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jalama
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Someone gave me a rescued dog two weeks ago. I found two little ticks on her yesterday. I immediately took her to the groomer and treated her for fleas/ticks with prescription Advantage. Does anyone have any strategies for how to deal with owning a dog? Needless to say, I'm very attached to the dog, or rather, she is very attached to me. Wants to be on my lap all the time and I let her sleep with me... I'm thinking I just need to keep her out of the brush and on low grass, indoors, or at the beach and brush her and tick check everyday. Have I lost my mind?
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scorpiogirl
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I don't know but that's a very personal call. Right now our kids are begging to get a cat/dog but there is no way we're getting any pet any time soon. First off I'm allergic to the fur. Secondly, we do live in an area w/ ticks and I have meet Lyme patients who got bitten either walking their dogs or from their dogs/cats. So to me the risk is too high.

We are spending $6K a month on my treatment. I have lost years of my life... and now we learned that our baby has Lyme as well. So I'm SCARED to death of ticks. I used to love walking bare feet in my backyard but now I won't even leave the patio!! High rises are looking more appealing each day!

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I have always had dogs, I love dogs! I had three at one time, two of them got Lyme disease, but anyways, I just wanted to say that I don't think you should allow the dog to sleep with you.
All of my dogs were crate trained, dogs love their crates, my only dog now sleeps in his crate in my bedroom.
I loved all of my dogs and they really do enrich our lives, but I am not getting another when I lose this one. 1 because I have to take allergy medicine because of him and 2 they are a lot of responsibility. I say that now. Lol

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We rescued our dog about a year after I got really sick (5 years ago) and he has been my lifesaver. He lays with me in bed and has been by my side no matter what. If I am having a bad day, he won't even get out of bed to go to the bathroom until I get up.

I myself cannot imagine life without him or any dog, but that's me.

@scorpiogirl, my brother has an Italian Greyhound, almost no fur and she is litter box trained, so she never goes outside. Just a thought, there are some options out there.

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I have 5 dogs and will always have dogs. I won't give up on the love of my dogs in fear of ticks no matter how sick I am.

I use frontline plus on my dogs. They go out in their fenced small area where the grass is always kept short and I put DE out there regularly. We check the dogs everyday for ticks. I do not walk my dogs. They are inside dogs and just go out to potty. My wrap around porch which is very elevated off the ground (10 ft) provides a safe running area for them.


I will bring a tick in on my clothes before I will find one on the dogs. I am a tick magnet.

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Frontline seems to keep the ticks off of our two dogs which play in the woods.
I hope that helps.

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moving to general support

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