Hi all –
I’m a lurker on this forum and this is my first post! Not exactly a subject to begin my membership with!
I found an engorged tick on my dog Zoey this morning, that really surprised me since we use Frontline on the puppies every four weeks (last program was given October 1st) and it was my understanding that this product would stop a tick from making a meal of out my dogs. Since we live in an area where ticks are a problem, we use it on the recommendation of our vet. This summer two dogs in the neighborhood were diagnosed with Lyme!
Anyway, I’ve pulled the tick off of her and treated the area. It seems that I got the whole creepy crawly (didn’t leave the head in), and I am just wondering if there is anything else that I can/should do for Zoey.
Should I be concerned about Lyme?
Also, is Frontline the most effective product on the market? We are living and spend a lot of time outdoors, so I want to make sure I’m doing everything that I could to protect my puppies.
Thanks in advance for your advice!
You can’t tell what the tick looked like. They go by the size of a matchhead to as large as your little finger’s end knuckle to trick JUST.
It is during feeding that signal disease is spread. If the tick shot was greater than 3 weeks ago the dog *should* be protected from Lyme *however* that’s a live vaccine so it’s always possible that the dog could actually *get* tick disease if the vax was ‘active’ and dropping from the puppy’s system. In honesty, I’d watch the dog just like a hawk to get ANY *unusual* behavior.
This is how we found Billy’s IMHA. He had a tick which I found before it engorged but it was “fastened” and I was pretty certain that I got the head. However, I kept watching.
Seemingly Billy’s body actually formed antibodies TO that tick (that had been a ‘sick tick’;-RRB- BUT then his body didn’t stop there. It kept seeing the ‘Compounds’ as invaders and kept trying to kill ALL the reddish blood.
This doesn’t occur all of the time but what I’m saying is that it requires time for your disease process to ‘occur’ AND it wouldn’t necessarily be Lyme this tick transmitted. There are lots of forms of tick disease — Lyme, Rocky Mt. Spotted Fever, Erhlichea, and many others. They’re all different.
One of the common ‘signals’ of tick disease is anemia — thus among the easiest things is to see the puppy’s gums to see whether they get mild. Frankly if you see ANY changes — out of lethargy, to any type of annoyance or lameness, change in eating habits, etc. — the next two months or so need to be carefully watched.
No product is going to be 100\%. You might need to use something and use it more than once. After 2 weeks the tick-killing potential of ANY product will be greatly diminished.
Careful inspection of this dog any time that it comes in after conducting where there may be ticks is the best defense.
There are sprays which it is possible to ADD that will to make your puppy unattractive to ticks. Also — the better the system the less attractive that the dog would be to ticks.