I. HATE. TICKS. Ticks have got to be the grossest, most disgusting, loathsome creatures that ever existed. And did I mention I HATE TICKS? I’ve had dogs since 1990, and I never had a problem with ticks. And especially with this batch of dogs, I’ve been extra careful when it comes to parasites, since all 3 dogs have tested positive for Ehrlichiosis in the past. We were successful in treating them, but we were warned that subsequent infections could prove more difficult to treat. So imagine my panic when I woke up one morning to find HORDES of these despicable parasites practically devouring our dogs! It’s as if they came out of nowhere! Like a hellspawn army of bloodsucking tiny demons.
I had our dogs slathered with Frontline and the vet recommended getting them a “semi-kal” (semi-kalbo) cut, with the hair almost cropped to the skin. I’ve never seen how our furry dogs actually look like under all that hair. Siam looks like a giant curly Jack Russell, while Cairo looked like a rat. They couldn’t really remove all the ticks, but they’re mostly dead already. We just have to wait for them to fall off (ugh!). But even then, my concern now is the multitude of ticks in their play area, just waiting to pounce on the dogs once the Frontline wears off. They suggested different solutions. One is Asuntol, a highly toxic powder that your dissolve in water then spray all over the affected areas. But it’s hard to find now, and it’s toxic to animals, so I’d have to move the dogs somewhere else for a day or two. The vet also suggested spraying anti-tick shampoo like Axxit, which aren’t as toxic and works relatively just as well.
I’m still scrounging the internet for possible safer ways to treat the area to kill the ticks and their eggs. I’m still at a loss how to purge my house of these vile creatures.
Suggestions are highly welcome.
As I wait for Dog Whisperer to air, I got to thinking about my dogs. Two of them just got new looks. So I decided to post their BEFORE and AFTER photos:
Here’s Siam my Miniature Poodle
I finally had his face shaved, something I was adamant I would never do, mainly because his facial hair was turning dark brown because it was always wet with water and drool. He ended up looking mighty unkempt with his constantly wet mouth. I didn’t want to shave his face because I didn’t want him looking like a poodle. I love it when people ask me what breed he is because he looks like a cross between a sheepdog and a mop. I’m not a big fan of the poodle cut, but I relented only as far as the face is concerned for hygiene purposes. I plan to keep the Chow-ish ploofy fur that everyone says is so un-poodle-like for as long as I can. As the months pass, grooming him becomes more and more an uphill battle. I literally have blisters on my hands caused by brushing out his balls of matted hair. I don’t know how long I can manage this, so eventually I think he’d have to have a short cut as well.
Here’s Cairo my Yorkshire Terrier
This was a difficult decision for me. Everyone tells me NOT to have his hair cut because that’s the crowning glory of any Yorkie, the fine long silky hair that distinguishes them from other breeds. But it’s always magulo! They end up looking like oily tendrils than they do long flowy locks. Plus, it’s so hard to spot ticks or fleas because he’s always a tangled mess. Who knows what lurks underneath that matted jungle. So I finally decided to give my poor boy a break and give him a puppy cut. And I am infinitely happier for it! I don’t think I’ve stop hugging and kissing him ever since the haircut! The long hair on his body is gone, he got more of a schnauzer cut, but he looks free and liberated from the chains of matts and tangles. I love it. Come to tink sa pwet, I think I’ll give him a big hug and snuggle with him as we watch Cesar Millan.