Ehrlichiosis in dogs
- I wonder if anyone has had experience with this. My son's dog is very
sick, apparently with ehrlichiosis transmitted by a tick (though the
initial test was negative, which is apparently not uncommon) the vet
is treating him with doxycycline. He seems to be developing DIC, which
is extremely serious. Has anyone had a dog recover from this?
They have recently moved into a house in the Santa Ana area, and the
house and yard are infested with ticks. They are trying to keep the
grass short, and the yard cleared of all debris, but can't spray
because my daughter-in-law is pregnant. Does anyone have suggestions
on non-toxic tick control? Thanks so much,
- We use FRONTLINE for tick and flea control which is applied directly on to the dog's back (a small capsule) Works great but needs to be applied once a month. It eventually breaks the cycle of the ticks that are breeding.
Hope the dog recovers.
- sorry to hear about the ehrlichosis . . .we just had a bad tick
event last a few weeks as well . . . this week one dog has been
diagnosed with ancylostoma sp. (an evil little hook worm) - which is
not transmitted by ticks but . . .
. . . it brings up an item for anyone in CR who has a dog.
We are having more tests as the dog has other symptoms (possibly
ehrlichosis? . . .didnt know they named nasty animal infections after
white house officials - novel idea for the future, I have nominations).
What bothers me is i didn't realize that we should have given the dogs
certain things. Perhaps someone on the board who is a vet can advise us.
For example, it seems dogs here should have an annual feces and blood
test at minimum. Both tick born and earth born creatures abound here.
I had not even thought about the issue of regular deworming or worm
A study of ancylostoma sp. found it in 23% of "well cared for dogs" in
- I am guessing a lot more dogs have it in CR than we expect.
On the ticks themselves, they have now gone as natures balance in the
garden has rearranged itself once again.
I am loathe to use any major insecticide attack on anything as they
are not "precision guided" so death comes to all in the neighborhood.
Did I mention the joboto event a year or two ago - I still have no
idea what they are but they left too. Dog tick collars are supposed
to be the most effective deterrent on dogs. Also this form of "little
brown tick" seems not that interested in humans. I also have no idea
why the ticks took off. So much to learn, so little time,
- Frontline works, but should be used with a tick
collar. And in Costa RIca, you may have to apply it
more then once a month. Kali
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- Here's a non-toxic trick I learned from my Tico neighbors and it
works great. Get the Clover brand of manteca (lard) and smear it on
your animal wherever they tend to get the ticks. You don't need a
lot, a light coating will do. For some reason the ticks don't like
the smell of this particular brand.
I have 4 horses and everyone gets a light application in the ears and
under the tail every 3-4 days. I rarely see a tick, which is
unbelievable down here. Before I started using it, tick infestations
were something out of a horror movie. I don't see any reason why you
can't use it on a dog, especially in their ears.
For ticks that get into manes and tails, or other places where
manteca just doesn't stick, I bought a little plastic tool
called "Ticked Off" at a pet store in the US. It is basically a
little spoon with a notch in one end. You scoop up the tick into the
notch, which gently lifts out the critter, head and all. Great on
those clusters (oh how gross) of ticks that we get down here, and you
don't have to touch the little buggers with your hands.
Finally, any time you remove a tick from your animal, drop it in a
jar of tick poison. If you just drop the tick on the ground, it's
only going to revive itself and multiply again and again. For really
effective tick control, you've got to be vigilent and very very
mean. Kill those suckas! You can get tick poison at any
veterinaria, just ask for the stuff to "mata garabatos". It's a small
bottle of stuff that you mix with water and can use to spray your
yard or any particularly bad infestations on the animal (but use it
VERY sparingly on the animal, it is toxic).