Ticks are a problem every year, but this year, they are especially bad around here! I want to remind everyone to protect your dogs, and I wanted to pass on some information about ticks as well!
Don’t be fooled by myths about ticks! If you really want to find a high concentration of the rotten creatures, tall grass like this is a great place to hang out, but they also hang out on mowed grass. Just brushing up against grass is enough for ticks to transfer onto humans and pets. Madison had three ticks after going for a walk on a walking path. They jumped on her from some grass along the side of the path
Wearing light colored clothing does help keep ticks off, they prefer dark colors, but will attach to anything really. We short furry dogs are especially susceptible to the lousy hitchhikers! After being outdoors always check over your dog really well, and yourself too! Ticks like to burrow into ears, underarms, beards, just about everywhere on your dog!
Can you imagine how many ticks were out in the field where Madison had her tracking test? By the end of the day, Mom counted over twenty ticks. Bailie never left the car and had four – gifts from Madison, Mom had two, and the rest were on Madison.
My sisters and I take Bravecto to prevent fleas and ticks, but even if your dog has a good tick treatment, you still need to catch those rotten guys before they try to attach themselves if you can. On white fur they are easy to spot, but on dark fur, it is really tough. Mom goes through our furs with a fine comb to fish them out. There are many different ways to protect your dog from ticks, but nothing is 100% effective. Talk to your vet about your lifestyle and dog to figure out the best prevention option! Tick diseases are dangerous and can even be deadly! Make sure your dog is protected!
Princess Leah says
Oh nose, ticks are nasty horrid thingys! Best get Mum t do the spot on thingy fur me
Loves and licky kisses
Princess Leah xxx
They are very nasty, dangerous creatures.
that evil ticks are good for nuffing… I hope they would stay away from people&pets…. we fortunately have none here, but I will your tip to prevent the fleas before I go to a show…
Fleas are really a bad deal too!
Yuck! we haven’t lived in a tick place before so mom is going crazy with worry! We took Bravecto last month so we hope that helps. Mom checks us like crazy. After reading your post she is going to get us a comb. She says she liked your post because it was calm and showed her that it is something she can handle like your mom. Thanks! your doodle friend Dash
Mom says it’s disgusting and nasty, but one can get through it. It’s best to find them before they attach and blow up like balloons. Bravecto is really helpful for us, but Mom has to check herself really well because humans don’t take a tick treatment!
Yuck, I am so glad we don’t have that problem here. That must be hard to keep those little buggers away.
You really can’t keep them away because they jump onto creatures, but you can see them walking along on the fur and grab them. Evil creatures!
Two French Bulldogs says
Yikes! We never had one of those little buggers
Lily & Edward
You are lucky. I think we have them all here where we live!
Pooch Smooches says
Ick!! I shuddered while reading this. I HATE ticks! Luckily they are not as bad here as they were when we lived in Philly. They tend to only be in the canyons here, so we do a thorough tick check if we go hiking there. (Well, the hubs does…. cuz I freak out if I touch one. You are a good brave mom!) Thanks for helping spread this important info, cuz I saw on the news that ticks are especially bad this year!
One has to be brave and confront them, Mom has no choice. They are super bad right now, so we are always getting checked out.
Jan K says
Ugh, these nasty things are showing up here too. Luke keeps passing his off to me! But I’ve also gotten my own just working in the garden. I’ve woken up twice in the nights to feel one crawling on me! We’re now using extra bug spray during the day and doing checks when we come in from outdoors.
Mom feels them crawl on her too and hates it. We always forget to check her because she takes so long checking us over.
M. K. Clinton says
I hate ticks with a passion. We are lucky that our yard has not had fleas or ticks but we are always careful on our walks. I spray the boys legs and bellies with an all-natural spray but also use preventative drops.
We are either on a walk where the chances of finding a tick is are almost zero, or we are in the tall stuff where we find a bizillion, so natural stuff just doesn’t cut it for us. Even with Bravecto, Mom likes to take them off us before they even have a chance to start trying to attach to us. They are rotten!
Maxwell, Faraday & Allie says
ooooh we HATE those things. And around here, there’s a deadly tick-borne illness called Bobcat Fever that domestic cats contract. 🙁 We hear opposums are wonderful for tick management. They tend to eat hundreds and hundreds of them. (kinda gross and TMI in our feline opinions tho!)
Maybe we need to get a few opposums for the yard…well, we would probably kill them, so maybe not a good idea. Ticks are so dangerous for pets and humans.
Thise tick boogers sure are an evil lot!
Good you kitties are safe indoors.
Sand Spring Chesapeakes says
I hate ticks!! They give me the willies!
We hate them too, but we have to deal with them!
We haven’t seen them yet, but to be honest it has rained all month so we haven’t been out. Just to repeat Emma’s caution on serious, i (Mom) almost died from Rocky Spotted Fever as a teen (over 25 years ago. The time from the bite to death can be 5 to 8 days
There is another disease they had on the news where it starts just 14 minutes after a human is bitten and there is no cure. Awful creatures those ticks are!
F you catch the sign’s early and immediately start correct medicine you can’ wait for test to come back it will probably be too late. Good luck to all of you. FYI l l bean sells shirts, socks, hats and carves. Last year slap had cargo000had cargo pants that zip off to shortd
The clothing from L.L.Bean is covered with insect Shield which has been proven to keep away ticks and almost all bugs. I am sure other places have them now but that’s where I get them what I didn’t get typed was they have cargo pants and when you come out of the woods you can unzip the pants and no become shorts it’s just an extra layer for humans to keep the ticks off
They are nasty little things! And, as you say, we haven’t found any treatment that’s 100% effective. My biped finds that brushing my legs after a walk gets rid of most of them. My legs are longer than yours so it takes them longer to work their way up!
Nothing is 100%, but some are better than others. One really has to be vigilant with checking.
Tails Around the Ranch says
Gah!!! We HATE ticks and all manner of crawly things. Thanks for the reminder. We’ll keep our eyes open! Best Mother’s Day wishes to your mum.
We don’t like them, but we do have to deal with them! Happy Mother’s Day to you!
Ticks are terrifying! What does your mom do with them when she fishes them off? Mom and I are afraid of bugs!
Love and licks,
When possible, she washes them down the drain, but outside, she just flicks them away. They are really rotten little things.
2 Brown Dawgs says
Since they took out a lot of the trees at the farm where we train, there seems to be a lot fewer ticks. We still make sure to keep the dog’s Frontline current. It does a good job for them.
Those rotten creatures seem to be everywhere around here.