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Old 11.05.2009, 20:30
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Re: tick control for dogs

I find the easiest way to get them out is to out some cheap spirit like vodka onto a cotton bud, rub the area close to the tick. Wait a few mins' then they seem to come out easier, then wipe the wound with the bud to clean it.

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Old 12.05.2009, 13:18
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Thanks Papa Goose - I will try that! Cheers
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My dogs have never had so many ticks, they have flea and tick collars on, have had the jab, and I've gone back to using Frontline Combo. I hate the damn things, but all you can do is give the treatments and check them after everywalk.

There was an article in the local paper and it said that ticks are really bad this year. Once you have taken all the necessary precautions for your dogs all you can do is check them carefully. I've got my tweezers and disinfectants on standby. The article also recommended wearing proper clothing and this is particular important for dog walking. I always wear a hat as checking one's scalp is not easy. I also wear long sleeves, long pants and tuck my pants into my socks (or boots). I hate using the spray. I have had my immunization (series of 3 shots) which are good for 5 years.
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Re: tick control for dogs

Hi All, Just took my dog to the Vet's recently and the Vet advised that the Zurich Uni animal hospital DOES NOT recommend vaccines against tick borne diseases. He said that if my dog does get infected, he can be treated with antibiotics. Also that the vac would not protect against all the different tick borne diseases. He was of the opinion that other Vets give these vaccinations to 'make some extra money' for unnecessary vaccines. However, a friend's Vet did recommend that her dogs get vaccinated... so seems like there isn't a standard recommendation in Zurich for or against tick-vaccines? Wonder what other Vet's are advising and what other peeps are following. I obviously want to do all that I can to keep my dog safe, however don't want to give 'unnecessary' vaccinations either. So... to vaccinate or not.. is the question.
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I find the easiest way to get them out is to out some cheap spirit like vodka onto a cotton bud, rub the area close to the tick. Wait a few mins' then they seem to come out easier, then wipe the wound with the bud to clean it.
From what I've read you shouldn't apply anything to the tick before removing it. Alcohol can make the tick regurgitate its stomach contents into the bite increasing the chances of infection.
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From what I've read you shouldn't apply anything to the tick before removing it. Alcohol can make the tick regurgitate its stomach contents into the bite increasing the chances of infection.
That's what they say.
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From what I've read you shouldn't apply anything to the tick before removing it. Alcohol can make the tick regurgitate its stomach contents into the bite increasing the chances of infection.
The veterinarian instructed me to pull the tick with tweezers and then apply antiseptic to the area. It is important to check that no part of the tick is still left in the skin, which can happen even when you remove the tick carefully.
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Also that the vac would not protect against all the different tick borne diseases.
There's no 100% vaccine against Lymes disease according to my doctor. That's why it's important to look out for symptoms in dogs and people. I found out I had it because I got a big circular rash, guessed what it might be and got to the doc quick enough that antibiotics stopped it it's tracks. I had a friend who got it in America and didn't find out until he woke up morning with half his face paralysed. Very nasty. He now has to have botox injections every month for the rest of his life.
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From what I've read you shouldn't apply anything to the tick before removing it. Alcohol can make the tick regurgitate its stomach contents into the bite increasing the chances of infection.
That's correct, applying something to the tick will make it slippy, therefore increasing the likelyhood of pressing the tick and it releasing it's toxic saliva. Applying alcohol to the skin close to the tick, seams to get the tick to release it's grip slightly, making it easier to remove. It will also act as an anticeptec to clean the area. I also don't like tweezers as I find it difficult to judge the amount pf pressure, so I prefer to use rubber gloves,
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Old 18.05.2009, 23:58
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Re: tick control for dogs

One question: When you grasp a tick with a tweezer or gloves, do you slowly rotate the head of the tick or pull it out straight? My other half and I disagree over this.


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Hi All, Just took my dog to the Vet's recently and the Vet advised that the Zurich Uni animal hospital DOES NOT recommend vaccines against tick borne diseases. He said that if my dog does get infected, he can be treated with antibiotics. Also that the vac would not protect against all the different tick borne diseases. He was of the opinion that other Vets give these vaccinations to 'make some extra money' for unnecessary vaccines. However, a friend's Vet did recommend that her dogs get vaccinated... so seems like there isn't a standard recommendation in Zurich for or against tick-vaccines? Wonder what other Vet's are advising and what other peeps are following. I obviously want to do all that I can to keep my dog safe, however don't want to give 'unnecessary' vaccinations either. So... to vaccinate or not.. is the question.

The guide dog school of CH does NOT recommend anti-tick treatments OR vaccinations and they've been caring for (potential) guide dogs for more than 20 years.
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One question: When you grasp a tick with a tweezer or gloves, do you slowly rotate the head of the tick or pull it out straight? My other half and I disagree over this.





The guide dog school of CH does NOT recommend anti-tick treatments OR vaccinations and they've been caring for (potential) guide dogs for more than 20 years.
Always use tweezers, and pull it out straight, i watched my neighour do this many times, and she is a dog expert
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Re: tick control for dogs

This according to www.tiquatac.org

"Pas d'éther, ni autre produit, car la tique anesthésiée pourrait régurgiter aussitôt et accroître le risque d'infection.
Prenez une pince fine ou pince à épiler (non coupante) .
Pincez la tique au niveau de sa tête(pas du ventre) le plus près possible de la peau
Tirez droit sans faire de mouvements de rotations jusqu'à ce que la tique se détache ce qui peut prendre 60 secondes. Ne lâchez pas."

It means don't apply anything to the tick as it can regurgitate and increase the risk of infection. It then says to take some tweezers, grip the head as close to the skin as possible (don't grip the stomach) and pull straight without turning. Do this until the tick lets go, which can take up to 60 secs. Don't let go.

However, I have a tick removing tool, and on the instructions it says to turn the tool until the tick comes out. I can't see why tweezers and the tool would be different.
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Re: tick control for dogs

took my dogs out and my golden lab had about 3 -- found 1 on the other -- ack -- I'm so paranoid about them picking up anything -- do they make bubbles for dogs?
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Re: tick control for dogs

By the way, if you speak French there's a 10 minute video on www.tiques.fr about ticks and their life cycle. It's pretty visual though so even if you don't speak French, it might be quite interesting for you. Especially if you've become as obsessed about them as I have!
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Re: tick control for dogs

One other idea I came across. Read then watch the video. Have not tired it yet but will do so with the next tick.

I am currently using one of the special tweezers that grab onto the tick then you turn in a circular motion to pull it out (also a bit of hair which the dog does not appreciate). You can buy it for CHF 8 from 'Cats and Dogs' in Switzerland. It does not leave any bits in to the dog.

Here is the video and "technique":

http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-remove-a-tick/
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One other idea I came across. Read then watch the video. Have not tired it yet but will do so with the next tick.

I am currently using one of the special tweezers that grab onto the tick then you turn in a circular motion to pull it out (also a bit of hair which the dog does not appreciate). You can buy it for CHF 8 from 'Cats and Dogs' in Switzerland. It does not leave any bits in to the dog.

Here is the video and "technique":

http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-remove-a-tick/

So dog gets a tiny massage and tick gets a majorly big one.

So neat. That was a fat female tick. Wonder if it works with the tiny male ones. Sometimes they're attached to the skin of the dog in a pair, male and female - that is kinda gross, you agree?
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So dog gets a tiny massage and tick gets a majorly big one.

So neat. That was a fat female tick. Wonder if it works with the tiny male ones. Sometimes they're attached to the skin of the dog in a pair, male and female - that is kinda gross, you agree?
Are they having sex when they attach
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Are they having sex when they attach

Thank Dog my eyes aren't good enough to see such salacious details.

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Thank Dog my eyes aren't good enough to see such salacious details.

Next time have a magnifie glass at the ready
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Try this: http://www.peteducation.com/article....+2094&aid=2383
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