Announcement: Ticks or Tick Talk…how to Tick-Proof Your Dog During Tick Season (which is most of the year…)

Tick TalkTick Talk…

Get it?  I love a play on words, but I don’t love ticks!

In the Northeast region of the country, we’re into tick season again.  All we need is a couple of warm days in a row (even in the middle of winter), and they’re out in force!  Although I’ve touched on the tick topic before, it bears mentioning again, and there some updates to share.  I’ve heard from more and more dog owners that their dogs have contracted some kind of tick-borne disease; usually they test positive for Lyme, but not always.  Sometimes dogs are treated on a symptomatic diagnosis only.  Chloe never tested positive for Lyme, but she certainly had the symptoms and quickly improved on the medication.  I’ve also heard that Doxicycline, which has long been the go-to antibiotic to combat Lyme Disease has become very difficult if not impossible to get.  There is a subsitute in place, but it’s a more expensive treatment.Chloe at 17

So…it’s time to decide on how to tick-proof your pooch.  For many years, we resisted putting anything like Frontline on Chloe.  She had skin allergies, we hugged her a lot and we weren’t wild about snuggling up to the chemical (so why would we put it on her?)

For many years we took the avenue of checking her daily for ticks.  She was light in color, so that made it easier, and it gave us some tactile time every day to spend with her which we couldn’t get enough of.

As ticks have become more of a problem, this became a less viable way to combat the little monsters.  For the past few years, although Chloe never tested positive for Lyme Disease, she exhibited the symptoms of some version of a tick borne disease several times.  Stiff, sore, lethargic.  Dogs have very expressive faces, and if you really know your dog, you can see on their face when they are feeling poorly.  Most often, we could tell.

As I’ve mentioned, we had switched Chloe to an integrative vet when she was 13 years old.  I had a conversation with him about how to protect her from the ticks while exposing her to the least offensive kind of chemical.

Chloe’s vet told me he had decided to only use the Preventic Tick Collar for Dogs made by Virbac on his dog, DougIt contains 9.0% Amitraz and lasts three months.  When we are in the depths of winter here, and we don’t see ticks for a while, I would stop using the collar all together.

This collar worked well.  Chloe tolerated it, and although we would still spend some tick talk time together just to be sure she was tick-free, it was very effective.  I will definitely use this product again!  Check it out here…http://healthydogsworld.com/preventic

To Your Dog’s Good Health!

Cheryl Major

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About Cheryl Major

Cheryl Major has been a volunteer at The Buddy Dog Humane Society in Massachusetts for 14 years, and has been on their Board of Trustees since 2008. Her blog, HealthyDogsWorld.com, is a labor of love. She has also been involved in passing animal protection legislation at the city and state levels and was a regular guest on New England Cable News (NECN) for their "Adopt a Pet Segment". This blog is dedicated to the joys and challenges of dogs of all shapes, sizes and ages with whom we share our lives.

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