Ticks !

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  1. Cobweb

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    Hi

    This is not funny story but this might happen to any of us in wooded areas
    like Bavaria ,Tirol and Austria etc and even Scotland and Yorkshire moors ! Two years ago in Germany my husband asked me to look at a spot on his bum . Out came the magnifying class and we saw to our horror that
    there was a tick firmly attached . I then googled it before removing with tweezers and got all of it out . We took a photo of it and disposed of it .
    We were in Bavaria at the time and as luck would have it it was a bank holiday !
    The next day we went to a pharmacy and explained what had happened and much to our surprise they made an urgent GP appointment within the hour !
    My husband was given a vaccination which apparently would reduce the likely
    hood of encephalitis and told him to return within a week for another shot of the vaccine and get the results of a bloodtest . The tick was a deer tick which can be a carrier of Lymes disease as well as encephalitis , both very nasty indeed.
    All turned out well in the end till we got back to France where much to our horror I had to remove another tiny one from his tummy .This time I did not get all of it out and luckily a kind lady in a nearby Pharmacy in Joinville finished the job.
    By this time we hoped that the vaccine was effective and did no more about it and there were no nasty symptoms as a result .

    We came to the conclusion that my husband is a tick magnet and now take all possible precautions applying insect repellent and have also invested in some insect repellant clothing as well .

    So let us be careful out there !
     
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  2. yodeli

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    Well not the right season to have ...good time lying in the grass:BigGrin:

    But it can happen anywhere indeed. Ticks don't jump but they can crawl and make their way to the target they have spotted!

    I'm afraid Joy is going to hate me ... after the snakes and other little poisonous animals here I come with the TICKS :Eek!:

    A few years back, one happy morning (well only for a few minutes....) I went to the bathroom wondering why I had such an itchy eye... looked and looked again in the mirror , and nothing special ....
    Went on with usual things to do in house , and again too itchy eye for nothing to be in !
    Went again in the bathroom and tried to have a better look ...
    When..... suddenly I noticed something moving on the edge of my eyelashes .... ahaaaaaa what's that?????

    Looked everywhere else,just to find out it was moving along my forehead next to my hair just the same !!!
    Straight to hospital as it was really becoming too itchy!
    Went to the emergency eye specialist (called Ophtalmologue in French) who asked me to put my head on a special medical tool so that she could have a look with magnifying glasses. I saw her changing face ... and heard a "OMG" never saw that before !
    I'm unique I replied , I always knew it ...:Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:


    Ok Are you ready for the horror bit?











    A tick had laid its b****y eggs all around my right eye., and along my forehead:Angry::Angry:!
    The doctor had to remove all the little buggers one by one with a special tong:Eek!:!


    YUKKKKK:Doh::Doh:
    I just don't know when and how it happened. I think my dog might have had one and when lying next to me on the sofa the tick must have thought I could be tastier :RollEyes:

    Anyway ....Sorry Joy .... But you know as the doctor said it never happens ... except on me :Laughing::Laughing::Laughing:
    I just can't forget it!!!



    Happy hols in France :Rofl1::Rofl1:

    Frankie:BigGrin:
     
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  3. DavidG58

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    Well thankyou very much Frankie

    I had a tick related thread the other day relating to our dog, (Lola) been to vets about a possible infected wound

    While there asked him about what the tick did after filling on my dogs blood, he said they would die due to the Frontline or whichever potion we had used

    Now I am as worried as I was before I spoke to him, do you treat your dogs?

    WE almost certainly must miss some of these ticks on our dog due to very long hair, when they drop off, what happens?

    Thousands of baby ticks all over the house??:Eeek:

    I am itching all over already

    David


    edit - I would have liked your post but just couldn't
     
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  4. Kool Kroozer

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    :Eeek: Sounds like something out of a horror film:Eeek: Glad to hear all parties concerned are doing well now though :BigGrin:
     
  5. yodeli

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    Don't worry about liking my post :Laughing:, it's one of my worst adventures and indeed don't really like to remember it!

    Anyway, I don't have anymore dog now but I certainly avoid the prairies and woods during spring and beginning of summer .
    I used to have my dog (poodle toy) completely "naked" he was bold all summer ! Too many insects and little funny herbs around . Then I also used to oil his ears (had the hairy bit all removed as well!) and paws (between toes) so that ticks can't hold onto

    Don't get too worried about the little buggers , once they have the medicine in, that's it they just fall dry . Even if you miss one , you can't have what I had . It really is something very exceptional. the doctor said , even on tramps she never saw that so indeed relax!

    I was just unlucky..... as always!:BigGrin::RollEyes: My Karma I guess ... but I do cope with it:Cool:


    Have a nice time

    Frankie:Smile:
     
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    From time to time I like to be reassured that having a dog would be far too much trouble for me...

    Kids grow up, buy you drinks and take you to football.


    Dogs?

    No way...


    JJ :Cool:



     
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  7. pandj

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    After one of our trips to the New Forest earlier this year we found a tick on Floyd, tried to remove it with tweezers but left a bit in so a trip to the vets was due. They found two more and removed them with a tick remover.
    We treat him with Advocate monthly, this doesn't do ticks but does lungworm. Frontline does ticks but not lungworm, as the vet pointed out that lungworm is a killer he suggested Advocate was the way to go with the addition of a tick collar, which is the route we took along with the purchase of a tick twister for removal of any he did pick up.
    Apparently the warm wet winter has been perfect conditions for the little buggers so there's plenty about this year.

    Jax knows all about them as she had Lymes disease a few years ago from a tick. Not good and not an experience she wants to go through again.
    After a walk we give him a good check over just in case he's picked up any hikers on his walk.
     
  8. chrisinplymouth

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    I have a labrador that like all dogs picks up ticks on occasion. Following trying various different methods for removing ticks, some less successful than others, I was given a tip from a military dog handler. Go and get some alcohol wipes from the chemist, when dog (or human) gets tick, cover the head of tick with wipe and massage gently. The tick hates the chemical and withdraws its mouth pieces that normally get left behind when pulling off. The tick will come off with a gentle pull.

    If you have not got alcohol wipes most wipes that are chemically impregnated will do......last time I used a wipe from a packet of Lidel windscreen glass cleaners.....(screenies)...worked a treat!

    Best wishes

    Chris
     
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    Mike Beaches and other suspects please take note --- but could happen to anyone wearing short shorts or swimmies ..... some years ago I walked across unmown grass, sort of low knee height on part of a campsite that had been left to meadow, to go to the loo. As I sat on the loo, I noticed something high up on my inner thigh ........

    When I got beck to the tent I asked Pete if he could see what it was as I couldn't really get near enough in me varifocals to give it a good steady stare.

    Got it in one - TG I had tweezers. Also had one on the back of my neck after visiting a national park in Aus; and we hadn't gone 'off path' anywhere. Bare neck but always wearing a fairly wide-brimmed hat, so it must have leapt from a vine or something. That one had burrowed and I kept saying 'What's this spot on the back of my neck? They all said it was just a spot. Odd I thought and washed my hairline more vigorously from then on .... Yup another one. One morning it had evidently come back up to the surface and felt hard when I washed my neck - I said Have I scratched that spot and made it bleed? Nope, dropped off on Pete's hand and he squished it, blood everywhere!

    Yukkkkkk.
     
  10. laneside

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    For your dog buy a cheap tick removal tool of EBay but if you do not fancy that smother them in Vaseline as it suffocates them or as someone else said best malt whisky
     
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    Good Grief Frankie that & JJ You really are Unlucky :Rofl1:
     
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    We keep a tick removal tool in our first aid kit.
    Never use tweezers as there's a fair chance of either leaving part of the tick in the wound, and / or, forcing parts of the ticks' body through it's mouth into the wound. Sorry to be so graphic
     
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    Living here in very rural Northumberland and roaming freely on the farm, our dogs encounter many ticks, both sheep and deer.

    We always examine them carefully to find any.

    I used to pull them off, but occasionally parts would remain embedded, potentially likely to cause infection.

    Tick removal tools and tweezers also can not be relied upon every time.

    Last year I came across an almost magical way of removing them, it works every time!

    When finding a tick, expose it fully by folding the fur away from it. Then gently, using the tip of your index finger, stroke the little blighter with a circular motion for about 15 to 20 seconds.

    For some unknown reason, the tick will withdraw it`s head and fall off.

    I then take great delight in entombing it in sellotape and setting fire to it. the resulting mini explosion is very satisfying to behold.:Eeek:

    The important thing is to continue the rotational stroking, without squashing, as you do not want the little sod to regurgitate ingested blood back into the dog/cat etc.

    Treating with anti tick vaccine is pretty essential to stop the ticks in their tracks, but just in case you find any, this method will successfully remove any that you may find.

    My dogs do not object to this gentle tick removal procedure, and it really works.
     
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    We get ticks when walking, use a gadget called O'TOM to remove them. Had lots but never had a vaccine for the bite. The gadget cost a couple of quid from the vet. Got them in the van and at home. As we walk on moors a lot we almost expect them, especially on the dog.

    Bill
     
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    if you really want to scare yourself over Ticks then look up "Tick borne encephalitis" it a problem in parts of Europe particularly Austria where the population get vaccinated against it.
     
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    I too can recommend the O'Tom tick remover :thumb: Saw them using one on I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here as well :Rofl1:

    Jessie had such a tick infestation last summer, that I've bitten the bullet this year and bought a Seresto collar from the vets. Cost £41.78 :Eeek: but it is supposed to be the only effective thing v ticks. When I got home I checked the price online and saw that they were £18.50! Of course you'd have to add on the postage and the cost of getting your vet to write out a prescription.

    Will watch Jessie with interest this summer!
     
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    ticks

    I am at St Goar on the Rhine, yesterday I removed 17 ticks from my dog. Tick removal implement, marvellous bit of kit.
     
  18. Cobweb

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    Wow !

    What have I started ! 17 Ticks ! We are heading for the Rhine soon , If dogs get 17 ticks what change do we humans have. As far as I understand It is the deer ticks that can carry the nasty decease so if you get bitten it is important to know what kind of tick it is and how long it has been attached . The sooner it is removed the better . The telltale sign for possible Lymes decease is if the bite begins to look like a bullseye . If that happens see a doctor ASAP .
     
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    Tick update!

    It has been hot here in Austria and we have spent a lot of time outside .I am a Mosquito magnet and cover myself with either Skin so Soft or if really desperate Deet almost every day before setting off on a cycle trip . Husband says " I don't like all that stuff ...it is all snake oil ! Today sitting in a shade on our grass pitch
    He wanted me to look at this funny black dot on his leg ....Here we go again I thought ...and it was a tiny, tiny black tick! Luckily it had not had time to attach itself as yet and to our amazement there was another climbing up his leg !
    "Where is that b****y Deet woman ! " he yelled. He is now a born again repellant user since it seems that he has not lost any of his powers as a Tick Magnet.
     
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    ticks

    thanks for this, reminded me about dog, so will check him every day when we are away this weekend. Please note there is a tick alert in scotland just now. Mild winter has meant they are endemic now...
     

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