We live in the country, on 70 wooded acres. Ticks are rampant, and already the small fast ones that are the first ones to come out in the spring are here. You get them just walking out in the yard, let alone the trails in the woods. I use Frontline Plus, which I'm not really sure works at all, because the dogs still get alot of ticks that I just pick off them. With 2 yellow dogs, it wasn't that hard to find them. Baxter is very black, with a heavy,dense coat - How in the world will I ever find the ticks to pick them off? I already picked one off he eyelid this morning. any suggestions from you guys with black dogs?
I hate ticks. He is going to love the extra attention from you
Try using the Vectra 3D for flea/tick control. I also have 2 black dogs with dense coats and have never found a tick or flea while using this. The Frontline seemed to stop working last year...
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You need to check over every inch of skin on black dogs.
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When Java was on Frontline I was finding ticks on her constantly. She ended up with Lyme.
Since switching her and Moka to Advantix I have not found a single tick on them....literally. We live in a heavily wooded, rural and tick heavy area. The Advantix works great.
As for checking them over (they're chocolate)...I find myself just really massaging them and rubbing them over really good while we're sitting watching tv...obviously paying attention to the most common tick areas (scruff, neck, near the ears, etc.)
thanks guys - I think I need to look into some new tick control, AND check them frequently
On Wes, ticks always showed up in what looked to me like little odd flecks of mud. I got very good at spotting them from a distance, like: What's that MUD doing there on his muzzle/ear/eyebrow. And 99 times out of 100, it was an unwelcomed icky.
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With Tank I just rub him all over. I also check it really good. If I feel a bump I stop and see what it is. I find them in his ears ALL the time. Also another spot I find them is on the neck or around that area.
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I just rub them all over when we come in from training. I also have a tick comb I use. I use Frontline Plus but am thinking about switching over to the new one that is out from the makers of Frontline. Abby is 6 1/2 & has always tested negative for Lyme. Kate got Lyme last year, was on Doxycycline for 30 days & last test was negative. We test them both for heartworm & lyme every six months.