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7/6/14 6:16 P

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You can also get a tick drag net and circle around the area a few times every few weeks. We use revolution and have a tick remover (so handy). We keep one in the car too in case we find one on the dog after playing somewhere other than home. She gets a good check after every outing on our property because we get a lot of deer here year round.

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6/28/14 10:50 P

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thanks everyone. honey spent yesterday evening weedeating around, but like i said, we live in an area surrounded by woods, and cut and trim often, but there are popular, pine, walnut, birch, trees surround the area, not to mention a small stream in the back, and she loves to jump into that stream and sit in the shade under the brush, so we have to keep that all cut down often.
fencing isnt an option right now, maybe in the next year we can.
so for now, i keep her indoors as much as possible, especially since its been very wet out the last two days.
we made her a little fenced in play yard but its still on the ground.
i am taking everyones advice and checking myself and her daily for ticks.
she does wear a flea and tick collar and i do use the drops.
grooming her long coat is a chore and i have decided when its time to go again, i am going to take her to a professional to get it cut.
i havent seen any fleas so far, but im sure in this wooded area, that is a possiblity.

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6/27/14 10:46 P

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When you grab and pull a tick that is embedded, the head usually stays and can cause an infection other than Lyme Disease which the tiny deer tick can cause. You are much better of getting them to back out (with the aid of a tweezers) but don't pull hard. They crawl around for a long time so if you check your pets daily, they shouldn't embed in the pet.

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I talked to the vet and he recommended 'Revolution' - a product you apply to the nape of the neck. Seems to be working nicely. The ticks are horrendous this year. Good luck!

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Ticks are so gross. Summer is tick season so you should be vigilantly checking your pets for them. We keep the grass trimmed short, which helps. We don't use flea or tick repellant. We just pull the ticks off - grab the tick's body then twist and pull and flush it. Good luck. Hope your dogs don't suffer Lyme disease.

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In the past we used the flea / tick medications that you can buy in any pet store fairly successfully, until about 10 years ago we had a major flea infestation that was literally sucking the life out of our 2 older dogs. The flea shampoos / dips were not working well, and the vet said we had to do absolutely NO treatments whatsoever for 30 days, to allow all the 'over the counter ' stuff to work its way out of their systems.

At that point we bought the treatments that you can only buy from a veterinarian, shampooed all the carpets, furniture and dogs. There was not a single live flea left anywhere in less than 48 hours! Since that time we have only used products from the vet, and have never had any issues since - even last year when the neighbours' dogs on both sides of us were covered in fleas and ticks too.

I would speak to your vet and see what they suggest, and I agree with Birgit that pruning some of the nearby vegetation would probably go a long way towards improving the situation.

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Have you gotten a flea and tick collar for her? There is also an oil to drip onto the back of the neck. We have ticks and due to the heavy moisture in the upper midwest, the population has gone overboard. My brother has 2 labs that are outdoor dogs and the run all over. When they come back to the house, his son takes 30-40 ticks off them every time they go out and they have tried all the commercial things. So it may work and may not. Also used flea and tick shampoo to bathe the dog. If you find on latched on, put alcohol on the tick or vaseline and they will back out. They breath through their skins. I hope this helps! There is not a lot you can do to the outdoors to stop them. They love the damp and wet season we have had thus the big "crop".
I found a page for you and here's the link.

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6/27/14 7:34 P

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Take the ticks of when you find them and you should be ok. Alternatively cutting some vegetation down may help. If you want to clip your dog you can get a size 10 blade for clippers that cut the hair short enough to where you can see anything crawling on the skin, but long enough to give some sun protection. Maybe going to a professional groomer if you don't have clippers with exchangable blades is the best idea.

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Dog loving friends, I need your help.
I keep finding ticks on me. little black ticks crawling on my clothes or body, so far, none have latched on, but I have found at least 4 in the last 2 months and I pulled 7 off my dog in 2 days.
we live in a area surrounded by woods, and while I try to keep her inside, sometimes she loves to run and play in the yard and I hate to deprive her.
However, the majority of the ticks I found on her came when she was on the front porch and couldnt get out in the yard.
I think they either crawl up onto the wooden porch, or fall out of the trees, seriously.
I hate and fear ticks equally and stay worried to death I am going to get one and not know it for days and days, I make Honey check my scalp and behind my ears, inside my ears and my back nightly.
Yesterday I groomed my pomeranian and cut her hair as short as she would allow, today I tried to finish the job, yet I feel I could have taken another inch off her coat. especially around her inner legs and tail.
I bathed her in vinegar water and used the flea and tick shampoo and afterwards I put a flea and tick drop treatment on her.
Honey has sprayed around outside with flea and tick killer for the yard and I have used the carpet dusting inside.
Yet everytime I let her outside, I find ticks on her.
Today I have kept her in and dont know what else to do.
What can I do????
Please help, I am seriously thinking of re-homing my dog because this place is so wooded, I dont want her to have ticks and myself either.

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