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  • My dog is covered in hundreds of ticks how do i get them off
  • My horse has big ticks, how do i get rid of them

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    03-09-2012, 10:37 PM
  #11
Foal
DO NOT cover the tick in anything like Vaseline or rubbing alcohol, this will usually cause the tick to vomit up the blood it has ingested which dramatically increases the chances of your horse getting sick.

The method recommended by most vets is to take large enough a pair of tweezers, grasp the tick as close to your horses skin as possible and steadily pull straight back (perpendicular to the skin) - do not yank and do not twist, doing either will increase the likelihood of the tick's head separating from it's body.

AFTER the tick is removed, drown it in a mason jar full of rubbing alcohol - there it won't matter if it vomits up blood as it dies and you can drown multiple ticks in the same jar until you can't fit any more.
     
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    03-09-2012, 10:55 PM
  #12
Weanling
Holly - are they cattle ticks?? We had a similar problem (don't know if its the sudden humidity or what but the tick population went ballistic) , we used a few vials (get the vet to give you a weight/dosage) of Frontline (the stuff for dogs/cats) for a quick fix as it killed the larve and eggs as well as the adult bugs. Your vet might have a generic substitute that would be cheaper but it worked really well.

Chickens are rubbish for getting rid of ticks - you want a few guinea fowl , there's lots cheap on trademe usually , really low effort and they roost in the trees so no hutch needed. They get rid of ticks/ flying ants - any insects really. Or Peacocks are good as well im told , but the guinea fowl are cheaper, not especially bright birds though.
     
    03-09-2012, 11:46 PM
  #13
Trained


Raising Guinea Fowl

When we first moved to Oklahoma my horses got covered in ticks. An old farmer told me about the Guineas and I got about 30 with my next door neighbor. Haven't seen a tick (nor a snake) in years. LOVE my noisey, utterly stupid Guineas!
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    03-10-2012, 11:31 PM
  #14
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Holly - are they cattle ticks?? We had a similar problem (don't know if its the sudden humidity or what but the tick population went ballistic) , we used a few vials (get the vet to give you a weight/dosage) of Frontline (the stuff for dogs/cats) for a quick fix as it killed the larve and eggs as well as the adult bugs. Your vet might have a generic substitute that would be cheaper but it worked really well.

Chickens are rubbish for getting rid of ticks - you want a few guinea fowl , there's lots cheap on trademe usually , really low effort and they roost in the trees so no hutch needed. They get rid of ticks/ flying ants - any insects really. Or Peacocks are good as well im told , but the guinea fowl are cheaper, not especially bright birds though.
Yeah I think so, we're on a dairy farm so I'm guessing that's them, but we haven't seen any on our cows so apparently they would rather my horse
Oh wow, that might be an idea, didn't even think of that lol.
Yeah he's covered in ripcord at the moment, so far there's no more ticks and most of the lumps have gone down where I've managed to pull the suckers out.

Now he's got those horrible crusty bits that are lumpy from having ticks on them.. Should I pick them then disinfect and treat or just leave them? They're even over his face and he didn't have ticks on his face! His legs are still a bit puffy too so he's having those sponged down with cold water each day.

I see the picture below, they look like pretty cool little animals haha might talk to dad about them.
     
    03-10-2012, 11:56 PM
  #15
QOS
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Poor guy!!! Biscuit had two ticks last year that left lumps. He had last summer and it left a scabby place for weeks. I run my hands over the horses all the time checking for ticks.

A friend said one of her horses years ago got infested with ticks on its tail. She said a clump of its tail just fell out. Poor thing!!!

Hope your boy is better soon.
     
    03-11-2012, 01:04 AM
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Poor guy!!! Biscuit had two ticks last year that left lumps. He had last summer and it left a scabby place for weeks. I run my hands over the horses all the time checking for ticks.

A friend said one of her horses years ago got infested with ticks on its tail. She said a clump of its tail just fell out. Poor thing!!!

Hope your boy is better soon.
Yeah I felt so sorry for him, he's feeling a lot better now so hopefully I can keep on top of it!
I've been over-checking him for ticks ever since, everywhere from inbetween hairs on his tail, to in and around his sheath, and up through his forelock and everything, I'm going overboard but I'd rather do that than have this happen again
     
    03-11-2012, 08:58 AM
  #17
Foal
This is horrifying. Ticks FREAK me out. They're so hard and their little legs wiggling UGHHHH. I'm not usually such a girl about this kind of stuff, but beetles and ticks and spiders just scare the crap out of me. Out of all of them, ticks are the worst for me. If I had seen my horse covered in hundreds of them, I probably would have screamed, started balling then passed out.

I worked in a dog grooming salon, and any time a dog came in with ticks I had to have one of the other girls get them. :( It's embarrassing! Especially freaks me out if I feel one before I see it. Giving me the willies just typing this.

I hope your boy gets better!
     
    03-12-2012, 12:06 AM
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This is horrifying. Ticks FREAK me out. They're so hard and their little legs wiggling UGHHHH. I'm not usually such a girl about this kind of stuff, but beetles and ticks and spiders just scare the crap out of me. Out of all of them, ticks are the worst for me. If I had seen my horse covered in hundreds of them, I probably would have screamed, started balling then passed out.

I worked in a dog grooming salon, and any time a dog came in with ticks I had to have one of the other girls get them. :( It's embarrassing! Especially freaks me out if I feel one before I see it. Giving me the willies just typing this.

I hope your boy gets better!
Yep, after seeing that many in one go I'm not a fan of them either
I very nearly did do that and I've seen things more gruesome than I care to describe, I think it was more because that was my baby covered in those things.

I can just imagine that haha.
He's better for now, now I'm just not sure to do with the crusty bits left behind. Like do I peel off the crusty bits and disinfect them or just leave them? Hmmmm
     
    03-13-2012, 10:03 PM
  #19
Weanling
This post gave me shivers, you're poor guy! Im not sure what to do about the crusty bits. I probably wouldnt pick the scab off just so that there arent open wounds that more ticks could infiltrate.
Good luck!
     
    03-14-2012, 12:33 AM
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This post gave me shivers, you're poor guy! Im not sure what to do about the crusty bits. I probably wouldnt pick the scab off just so that there arent open wounds that more ticks could infiltrate.
Good luck!
Hmm, good point. Didn't think about that. Maybe I'll just keep the bits disinfected over top of the scabs or something. I'm going to keep the ripcord on him though so hopefully that deters the little suckers
     

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