaches and holiday spots too. Though it all tends to be wetter and mouldier than Perth ever is.

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    Oh yuck! Thanks for the heads up, I've never even seen a tick here. Other than hiding in his ears I should be able to see them quite easy on smoochy poochy because he's err, a shaved papillon.

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    Welcome Smoochy and tricia,
    The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.
    Mohandas Gandhi

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    Hi SmoochyPoochy

    Are you sure you didn't mean to get a chinese crested - though that's not the first Papillion I've seen with a radically short hair cut. The other one liked nothing better to roll in mud.

    As far as the tick search goes, you also have to check around and inside the dog's lips, eye lids, and nether regions and between the toes, armpits etc. Basically you're looking for a tiny lump that's new or different. So doing the search twice a day can be quite fun for dog and owner. And even if you find an effective tick prevention collar or spot on or tablet, you still need to do the searches.

    Maybe when you find your new vet in the area - you can ask them to show you how. The place I visited in the Hunter, had an extremely shaggy and neglected BC wandering the place, and I'd be willing to bet based on it's dreadlocks that it never got checked. And yet two other dogs from WA did pick up paralysis ticks. My dog escaped - I did check her and I fed her tablets called "proban" for the period leading upto, during and just after I was there - not sure if you can still get those.

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