I went on a long hike through the woods with Sully this weekend. She took her monthly Nexgard treatment the day before and although we removed many ticks from her fur, none were attached and she remains tick free. Apparently the treatment is corgi successful because I took nothing and had to remove a tick embedded in my scalp this morning. I think it is going to be a tough season. By the way, there are still patches of snow out there but those little ass-hats are wide awake and ready to strike!

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Comment by Becky S on April 18, 2015 at 6:38pm

sounds like a logical theory Jane... I also know that we had 2 patients who ended up with a very rare heart condition due to a tick bite by a certain only found by Hayward MN

Comment by Jane Christensen on April 17, 2015 at 7:43am

To me it would make sense that a dog could find other ticks on other animals since their sense of smell is so good and a tick when it digs in would leave a bit of blood?????

Comment by Holly on April 17, 2015 at 12:10am

OMG!! Can Brodie stay with us until the first frost? That is so amazing. I wonder if he can detect cancer. What an incredible story. I thought my doctor was really over-reacting when he insisted I be seen within 24 hours but I guess the fact that it was a deer tick and we live in the Lyme disease sweet spot, plus it was attached more than 36 hours meant it had to be treated immediately. The antibiotic was hard to keep down but the bite was swollen and I was told it had the bull's eye rash. I couldn't see it on the back of my head but I am glad I listened to the doctor. I still can't believe something so tiny can be so dangerous to things so much bigger. Vicky you have had so many crazy creepy critter experiences. Yikes! 

Comment by Becky S on April 16, 2015 at 9:34pm

Brodie can and does detect any ticks on Lilly. He snuffles all over her and when he finds one he pokes his nose on the spot repeatedly.... 100% of the time, sure enough a tick probably too small for me to have found for a while.  If I thought he would do this with other dogs I'd hire him out.

Comment by susan on April 15, 2015 at 11:32pm
I'm paranoid about ticks these days too. I never used to be but one of my friends has contracted Lymes disease and it's very debilitating. Jeli doesn't take any kind of tick preventative on a regular basis. We've just been using tick collars for the rare times we are in potential tick territory. However my vet is telling me there is a new flea and tick pill out there. It's called bravecta I think. It may be worth researching.
Comment by Vicky Hay on April 15, 2015 at 2:33pm

Yuck!!! Hate those things!

Fortunately so far the Funny Farm hasn't had a problem. Years ago, though, I had a doberman pinscher who came from the breeder so infested with ticks that even after having a professional spray the house and yard three times (during each of which, the dog resided at the vet's and enjoyed a tick dip, to which he happened to be allergic), we couldn't get rid of them. The house had all desert landscaping -- gravel 360 degrees. The bugs must have gotten into the carpet and thought it was the driest grass ever known to tickdom.

Comment by Jane Christensen on April 15, 2015 at 11:52am

Thanks Holly....just found my 1st tick but it may have crawled off the dog onto me...haha!

Comment by Jane Christensen on April 15, 2015 at 12:26am

Oh, forgot we'll have them too before  long:( Luckily they're only bad for about a month.

Comment by Linda on April 14, 2015 at 10:33pm

I live in a major tick/Lyme area and none of our dogs or us humans ever had a tick.  Two summers ago we were down in TN visiting out daughter and we hiked around the area of the Battle Above The Clouds in Chattanooga and when we got back to our hotel I had a tick on my ankle.

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