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Wednesday, 30 January 2008

Ticky wicky whoooooooooooooooooo's

Well this weekend Ludo had a tick. This is not unusual but its we normally get them from may to October.Normally it is very cold at this time of the year with snow and this seems to keep the tick's at bay.
I've always had dogs all my life but until we had moved out here to Germany I had never seen one before. They are the most ugly creatures and on occasion I have removed huge ones as big as a pea.At first when we removed them we used tweezers and twisted anti clock wise, its important to remove there heads as otherwise it can cause infection and irritation to leave the head in. Then squashed them and flushed them down the toilet. Now Chris can just twist them out by hand.
We regularly front line ludo and check all the area's of his body I've even found one on his face.I try to get to them before Ludo does.He tends to remove them himself and leave their heads in, this is a night mare to remove their heads with out their bodies to hold on to.
I was told by my vet that they can be carried about by hedgehogs and because the weather is mild they have come out into to garden instead of sleeping.
So keep vigilant as these little creatures seem to be surviving all weather condition's.

Here is more information about tick's.

Sorry this is a picture of a tick and quite gruesome, I hope it does not scare you to much if you have not seen one before.This is a pic off the internet not the one Ludo had even though they have been this size.



Molly the Airedale said...

YUK! and double YUK! Mom HATES ticks! You're absolutely right - they're ugly little creatures! Tell us why they even had to be created??!!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

The Black and Tans. said...

Ticky wicky wooooooos.... ergh!

Molly and Taffy

Faya said...

Beurk beurk beurk..... hopefully I am vaccinated.....but still beurk beurk....
Kisses, Faya

Caz and Ludo the cool dude said...

Faya even though you are vacinated against them your dog can still get them but kills the tick and helps prevent lymes disease.
We buy are frontline from the vets.


Finni said...

Yep, that's a whopper! Unusual for this time of the year especially since Germany is usually a lot colder in winter than the UK.
We've had quite a few ticks last year especially when on hols in North Yorkshire, don't get them so much where we live.
Ugly little critters!!!! They don't like garlic you know!
Finni xx

Lacy said...

woofies Ludo, dat tic is one ugly creature...most of ours iz smaller dan dat....

b safe,

Cassidy said...

Wah, me be having nightmares now! Me hopes me never meets an ugly ticky wicky woo woo!

Cassidy x

Princess Patches said...

That tick is one big critter! We usually have Frontline on us and neither of us has ever had a tick that we know of. We hope to keep it that way!

Poppy & Penny

Miriam said...

Gosh, I didn't know they survived the winter. It's a nightmare to look for ticks on my sweet furry one. By the way, Frontline didn't work for us, as it doesn't for many dogs out there, it is kind of individual. We changed to Exspot and never had a tick since.
Fingers crossed,
Miriam & Habca

Noah the Airedale said...

Crikey Ludo, that is horrid. Many ticks in Australia are fatal to dogs. They're called paralysis ticks. Lucky for you that one isn't one of those.

Hugs and tail wags
Noah Willow Tess & Lucy

la said...

Uh... that's a big one! Poor Ludo...

Woofies, Alex

Maya and Kena said...

Ewwww!! Ticks are ugly!!!
Poor Ludo...
We've never had ticks (and we don't ever want to telling by the looks of that monstrous one in the picture), but we have had fleas and they are a nightmare!
Hope you don't get anymore ticks!
Wags and licks,
Maya and Kena

Agatha and Archie said...

Archie just fainted from seeing that tick.We are ALLERGIC to frontline!!! Blech!!! Love A+A

Lorenza said...

Hi, Ludo!
That tick is a giant! Sure I hope you get rid of yours!
Kisses and hugs