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Re: SPOON! The Tick [Re: Good_Karma] #212204
02/12/12 01:46 PM
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Risa and healthy equilibrium don't seem to go hand in hand when it comes to her gut. frown It really doesn't seem to take much to throw her GI tract out of balance again. Just now is really not a good time to add additional stress. *Sigh*

I'm sure, once I get her other food again, she'll get back to normal in a few days.


~Jamie~
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Re: SPOON! The Tick [Re: DancingCavy] #212945
02/15/12 11:49 AM
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Woah, Jamie! I've been totally out of the loop in internet stuff and have only been very briefly scanning the forums. I"m so sorry to hear about Risa's Lyme disease! I swear, I can't believe the luck. My dogs are swarming with ticks all the time, and we've never had an issue. That's what--the first tick you've found on Risa? I'm so sorry frown


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- Elsa - BrightStar Rescue - "Da Pookins"
- Medo - "The Beast From The East"

Re: SPOON! The Tick [Re: GSDElsa] #212960
02/15/12 01:41 PM
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Yep. First tick I found. frown Though I do know it's possible I could have missed one before. A friend of mine who lives in CT thinks Risa could have gotten it while we lived there and it only was caught now. Which, unfortunately, is also possible. Connecticut is the tick capital of the world, I think. (The name for Lyme disease came from the town of Lyme, CT.) Either way, I found a tick, I had my dog tested, and she has Lyme now. Awesome. frown

I just hope there are no long term issues from this.


~Jamie~
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Re: SPOON! The Tick [Re: DancingCavy] #213116
02/16/12 12:37 AM
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That is a good point from your friend. But, either way....sending you lots of zooming thoughts of goodness!!


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- Medo - "The Beast From The East"

Re: SPOON! The Tick [Re: GSDElsa] #213145
02/16/12 02:28 AM
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Thanks!! laugh


~Jamie~
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Re: SPOON! The Tick [Re: DancingCavy] #213643
02/17/12 10:34 PM
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Well Risa's poops are finally back to stable. It didn't take long which means it was the food and not some underlying gut issue. (Also known as "Jamie caught it before it became a huge problem.") Though she did end up with about 2 weeks of horrible, mucus poop and lost probably 1-2 lbs. frown

The Cosequin arrived today so I will start her on that this Monday. I also got another 28 days of Doxy to treat her with. With the gut issues, I definitely felt I needed to extend the treatment. Even better, no issues getting the refill. I just called up, asked for it, and it was filled. laugh


~Jamie~
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Re: SPOON! The Tick [Re: DancingCavy] #213710
02/18/12 06:45 AM
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I am glad that her digestive stuff is better, and that you have the extended doxy. Good smile


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Max, 5/2001-2/2012, RIP my partner, my Regal Boy
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Re: SPOON! The Tick [Re: MaxaLisa] #219436
03/17/12 12:19 PM
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So back to this again.

Risa will be finishing up her doxy next weekend (I am so looking forward to sleeping in again!). To prevent potential parasites in the future, I want to find something I can use as a tick preventative without resorting to using pesticides. No Frontline, K9 Advantix or the like. I'm not comfortable using them on Risa nor do I want such chemicals in my house.

I know neem oil is supposed to be effective but I'm not sure where to get it, how to administer it, etc. Do I just spray it on Ri when we're out in a ticky area? (I also read it degrades in UV light so how long is it going to be effective if we're outside in the summer?) Are there any other alternatives? Do I have to cover her entire body with whatever I use?

I really wish she could still tolerate the Bug Off Garlic. That seemed to work great!

Thanks in advance.


~Jamie~
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Re: SPOON! The Tick [Re: DancingCavy] #219441
03/17/12 12:31 PM
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Jaime,

How about this product?

I've never used it, myself, but have been thinking about it because the Frontline and such doesn't seem all that effective. I found a tick on caleb not too long after applying Frontline. It was dead, but the thing I never have liked about these things, is the tick has to bite to be killed. So it seems you still are at risk for getting a tick borne disease.


Johanna

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Ciara(aka Ciara Belle, Black Devil)

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Re: SPOON! The Tick [Re: Woodreb] #219475
03/17/12 05:41 PM
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I don't know how effective it is, but I was using a spray I made from the flea and tick drops at Mad About Organics, with added catnip oil drops (both bought from companies in oregon, have to be careful buying essential oils!).

On trips though, I used a preventic collar (pesticide) and I think it's called Repel (w/o DEET), an REI product.

Neither Indy nor Max were out in high tick areas in their last years, and the spray seemed to work (bonus, it kept the mosquitos off too). I don't know about frequency of application. I'm going to have to address this again with my nmext dog, I hate these stupid ticks.


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Jazmine, mini-mix, 10/18/2011
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Max, 5/2001-2/2012, RIP my partner, my Regal Boy
Indy, 5/1997-10/2010, RIP my friend, my teacher

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Re: SPOON! The Tick [Re: MaxaLisa] #220980
03/25/12 02:58 PM
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Risa finished up her last dose of doxy yesterday. So now it's up to her immune system to take care of everything. Fingers crossed. I won't know anything for sure til October when we redo her C6.

I also recently ordered Tick Flick'r from Earthly Remedies by Erin to try. It hasn't arrived yet but a friend of mine recommended it. Figure it's worth a shot. I only plan on using preventative when I am knowingly taking her into ticky areas.


~Jamie~
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Re: SPOON! The Tick [Re: DancingCavy] #220998
03/25/12 06:41 PM
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crossedfingers

Remember, october is the endpoint, when the C6 should be stable. If you see symptoms, you can test again, say in 3 months. If the C6 isn't lower, or has increased, that still tells you something.

This is one area where the cornell multiplex has an advantage.

With luck, she will be okay!

Last edited by MaxaLisa; 03/25/12 06:43 PM.

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Jazmine, mini-mix, 10/18/2011
Max-n-Indy
Max, 5/2001-2/2012, RIP my partner, my Regal Boy
Indy, 5/1997-10/2010, RIP my friend, my teacher

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Re: SPOON! The Tick [Re: MaxaLisa] #221031
03/25/12 11:19 PM
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I hope she's okay. I have enough stuff to worry about with her already.

Good to know that I can still test if something feels off even if it's 'early.'


~Jamie~
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Re: SPOON! The Tick [Re: DancingCavy] #221398
03/27/12 01:26 PM
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Jamie, I am so sorry to hear about what you've been going through with Risa. I had a GSD years ago that had Lyme disease. He came from Ohio and picked up the disease there. He recovered well, but never seemed quite 100%. Back then they didn't know as much as they do today though. I now have a tick problem, but started my on thread so I don't take over on this one. I wish you the very best with your precious Risa.


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Re: SPOON! The Tick [Re: starrchar] #256571
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Risa had blood drawn for her C6 on Saturday and I got the results back today. Her C6 level was 65 in January. It is now less than 10 (I guess they don't measure specifically under 10). Her Lyme is effectively in remission! HOORAY!!!

I just hope it never comes back.


~Jamie~
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