Yes, that is ‘Braxton’ our 7.5-year old Harrier. Yes, basically a bigger beagle. A British hunting dog. Notice that unlike a Beagle he has no black.
If you count the ticks in the bowl it only comes to 9. I know. But, I picked one, straight from his nose before I brought him into the house. I needed help to remove the rest. Deanna picked the 9 above. She has better nails.
This is crazy. Early in the season & I did NOT take him in the woods. He walked on the road — albeit a dirt road.
Yes, we do spray stuff on them. Nothing seems to work & trust we we have tried so many things. Last night I ordered ‘K9 advantix II‘ from Amazon. That should be here by mid-week.
I really hope that ticks can’t spread the virus. If they can, I am SCREWED. Ticks are back in New Hampshire. Just picked a huge one off Maya. Given my long walks — in the woods — I get bitten often. So far, I have lucked out. I also think I have picked up some immunity against tick bites — I think/I hope.
But, as far as I know, I have ZERO immunity against COVID-19. So, if a tick can transmit it, I am screwed.
Now, the Red Cross is CLAIMING that the virus can’t be transmitted via blood — e.g., blood donation/transfusion. But, I doubt that they know for sure, for sure.
And don’t tell me to avoid getting tick bites. Impossible, unless I just stay indoors — and even then I could get one from the dogs.
Click to ENLARGE. ‘Newsweek’ headline from yesterday.
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As someone who picks ticks off himself (and the other day one was in MY PRIVATES(!)) and many, many, many more off the ($60 Frontline treated) dogs near daily I find this mind blowing.
WOW. This is beyond the pale.
Lyme disease is NOT funny. I know quite a few that have it.
I live in dread every day. This is prime Tick & Lyme country and as you must know I go walking/running/hiking around here every day. I don’t think you can build up immunity against Lyme but I keep on hoping that is the case. Though I manage to pick MOST OFF before they really manage to get through my rhinoceros skin, I still end up with 20 to 30 decent tick bites every year.
I guess with the warm winter and early Spring it was inevitable. We started finding ticks on the two dogs earlier this week. Today Deanna picked huge one off Braxton. So this is March 25, 2016. That is early. Ironically we have a coating of ice on the ground this morning.
Last year it was the first week in May! So that is a 6 week head start. Yes, we have Frontline and they will get their first treatment today. SMILE. So Heads Up!
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We thought it was early BUT judging from my 2014 post we found the first one, in 2014, on April 16. In 2015 we still had snow on the ground.
Yesterday was the first time we had been out for our ‘daily’ run, up/down Prospect Mountain Road, in nearly 12 days given our trip to Arizona. So it was like one-for-one. First run, first tick. So we are back on tick alert given that the two dogs spend a lot of time outside. I check their gums. A trick I learnt from a vet. Pale gums are a sign that they might be losing blood — to a tick! Remember that.