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Hi! About 3 weeks ago my dog had a tick on him that has likely been on him for a few days. I'm not sure if we didn't get the head out or what, but I'm wondering if he needs a trip to the vet because it's a hard lump that wont go away now. It's not red and doesn't bother him at all so I read online to "just let nature take its course"? Thanks in advance for any help.
 

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Hi! About 3 weeks ago my dog had a tick on him that has likely been on him for a few days. I'm not sure if we didn't get the head out or what, but I'm wondering if he needs a trip to the vet because it's a hard lump that wont go away now. It's not red and doesn't bother him at all so I read online to "just let nature take its course"? Thanks in advance for any help.
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We have a big problem with ticks here, my two run loose in the field outside where sheep are grazed. Sometimes they come in covered in them (in their early form before they start sucking the blood. They look like tiny spiders. I've taken up to 30 off one dog in an evening, disgusting things.

If they do attach themselves, to remove them you should twist them and pull, I've got a little gadget that works well, but don't ask me what it's called, it's Bulgarian.

It does sound as though the head is left in there, and it probably will work it's way out eventually. but is there anything to get hold of with tweezers? But if nothing's grown it's obviously dead and as it's not bothering the dog I wouldn't worry about it.

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Hi! About 3 weeks ago my dog had a tick on him that has likely been on him for a few days. I'm not sure if we didn't get the head out or what, but I'm wondering if he needs a trip to the vet because it's a hard lump that wont go away now. It's not red and doesn't bother him at all so I read online to "just let nature take its course"? Thanks in advance for any help.
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We have a big problem with ticks here, my two run loose in the field outside where sheep are grazed. Sometimes they come in covered in them (in their early form before they start sucking the blood. They look like tiny spiders. I've taken up to 30 off one dog in an evening, disgusting things.

If they do attach themselves, to remove them you should twist them and pull, I've got a little gadget that works well, but don't ask me what it's called, it's Bulgarian.

It does sound as though the head is left in there, and it probably will work it's way out eventually. but is there anything to get hold of with tweezers? But if nothing's grown it's obviously dead and as it's not bothering the dog I wouldn't worry about it.

Lynsey

Oh my goodness I couldn't even imagine pulling 30 off at a time! But we don't see anything to pull out with a tweezers so we will just keep an eye on it! Thanks so much!
 

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It's not as bad as it sounds - when they are tiny like that they are on the hair, not attached. I wrap sticky tape upside down around their brush and it picks them all up.
 

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I guess my reaction would be to make sure to use something like frontline+ as a tick preventative. There are many others on the market, that's just the one that came to mind.
 

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I guess my reaction would be to make sure to use something like frontline+ as a tick preventative. There are many others on the market, that's just the one that came to mind.
Yes put on some flea and tick prevention now so hopefully we won't have any embedding issues again.
 

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I'm rather confused by these tick treatments. My thinking is... it's only when the tick bites the animal that the chemical acts to kill the parasite. But by then the damage is done, if it is carrying Lyme disease or whatever, the dog has it anyway. Obviously the dog or cat is more comfortable because it doesn't have a parasite living on it, but it still has whatever the parasite is carrying. Am I being thick here? If I am (not unlikely) please explain, because I've thought about this a lot and I just can't get to grips with how these treatments are supposed to work.

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My sister lives in Minnesota, and she gave up on flea and tick treatments for her dog. The topical stuff just didn't work. Her dog gets covered in ticks ranging from the size of a pine nut to the size of a small grape. It disgusts me, but she just picks them off, and her dog has never had any problems.
 

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If the topical stuff isn't working, there are lots of systemic choices out there too. IMO systemic is more fool proof.
 

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From what I have read and heard, most ticks in the Mid-Atlantic region, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware and Virginia, carry the Lyme Disease bacteria. Any tick bite is likely to transmit the bacteria, and unless treated by antibiotics, the bacteria will at some point result in your dog or other pet developing Lyme Disease. Lyme disease does not have clear cut symptoms, and the major risk is that if not treated shortly after the tick bite, the bacteria moves into areas which are difficult to treat by antibiotics. This is the same for humans. Unless you live in a completely urban, downtown environment, you have to either keep your dogs away from wooded and grassy areas, including dog parks, or give them a thorough review after they have been outside.
 

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Lyme disease isn't the only tick-borne illness to worry about, either. I once had a dog become deathly ill from Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. And LoveMyDog52 is absolutely right that dogs do not always present recognizable symptoms when infected with one of these diseases. We didn't get a good diagnosis until her nervous system was affected and she began having tremors.

We've had good success with SimpleGuard 3 as a topical treatment to keep ticks and mosquito bites at a minimum.
 
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