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Hi Everyone,

I've been doing some reading up on 'Ticks' this afternoon, and although we haven't encountered any as yet with Brad, i've put together a little guide for any of you that come across these horrid little creatures!


How To Remove Ticks

You are probably aware of prevention treatment & products to get rid of ticks or prevent them from feeding on your lab, and it's always a good idea to talk to your vet about what is available. However, if your Lab comes into contact often with any wildlife, such as sheep or deer, they are likely to pick up ticks from time to time.

Before they attach themselves, ticks look a little like tiny spiders but once they are engorged with blood they turn a pinkish-grey colour with a body the size of a small pea.

Although harmless in themselves, ticks in some areas of the UK now carry the serious Lyme Disease. If you spot a tick on your Lab, it should be removed as quickly as possible. Due to the risk of Lyme Disease, the old advice of allowing ticks to drop off by themselves no longer applies. If your Lab has been on a walk with close contact to wildlife, it is important that you inspect them very carefully afterwards, as you may spot ticks in their coat, before the ticks have a chance to attach themselves.

You will find that it is much easier to remove a tick, once it is dead.

- Firstly, grab the tick by the head or mouth parts right where they enter the skin. Do not grasp the tick by the body. (It has been known to apply vegetable oil or petroleum jelly to the tick first, but this does not cause the tick to 'back' out. This has been done in an attempt to kill the tick as they breathe through their skins. The disadvantage of killing the tick first is the risk that the irritants may cause the tick to deposit more disease-carrying saliva in the wound.) Be very careful not to squeeze the body of the tick.

- To pull them off, you will need to grip them as close to your labs skin as possible, using tweezers or a special tick-removing instrument you can buy. It is best not to use your fingers to remove or dispose of the tick. Do not squash the tick with your fingers. The contents of the tick can transmit disease.

- Once you have gripped them, pull. Without jerking, pull firmly and steadily directly outward. Do not twist the tick as you are pulling.

- When pulling, try to make sure that the head of the tick is removed as well as the body.

- Afterwards, clean the bite wound with a mild antiseptic and wash your hands.

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Hope this helps.

Julie
 

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A subject very clsoe to my heart, sadly. Ticks are a massive problem where I live. They carry piroplasmosis (Coco's already had it once and it's fatal if not treated). I've got one of these. They work without fail.



Check out the facts at this web site

[web:a633ffae7a]http://www.otom.com/[/web:a633ffae7a]

Use a product like Frontline to protect them and groomer regularly.
 

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Thanks Julie.... very informative....just feeling itchy reading....

Ticks are a major problem here .... I get a frontline treatment done every month from the vet But still i find ticks :? ....We have hundreds of strays lurking our streets....and i believe that ticks can jump on passing dogs 2....

Maddie i'm looking at the tick twister just wondering how can it pull...
 

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Easy, you hook the hooky bit on the end around mouth of tick then gently twist it yourself. The tick lets go and it just comes off. No need really to pull at all therefore no risk of leaving mouth bits in dog. As I said, ticks are a massive problem where I live, one of the worst affected areas in Europe and I swear by my Otom!

If you click in the web page (int he message) under english or american flag then click on instructions for use it's got some natty diagrams.
 

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Ok, I am going to sound 100% dumb here but how will I notice that one of my dogs has a tick?? We had a customer come into the pool this morning who when showering her dog (before she went into the pool) said, oh theres a tick - this was a long haired golden retriever and I never saw the tick so I am now wondering if my guys have had/have them and I have not noticed.

They are both frontlined every 2 months as advised by the vets.....will this mean they wont get them??!!

Help!! 8O
 

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Hi CharlieBrewer,

It's my understanding that a good treatment regularly such as frontline, protects against ticks as well.

With regard to knowing if they have one or not, it's a case of looking for them...regular brushing and good grooming will help, we generally check Brad all over once daily.

Nicola - That looks like a great tool!!


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Hi all,

On lonesome late patrol !!!! lol

I think Frontline only protects against Ticks for one month, fleas and mange two months.

Infact...hang on I'll go check...... brb....yep thought so..it says cover only and up to a month for ticks...........
 

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yes rhoni you said it right...

Frontline protects from ticks for a month and fleas for 2 months....

Julie just like you i check frodo daily for ticks i have to else my bundle of joy wud be bundle of ticks :wink:

Nicola the twister is good once the tick has settled onto the skin...In my case coz of my daily monitoring i get them before they get a chance to suck his blood...very few ones get to be sucker
 

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As Vidhya says, groomng is a top tip . I groom mine at least three times daily but still an odd one can slip through the net. At least it's only been attached for a couple of hours max by the time I get to it.

I've been involved in a discussion on another forum about this very subject. It's mostly concering France but the advice is still sound wherever you live. This is what my friend "Deimos" has to say on the subject.

"...whilst ticks are not pleasant things, it is the diseases they carry that concern most people. Pirpolasmose [piroplasmosis or babesiosis] can kill you dog within a few days (so its pretty serious). The reported distribution in France is shown http://fr.merial.com/pdfs/prevention/Leaflet_PIRODOG_tryp_ok_2_quest.pdf .
One of Nicola’s dogs caught it last year. Lyme is also a risk (carried by ticks) but not so devastating. So, Whilst not mandatory, most people consider it [tick treatment] pretty important.

Note that Frontline does not stop ticks attaching but does kill them before there is a disease risk (I believe a tick has to be attached for 48 hours before your dog is at risk of catching a disease from the tick). Other chemicals claim to stop ticks attaching (e.g. Advantix) but are stronger (and thus have more insecticide, etc.). Many people also have the tick hooks (special little hooks available from vets in France) that are great for removing ticks with their heads (i.e. everything). Also, people regularly check their dogs to remove any that have attached."

Ticks are nasty blighters. In the UK they are nasty but don't carry the diseases they do in other parts of the world. I live in one of the worse affected areas in France (dept 31 - Haute Garonne) where there are MORE THAN 500 cases per year per veterinary practice. Thankfully I am aware of the diseases they carry and the symptoms of the disease and our vets are totally geared up to treatment. If I was not Coco would be dead, and I'm not joking, these diseases are fatal if not treated.

Sorry to keep hammering on but having had first hand and personal experience of ticks, the diseases they carry and treatment I feel pretty justified !!! :lol: :lol:
 

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Well am i glad i read up on ticks last week and how to remove them!

Just found one on Brad after returning from a long walk, and managed to remove it successfully with some tweezers! 8O Was an ugly looking thing at that!!

He is frontlined monthly...but looks like this blighter still wanted to have a bite!!

Thanks for the info Nicola, i'm glad we have someone experienced in these creatures...sounds like it's a big problem where you live.

Regards,

Julie
 

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In the UK ticks can carry lyme disease too, they do in the New Forest Richey and Vogue both get checked when they've been in the forest.
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I use Frontline spray, but a friend recently told me that if you grab them with tweezers at the head and twist anti-clockwise they come out. Apparently clockwise causes problems though.

Has anyone heard of this?
 

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has anyone looked at the realplayer footage on the above otom twister site? firstly the music must have been borrowed from a porn movie lol, and most importantly, they twist CLOCKWISE??
 

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Gordon Benito! I've always twisted clockwise! :lol: :lol:
 

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Thank heavens for this post - we have just come back from our morning walk, and Charlie was lying on his back knackered with me rubbing his tummy and I noticed something down by his nether region, thinking it was dried mud I went to brush it away only to see it was in fact a tick 8O

I eventually found some tweezers (why can you never find anything when you want them!) and pulled the little swine out - having never removed a tick before I was amazed how hard I had to pull to get it out! 8O

Poor Charlie was not impressed!! I have just checked them both over and not found anything else - he must have picked it up last night or this morning because he had a bath and a good brush yesterday!

As for me, well i feel horribly itchy so am off for a long shower!!!! 8O :? :wink:
 

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ok here's a silly question. Once you pull the thing out what do you do with it? Put it in a tissue, squish and flush?

And whats a mild antiseptic for animals - could you use a solution of human detol on dogs?
 

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Hi Amanda!

I put it down the sink followed by some bleach and a kettle full of boiling water - also bleached the tweezers....

I used a dab of dettol on Charlie and then a little Savlon because the poor mite was bleeding - bless him!
 
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