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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?
Argus, I've been using a special tick remover and per instructions, I rotate the head while pulling till it let's go.



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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.
Thanks for confirming that in CH - most officials do not recommend vaccinations against tick diseases. I was just a bit concerned because a few friend's Vets have been advising it. I guess I'll just continue checking after every walk and using Frontline.
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Old 02.06.2009, 11:27
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Re: tick control for dogs

I have been using the Scalibor collar recommended by our vet. Its been on my dog since April and I have to say that it has been effective so far *touching all the wood in sight* as my Oskar goes nuts in long grass. He likes to play hide-and-seek in them

I have also asked his vet about tick vaccination and she doesnt recommend injecting too much chemicals into dogs and said that a scalibor should suffice. I am paranoid about ticks and check him every day (after every outing and feel for lumps when I pet him) and found none so far. The dog owners that I met on walks have nothing but praise for the the Scalibor when I see the collar on their dogs and asked for their feedback.

Having said that, we paid about 31CHF for the small one but I've checked online and you can get them for about 12 quid back at the UK vets.

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Re: tick control for dogs

wow. this whole thread just got me pulling that Frontline, which is due on our dog this week, out of the drawer really quick and getting her treated.

here's hoping it works. granted, i always thought that grass = ticks, or forest = ticks, but she used to get them back in arizona, where there was little grass, and mostly cactus. minus the deer. blech.
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Old 02.06.2010, 23:57
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Re: tick control for dogs

'Prac-tic' is the name of a drop-form anti-tick liquid that's effective without smelling terrible. Ask your vet for it. It's dripped onto your dog's back and back of its neck; it's applied once every 6 weeks or so during the tick season.
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You might also want to talk to your vet about the vaccine against Lime disease (transmitted via ticks). Lime disease is a major issue in the Swiss German area (a bit less so in the Swiss French area).
Before you decide to have your dog immunized, you should take into consideration that in Switzerland (and its neighboring countries) at least three different types of ticks have been found causing Lyme disease, the vaccine only protects against one of them, which happens to be the one that's the rarest. It's also been eported that dogs don't tolerate the immunization very well. As Lyme disease in dogs is quite rare, the best prevention still are anti-parasite products such as the mentioned Scalibor collar, Exspot or Frontline.

(From a (human) medical doctor who owns pets and regularly informs "humans" about the tick issue in Switzerland)
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Before you decide to have your dog immunized, you should take into consideration that in Switzerland (and its neighboring countries) at least three different types of ticks have been found causing Lyme disease, the vaccine only protects against one of them, which happens to be the one that's the rarest. It's also been eported that dogs don't tolerate the immunization very well. As Lyme disease in dogs is quite rare, the best prevention still are anti-parasite products such as the mentioned Scalibor collar, Exspot or Frontline.

(From a (human) medical doctor who owns pets and regularly informs "humans" about the tick issue in Switzerland)
Agree with this - our vet told us the vaccine is only worth it if visiting the south of france and even then it's questionable.

Edit - no wait - the vaccine for dogs isn't against lime disease - it's against encephalytis, same as the human vaccine. There is no vaccine for lime disease.

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Re: tick control for dogs

Rehashing this a bit. I need some advice.

Finding engorged ticks (yuk) despite the scale or collars. Admittedly they've only been wearing thh a week. I've also taking 5 ticks off one dog who's out more.


In concerned for the risk for my kids ? The dogs seem fine and maybe the collars just need a bit longer to work. I'm also spraying their beds with a natural repellant.

What's risks are there for my kids and finding these engorged ticks? I'm cleaning often and spraying with natural insecticide but I'm a bit creeped out!!!
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Re: tick control for dogs

Since I started adding a few drops of Schwarz Kummel oil every day to our dogs feed some years ago they never get ticks; before that they got several ticks each week.

You can buy this oil in most dog supplier shops.
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Re: tick control for dogs

[QUOTE=darkhorsedrea;2389087]Rehashing this a bit. I need some advice.

Finding engorged ticks (yuk) despite the scale or collars. Admittedly they've only been wearing thh a week. I've also taking 5 ticks off one dog who's out more.

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I think you meant "SCALIBOR" collar. They need to be applied about 2 weeks before exposure to ticks to be effective.
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Re: tick control for dogs

I use Frontline pipettes, applied to the back of the neck (where they can't lick) - and I assume it is 'absorbed' through the skin and into the blood.

http://www.vetuk.co.uk/frontline-spo...gs-c-3_417_593

Link is purely for reference - it's available here from vets and some pharmacies .... but ridiculously expensive - about 30 chufs for 3 pipettes - enough for about 3 mths. per dog.


I do also use a similar cheaper alternative from Landi - Josti at less than 5 chufs for 5 pipettes - but that's a general parasite control, so may not be as effective against ticks, as price difference may suggest.

Interesting product posted by marton, above, will have to look out for that - although my little Jack is a real fussy eater, so any alien additions probably wont go down well.
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Re: tick control for dogs

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I use Frontline pipettes, applied to the back of the neck (where they can't lick) - and I assume it is 'absorbed' through the skin and into the blood.

http://www.vetuk.co.uk/frontline-spo...gs-c-3_417_593

Link is purely for reference - it's available here from vets and some pharmacies .... but ridiculously expensive - about 30 chufs for 3 pipettes - enough for about 3 mths. per dog.


I do also use a similar cheaper alternative from Landi - Josti at less than 5 chufs for 5 pipettes - but that's a general parasite control, so may not be as effective against ticks, as price difference may suggest.

Interesting product posted by marton, above, will have to look out for that - although my little Jack is a real fussy eater, so any alien additions probably wont go down well.
My vet told me Frontline is outdated as ticks unfortunately get immune. She recommended Advantix (haven't tried it yet).
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Old 21.05.2015, 11:02
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My vet told me Frontline is outdated as ticks unfortunately get immune. She recommended Advantix (haven't tried it yet).
Then, I wish mine wouldn't keep trying to sell it to me, at his over inflated prices.
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Re: tick control for dogs

Another one in the Scalibor camp. 30-something chuffs at the beginning of the season (depending on dog size), but pop the collar on and forget about it for the next 6 months. Which reminds me...
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Re: tick control for dogs

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I read that they are very well presented here and usually they are infected.
Not true in ZH - but obviously not worth the risk.
I know I reply to a 6 year old post. But even back then this was wrong. The ticks in the Sihlwald Forest have been known to be infected with Lyme disease and tick-borne encephalitis since ages.

Nowdays it is even worse.
http://www.zecken.ch/Karten/karten.html
First one shows tick-borne encephalitis.
Second one Lyme disease.
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Re: tick control for dogs

Thank you for this map. While for dogs we have excellent Frontline and Advantix, my wife and I go for mushrooms. And we also catch ticks on ourselves.
Does anybody know good anti-tick solution for people?
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Since I started adding a few drops of Schwarz Kummel oil every day to our dogs feed some years ago they never get ticks; before that they got several ticks each week.

You can buy this oil in most dog supplier shops.
Has anyone tried this on people? I would be curious as the whole family alread got this this spring.
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Thank you for this map. While for dogs we have excellent Frontline and Advantix, my wife and I go for mushrooms. And we also catch ticks on ourselves.
Does anybody know good anti-tick solution for people?
We purchased this product at a pharmacy (Sunstore). It is made in CH so should be available in the major chains. Junior is going on a school outing and and it was highly recommended to have a spray. Cost was CHF 16.00
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Re: tick control for dogs

Does Anti-brumm really work?
I have all natural version (green bottle), and not sure whether it works or we just got lucky. Mosquitos though seem not to care about the spray, even though it is anti mosquito too.
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Our vet suggested this collar specifically because she spent so much time in the water...

ETA: OOPS.... I'm wrong. Just checked my records - it's not a Scalibor, its a Virbac collar.

(We use the Scalibor against sand flies/Leishmaniaisis when traveling in southern countries.)
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We purchased this product at a pharmacy (Sunstore). It is made in CH so should be available in the major chains. Junior is going on a school outing and and it was highly recommended to have a spray. Cost was CHF 16.00
Interesting ..... never seen the yellow one specifically against ticks.
We use the purple Anti-Brumm, which is general insect repellent, and should include ticks - there are standard and forte varieties.
Have also used that on the sprogs .... and so far so good.

Will have to look out for the yellow one.
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