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IdahoMusher Posted - 05/26/2016 : 3:10:11 PM
Found the first tick of this year, unexpectedly in my yard. So I asked my vet if they knew of any Lyme disease in this area (SE Idaho). They said not. When I take dogs out on trips, I use bug spray on their legs and bottomsides, as I do on my own pantlegs, which seems to work, but I'm curious - what tick problems are other mushers aware of or have to deal with? Are Lyme disease or other tick-borne ailments in your locale? Do you have to use chemical prevention?
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IdahoMusher Posted - 05/28/2016 : 05:07:00 AM
That was a great map. I see Idaho has a pretty low rate of Lyme.
gonetodogs Posted - 05/27/2016 : 9:35:01 PM
If you look at the CDC stats and maps, SE Idaho does show a significant proportion its incidences occurring there in 2013 and 2014. I remember a GP once telling me that Lyme disease did not occur in British Columbia......totally erroneous information given by someone not keeping current with the literature.

http://www.cdc.gov/lyme/stats/maps.html

That site also has stats on other tick-borne diseases that may interest you.
IdahoMusher Posted - 05/27/2016 : 4:19:04 PM
Wow, you have to detickify your dogs even in the kennel? (New word, there). Usually I've only seen them out in the sagebrush. Creepiest of creatures, aren't they?
RSmith Posted - 05/27/2016 : 05:38:07 AM
All sorts of disease/complications ticks and fleas can transmit, not just lyme.
I use permethrin spray ( 1% ) and topically at 38% monthly as well as a growth regulator Fipronil 9% also monthly. Have to. All FDA approved.
Some breeds may have issues with these but I have had none in 15 yrs.

Do you HAVE to use pesticides, of course not. I just CHOOSE to because its been tested and relatively safe and approved for dogs and have had actual trials and double blind experimentation,etc,.

Others can choose to use less " toxic " substances, their choice.
But when used AS DIRECTED my dogs have had no side effects.

I use them 8 months a year.





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