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Old 10-23-2015, 05:00 PM
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We just moved to Upper State New York..Sarasota Springs. I am freaking out on ticks!
I found a tiny black one crawling on my hand yesterday when I came in from walking the dogs.
I just pulled one out of Raisins head just now that was engorged and imbedded....AAARRRRGGGG!
I can take anything, really but this is making me ill.
I love walking them in this area, it is so beautiful, right now I don't want to take them back out.
I just called a vetenarian hospital here and they said they dispense a product called Seresto??? They have to have an established patient for a year before they will dispense it, that leaves us out. The Vet Who owns the practice has a 4 lb. chihuahua and uses it.
Does anyone have experience or suggestions for me?
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I use seresto collars on my big dogs. We live in an infested area but haven't seen a tick or flea for two years now because of the collar. I haven't put one on skippy but it would work. You cut it to the size of the dog. I buy them on Amazon.
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I avoid chemicals on the dogs, so i just use essential oils to keep ticks away.
There are loads that you can use, neem, lavender, rosemary, tea tree, peppermint etc. Mix with water and spray on the dogs fur before walks
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I did find the Seresto collars...on Amazon also. Thanks you. I have never encountered ticks like this. I remember when I was little and had dogs that ran free, ticks were an issue then also.
I am being very careful about where I walk them now, keeping them away from any low lying trees and bushes.
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I avoid chemicals on the dogs, so i just use essential oils to keep ticks away.
There are loads that you can use, neem, lavender, rosemary, tea tree, peppermint etc. Mix with water and spray on the dogs fur before walks
That was my first thought Stella...I hate the idea of a chemical that strong. I have to weigh the pros and cons. This tick I took off of Raisin was very deeply imbedded. The one I saw on my hand yesterday looked like the deer tick which carries Lyme disease. I think the one on her was a dog tick. They don't run loose at all, this was strictly from walks that we took into the surrounding neighborhoods.
Of those oils, which would be the most effective??
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I would say Neem for ticks, but I am not an expert. I know Neem needs to be mixed fresh each time as it doesn't keep (loses its potency) and some of those oils are not safe for cats if you have cats too.
In the UK we have a product called 'Billy no Mates' which you add to the food and helps to prevent fleas and ticks, so does garlic.
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Just keep in mind that anything added to the food can take a month to be effective. Personally, I would get the collar if it is known to be effective where you are. I have used oils on my dog with success, but ticks scare the bejeezus out of me, so I use preventative too. I use this with my dog, but as I said, it may not be what you need right now. My dog is 13lbs or so and I have found that 1/2 teaspoon is an effective daily dose in his food. I may try less next year. Pet Pride No Flea
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Good point...they scare me too. There are so many diseases that they can carry. My experience in my own life is that I will get whatever is out there, regardless of the percentages. Same with my pets, any odd issue we will be the ones who get it.
Does this additive that you use also work on ticks? What else do you use? Connecticut is right by us.
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