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Old 18.03.2019, 18:06
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Re: Tick Prevention - What are you using this year?

We went the same route switching from Scalibor to Seresto. We are in Barcelona now, and Seresto is supposed to be effective against sand flies (also) which transmit Leishmaniosis, which our Maisie contracted a few yrs ago. Seresto is also supposed to hold up better if your dog swims as much as our does.

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Spot on products weren't so effective for us, as trying to keep 3 labs out of the lake was a nightmare. We used to use Scalibor, but 1 of the them developed a reaction to it (other 2 were fine) so our vet recommended a switch to Seresto. None of them ever had a tick since we switched so we are happy with that, mainly as it repels and kills, so the biters don't stand a chance to bite. Here is a comparison between Scalibor and Seresto, its from the US so ignore the pricing. Shame it didn't include Frontline to, but we weren't concerned about it's omission as we stopped using that many years ago.

Another tick in the box (you see what I did there) is the Seresto comes in a handy tin, exactly the same size as mossie coils so no more breaking them in a box, and it comes with reflectors that clip on, so handy for taking dogs out in low light if you don't have a "disco dog" type light collar with you.

https://www.1800petmeds.com/Scalibor...re6800007.html
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Re: Tick Prevention - What are you using this year?

Yesterday, 4 dead ticks removed from the dog.
The Bravecto is doing it's stuff.

I check him constantly, so these could not have been on him for more than 12 hours I'd estimate.
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Re: Tick Prevention - What are you using this year?

This is the worst year by far - in the 20 years I have been here I have never seen so many ticks!

I posted this elsewhere, but it bears repeating here:

This clever gadet from Trixie, a tick puller with an LED light attached, has made the tick checking ritual much easier. If you have long haired, thick or double coated dogs, if you are checking in low light (as in, on your forest walk, at night, etc.) having a light without needing a third hand to balance a torch is a doGsend.

https://www.zooplus.ch/shop/hunde/hu...enzange/676096
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Old 30.05.2019, 15:18
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This is the worst year by far - in the 20 years I have been here I have never seen so many ticks!
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On the other hand, this is the year with virtually no ticks on our long-haired cat. Probably 5 since February. Two years ago he was bringing in 5 a day!

We are not even using Front Line, just a hocus pocus medallion on his collar...
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Old 02.06.2019, 08:00
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Re: Tick Prevention - What are you using this year?

Lizzie wears a run of the mill tick collar from Qualipet. Funny that, we only had to remove one so far (touch wood it stays like that!!), but last year was a crazy tick year for us and tick galore.
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This is the worst year by far - in the 20 years I have been here I have never seen so many ticks!
That’s funny, I was just saying to my husband that we haven’t had to remove any ticks from the cat so far this year which is very unusual.
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Re: Tick Prevention - What are you using this year?

None on Lily this year either....although her walks are shorter now and not in very wooded areas. She’s using advantix....not a fan of the water either, so topical is ok. We’re going to Brittany next week, and the vet suggested another advantix right before we leave.
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Re: Tick Prevention - What are you using this year?

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Yesterday, 4 dead ticks removed from the dog.
The Bravecto is doing it's stuff.

I check him constantly, so these could not have been on him for more than 12 hours I'd estimate.
Same results here, Bravecto works it wonders even if for a slightly shorter period than the marketing bumf says....

This time we managed to find it on eBay so no complex paperwork and much more reasonable prices, roughly half of local prices !
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Old 07.06.2019, 23:39
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Re: Tick Prevention - What are you using this year?

My cat - that's him in my avatar - is treated but the other day he rubbed himself against me and a tick presumably "jumped ship" and I got one on my head. So the lesson is that our pets can be treated but this doesn't stop them collecting ticks which may refuse to bite into them but happily seek refuge on their owners. Do keep an eye out for them even if your pet has preventatives and think of the partial vaccination if you live in a concerned area.
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Re: Tick Prevention - What are you using this year?

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... a tick presumably "jumped ship" and I got one on my head...
Two days running my perfectly tick-free other half has had to remove (fortunately unattached) ticks from me. Cue a shout from me last night to find the Bravecto we had bought but not got around to giving the pooch (we had been using Advantix previously to little effect and I'm convinced they simply use him as a means of conveyance). After turning down the sweet suggestion from my personal tick-remover that perhaps I should take it... the dog took it happily enough. Hoping that works.
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Re: Tick Prevention - What are you using this year?

Remember to protect yourselves, too.

With the exceptions of Geneva and Ticino, all Switzerland is now considered a risk area. People who are often out, especially if often in forests, are officially advised to vaccinate against meningoencephalitis (you can't vaccinate against borreliose). Ticks prefer deciduous and mixed forests with dense undergrowth.

You can get the shots (they cost some 200 CHF) from certain pharmacies or from your doc. If you get them from a pharmacy you have to pay for them yourself whereas vaccination by your doc is paid for by the mandatory health insurance (if your franchise has already been "filled").

While the optimal time to get vaccinated is before spring, anytime is better than not at all. You'll have sufficient protection after the 2nd shot, which is administered about one month after the first. The 3rd and final shot is recommended 6-12months later.
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Re: Tick Prevention - What are you using this year?

As well as a couple of (dead) ticks today, there were also numerous grass seeds stuck inbetween his toes and under his armpits after this morning's run out.



These can cause real damage if not removed promptly.
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Re: Tick Prevention - What are you using this year?

My cat spends most of his day outside (we live by a huge field, which is the beginning of a forest with plenty of deer) here in Eastern St. Gallen. Billions of ticks. While using "natural" products my cat was bringing around 5 ticks a day. When we switched to Bravecto...magic. Gone. Haven't seen a tick in 2 months now.
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(you can't vaccinate against borreliose)


Actually you can, but only the dog, not the human!

MY offspring and I are all vaccinated against FSME and Lizzie (the doglet) is also vaccinated against borreliosis.


https://www.svk-asmpa.ch/hund/impfung/impfung7.htm
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Re: Tick Prevention - What are you using this year?

Tick season has started in Baselland, very early this year.
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Tick season has started in Baselland, very early this year.
Yep, combed a little one walking on our cat‘s fur earlier this week. About 3 to 4 weeks earlier than usual....
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Re: Tick Prevention - What are you using this year?

First year without a dog since I was 4 so suddenly have a question... do cats get ticks? I've never seen one on a cat and never treated a cat before, but then my elderly cat didn't go very far and was living with a dog that was treated
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First year without a dog since I was 4 so suddenly have a question... do cats get ticks? I've never seen one on a cat and never treated a cat before, but then my elderly cat didn't go very far and was living with a dog that was treated
Yes they do. They’re not always easy to spot due to the cat’s fur.
We treat our cat every year from spring to autumn.
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Re: Tick Prevention - What are you using this year?

Tick prevention of the human variety... today I got my first shot of the Tick borne encephalitis vaccine!

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Old 22.02.2020, 13:30
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First year without a dog since I was 4 so suddenly have a question... do cats get ticks? I've never seen one on a cat and never treated a cat before, but then my elderly cat didn't go very far and was living with a dog that was treated
You usually don‘t see ticks on a cat unless they have not yet attached and are on top of the fur or have been there a while and are olive-sized and ready to drop off.

We have a long-haired cat and I feel run his head and the small ‚lump‘ of an attached tick. They only seem to attach on or near the head.

We have special tweezers that are curved and pointed at the end. The tweezers go under the tick at each size and it is lifted straight off without any rotating. Ticks have an anaesthetic when they attach so the cat feels no pain.

Once detached they are wrapped in toilet or kitchen paper and crushed with other end of the tweezers until they burst. Then flushed down the loo. Our vet sticks a pin through them (ticks not toilets).

Cats are immune to the deceases ticks carry and so are not harmed by them, but the do harm us humans - and are disgusting!

In 2019 are cat had about 5 ticks all year. In 2018 about 5 a day in peak season - April...
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