Tick reminder

stone

Well-Known Member
Every one
i hav copied this from another site with the permission off the original poster
please take time to read it carefully it might help save your health or even your life
A timely reminder that although there are now usually ticks active all through the winter, there will be a new hatch with the coming of spring.

For those that are unaware, ticks are blood sucking parasites, found throughout the UK and europe in ever increasing numbers.
They carry some quite nasty diseases, such as Lyme Borreliosis, which can seriously effect humans as well as dogs.

For more information on tick prevention week, please visit the website http://www.tickpreventionweek.org/

And for further information on Ticks and Tick borne diseases please visit the BADA-UK (Borreliosis and Associated Diseases Awareness-UK) website on http://www.bada-uk.org/
 

JAYB

Administrator
Site Staff
Took the first one of this year off the dog last week. Just a short wait for the bucks and the ticks :eek:

John
 

SteveOh

Well-Known Member
Nice one Stone... thanks

On my last but one outing I managed to pick a tick nymph up in the corner of my eye. I thought it was just a scratch until it had gorged itself.

I had to make a trip to the eye infirmary where the doc took it out for me...
 

Amberdog

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Thanks stone i'm scatching allready,just reminded the boss :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes: a few choice words not repeatable they may be children reading

amberdog
 

JayJay

Well-Known Member
ticks

Thanks stone
just sprayed all over itching like mad and i'm only
in the house :eek:

JayJay
 

Tom270

Well-Known Member
I have found the little green claw hammer type tick removers great. Got some from the vets and keep them in the car. They have come in handy a few times and get the tick out intact and alive, well till I stamp on it. Best couple of pounds spent in ages.
Tom
 

Trapper

Well-Known Member
Timely reminder
had to deal with a few nasty ones last season, found the (Tick Lasso )
worked well as posted on dog section last year , It was bad enough trying to sort the buggers out on my short coated dog , so my Freya will take twice as long, I regularly FRONTLINE MY DOGS for fleas hope it deters the ticks enough.
Trapper.
 

Tom270

Well-Known Member
Frontline as it says on the box, kills fleas for 2 months but ticks for 1 month, never thought about it until these posts. Goes to show no substitute for giving a dog a good grooming and feel over regularly.
Tom
 

Jagare

Well-Known Member
I was only thinking about the little blood sucking darlings the other day.
Its still frosty here but they will soon appear.
The spaniel gets five a day if not treated but the Tax and the Cesky hardly get any. I have used the tick collars for the last 2 years and they worked very well. The Kopov has a habit of chewing them of the other dogs so it will be frontline this year.
We have plenty of ticks here but strangely enough the roe never seem to have many on them.

And let us not forget as the weather gets warmer the risk for Adder bite. A summer problem here. You have to be vigilant when out with the dog.
 

Frax

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I've saw the first ones here last week. Nasty little sod's.

If you don't take ticks seriously you need your head read.

I think it's Colin McKelvie who has had Lyme for some years, I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong, but he's in a right state. It is debilitating and devastating and will ruin your life. I've heard of a number of keepers who are now in wheelchairs.

We now have a formal 'tick check session' if we've been out and about, especially for the boy, never go out on the hill in shorts, never lie down in the heather where it can be avoided (obviously you have to some times!) and every flu-like sniffle has to be questioned etc. It has become part of everyday life and it isn't onerous but it could save your health.
 

basil

Distinguished Member
Frax said:
I've saw the first ones here last week. Nasty little sod's.

If you don't take ticks seriously you need your head read.

I think it's Colin McKelvie who has had Lyme for some years, I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong, but he's in a right state. It is debilitating and devastating and will ruin your life. I've heard of a number of keepers who are now in wheelchairs.

We now have a formal 'tick check session' if we've been out and about, especially for the boy, never go out on the hill in shorts, never lie down in the heather where it can be avoided (obviously you have to some times!) and every flu-like sniffle has to be questioned etc. It has become part of everyday life and it isn't onerous but it could save your health.
I haven`t heard of this gent but Wendy Fox who founded the BADA website is one who has suffered greatly from Lymes disease.
basil.
 

bambislayer

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Sadly Colin is no longer with us.

I have suffered with Lymme for 13years, this is serious guys, be carefull and try and educate as many people as possible about ticks and Lymme disease.

I have done a fair bit o work with BADA over the years and many of you will have met Wendy at gamefairs so will know how devastating Lymme can be.

I'm 37 and have worked with deer all my life, and have probably fed 1000's of ticks with my blood however chances are that I'll need new knees and hips in the next 5yrs! Lymme can really knock you and I can't do a "full" buck season know , if I start getting "worn" down with lack of sleep then it'll kick in and I'll be floored for a month with a "flu" and believe me it ain't any man flu.

You just need to get into the routine of checking for them, and keep away from tweeds!!!! they are tick magnates!!

Cheers

BS
 

Iwrch

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I went down with Lyme Disease a couple of years ago thanks to a tick which went unnoticed for 48 hours. I had showered at least three times during that period and had made what I thought was a thorough examination of all parts. The first GP I went to didn't have a clue, dismissing me with a telephone number of a skin specialist. Knowing it was pointless arguing with him I made an appointment to see another doctor in the practice who, thank heavens, knew what I was on about and immediately prescribed the necessary antibiotics. (Apparently, the tablets also work against syphilis and anthrax too so the system does get a damn good slucing in the process!)

I know I'm preaching to the converted but if you do fall foul of the symptoms DO NOT be put off by a dismissive GP. If you can't get any sense from your usual doctor then tell then you insist on a second opinion.

I have posted a picture in the gallery of the tell tale bull's eye that developed around the site of the bite as the fever developed.

Wishing you all a tick free summer!
 

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