Our rottie just died and we were pretty sure that she had been poisoned. We still don't know for sure but our tenants dog was vomiting and because our dog died she took her dog in to be checked out and he has tick fever. Please check your animals for ticks especially in the cotton valley area.
So sorry to hear that!!
This is an older thread about ticks and I still stand behind the Ivermectin being the best treatment for eliminating ticks completely on your dogs.
We have two dogs. We've been using frontline on both and just switched to K9 advantix (yesterday b/c of the issues with ticks), which is supposed to repel the ticks. The adopted crucian confusion has not had one tick since we got him. Our stateside dog however... I've pulled a dozen ticks off her in the last week. I doubt we can use the Ivermectin on her b/c she is part Aussie Shepherd. Any ideas why one may be getting ticks and not the other? Is there anything we can do to spray the yard?
I don't know about Aussie Sheperd but I've seen and heard success with the Ivernectin for lots of dog. German sheperds don't have an issue and I recall Paul Hess telling me some dogs such as Collies I think should not use it.
I would consult him about that.
Coconut retrievers aka cruzan mutts can have a natural defense against them and against local allergies. The lowest maintenence dogs seem to be the local shelter mutts. I suggest everyone that can go adopt one:-)
On spraying the yard I can tell you some stories. We were caretaking at a house that had German Sheperds on site that belonged to the owners in NY. They had ticks pretty bad and it seemed to come in waves. We tried everything! Frontline, and all the drops, bathes and dips, spraying the perimeter of the house, spraying the yard. Shaving the older one. More than once the home owners paid one of the exterminating cos. to spray about an acre around the house at the tune of a couple hundred bucks or more. Nothing worked! We would get dozens a DAY. Then I spoke to a neighbor that had 3 German Sheperds and he told me he had zero ticks. WTF???? The properties were adjoining!!! How can that be??!!! He'd been using ivermectin since they were young and his were expensive, loved, and beautiful dogs. That was back in 2003 and we've used it since. We now have ZERO ticks with 4 dogs. It kills the cycle.
Call Island Animal and speak to Paul about your Aussie.
We have 2 mini Australian Shepherds and only use Frontline on both. I was told that they must not go in the water ie: have a bath or go swimming, 48 hours before and after the application. So far, 4 1/2 years later, we have never had a flea or tick 🙂 - you watch now I have jinxed it but touching wood . Good luck and let us know how it goes.
Talk to your vet. There's a test available to determine if your dog has the hyper-sensitivity. Approximately 1 in 5 aussies don't have the sensitivity. With a mixed breed, your odds might be better. More info here:
OK, this may be a dumb question, but... Where I lived in the states, you could only get ticks when surrounded by trees. I've also recently switched from Frontline Top Spot to K9-Advantix because I had researched that it was better. Now, not only have I found ticks on both my dogs, but picked one of myself this morning, too, and we have NO TREES on our property! How can there be ticks? Although, to be fair, we do live across the street from kimd, so maybe they're infecting us. 😀