Post # 1
Five years ago I adopted a dog from a dog control shelter. He’s been my baby since then. Last year we moved into a house that’s on a wooded lot. We have tons of deer that come right up to our house. We can’t seem to keep the ticks out of our house. Lyme disease is very prevalent in our area. We’ve treated the yard for ticks, put out deer repellent, and have put Advantix on our dog monthly. He stills gets ticks on him and even biting him. Tonight was our last straw – a tick moments away from crawling on my 5 months son. I squashed it and moved my son away, but now my husband and I are terrified that despite costly preventive measures, we are still getting ticks in the house. Darling Husband and I both closely check our dog when he comes in.
Darling Husband has 2 aunts who have lyme disease and they are both very ill from it. One is almost unable to walk anymore and she’s only in her early 40’s. I am heartbroken, but I think we need to find our dog a new home. I can’t stand to think abot giving him away, but the thought of my son getting a tick bite makes me sick. We’ve tried everything we can think of too fix it, and short of moving (not and option) to a more suburban or urban area, we don’t know what else to do.
Any suggestions for us? Has anyone else been in a similar situation?
Post # 3
That stinks for sure!
1. Is moving not an option forever?.. or just right now?
2. If moving is an option as “some” point do ya’ll have family that could maybe take the dog?
We had a dog from the time I was practically born, but around middle school moved into a place we couldn’t have pets.. so my dog went and lived with my grandparents who have their own land and we of course got to visit her at family holidays/functions… When we built our house a few years later we took her back home with us.
Just a thought if moving sometime in the future is possible. Otherwise I think that finding him a new home might be good.. especially since ticks could get him sick too. =/
Post # 4
@mrstilly: Can you keep the dog chained out back in an area thats clear of brush? (Obviously humanely). That way he wouldnt be in situations where ticks could get on him.
Post # 5
OH.. or building a dog run?… So that he becomes an outside dog but you can make a place that’s clear out from brush like @MsNarwhal suggested?
Post # 6
Have you tried other tick prevention meds? If Advantix isn’t working for you, maybe you should try Frontline Plus and see how that works.
Post # 7
Try a different flea medicine and try to keep the dog confined to areas without tall grass. Your son’s well being has to come first, painful as rehoming the dog might be.
Post # 8
Thanks for the replies.
@runsyellowlites: We can’t move for at least a few years, but likely won’t move for longer, like 10+ years.
We are trying to see if any of our family or friends can take him, but nothing has panned out yet.
@MsNarwhal: He really doesn’t stand to be an outside dog and I don’t really agree with it anyway. Just my personal opinion, but dogs I’ve had growing up and now with my dog, they’ve always been indoor family dogs. I’d feel awful looking at him outside all the time, especially since we have really cold winters with lots of snow.
@Jeannine @ Small Chic: We have tried frontline before and I didn’t notice a difference between using it and using nothing as far as ticks go. We’ve tried the collars too. Those are the main two choices, right? I’d try something else if it’s out there, although his coat is just long enough that I worry that he could bring them inside on his fur, without them biting him, and we’d miss it.
Post # 9
@mrstilly: I would look into a yard spray (attached to a hose). We have it and use it monthly. You spray all the brush/grass where the dog frequents. It kills fleas and discourages them from returning.
There are several brands, you can ask your vet what they recommend.
Post # 10
If you are closely checking your dog, is it possible the ticks are getting in another way?
If moving is not an option, would clearing all or some of the lot be?
Have you tried more natural tick repellents, like garlic and/or essential oils? They would be safer for your pet, you, and of course, your baby.
My husband wants a wooded lot, but this is the number one reason I don’t…I HATE ticks! Hate hate hate hate hate them! *shudder*
Post # 11
Have you tried talking to a vet? Or even an exterminator?
If the dog is bringing them in, you can bet YOU will bring them in, too. Ticks don’t just go for pets, they go for ANYTHING warm-blooded. Heck, even the wind can blow them on you.
Personally, I’d suggest talking to an exterminator and explaining the problem. Let a professional tell you how to get rid of the ticks.
Post # 12
You might want to try a different medicine. We use frontline and its worked great, they get ticks when they dont have it on but none with it on
Post # 13
I third the Frontline. It’s always worked great for me and I took my dog hiking in all kinds of brush and grasses. Maybe your dog has some kind of super-resistance to it:) So maybe the yard spray is your best option until tick season is over, which should be soon.
Post # 14
Oh i didn’t see you tried frontline, maybe it has to do with the long fur. Maybe you could trim down some of the fuzz so they can’t hitch a ride on his fur?
Post # 15
@mrstilly: My apologies…it kills fleas AND ticks (left that out). I called my vet and they recommended Adam’s brand of yard spray.
Best of luck!
Post # 16
We also use Frontline. I haven’t seen a tick on my dog in many years and he has semi-long hair. It works great. Could you try it again? And I live in what was the worst county for Lyme Disease in the entire country just a few years back. (Now it is ONE of the worst) We have a billion deer in our area, so lots and lots of deer ticks. I should mention that half the dogs in our area do have lyme disease according to our vet. It is very prevalent here, too. But my dog seems to do fine with the monthly Frontline treatment!