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Friday, 7 May 2010

Bloodsuckers

Hello furries and peeps! We've been away from Blogland for so long, but after visiting only a few blogs today we realise that there's alot of heartache going on and it's mostly been caused by ticks.

There's Digby who has had a very bad reaction to a tick bite........and Petey's HHI friend Lulubelle who has Rocky Mountain Tick Fever. Paws crossed they both make a full recovery, and soon.

Our Mum has a friend who has suspected Lyme disease and she's really suffering with it. This awful disease is caused by being bitten by an infected tick. It is easily treated in it's early stages with antibiotics but in later stages can attack the nervous system and cause all sorts of terrible symptoms.....and all due to a long-forgotten bite from a tiny bloodsucking critter!

This month is Lyme Disease Awareness Month.....and we weren't aware of how bad it can be until we Googled it. You can buy one of these pins to support research into the condition here,
but the best thing you can possibly do is to prevent further spread of this and other diseases by treating your pets with an appropriate product........go and see your vet for more information.... and do it TODAY! Other measures you can take are garlic supplements (and give your pets pet-safe ones) and to brush your pets, especially dogs after walking, and regular bathing with an anti flea and tick shampoo.

Lecture over.....we're off to do more visiting....it's great to have decent service at last!

16 sniffy tailwags:

Sunny,Scooter(sometimes Jamie) said...

hey guys! wanted to drop by and say hey. when Mom puts up some pics from the trip we took and some from the dog shows, she just loved the 15 inch beagle in group. (though she was having troubles with camera and doesn't remember if she got a good pic of him.)
Ticks...what are they good for!
Hugs
Sunny&Scooter

Sue said...

Ticks cause lots of bad diseases. Tsar had Ehrlichiosis at one time. He's well now after treatment, but it seems to always stay in your system.

We want to get one of those pins to show how concerned about this.

Kira The BeaWootiful said...

Wooos Beagles and my Snoop! we will have to start back up now won't we. I missed woo all, although there are quite a few sweet looking boys I have had my eyes on since woo have been gone, but woo have not been replaced in my heart,... yet.....
~husky kisses~
-Kira The BeaWootiful

Kira The BeaWootiful said...

Wooos- I almost furgot,
Happy, happy, Belated Barkday to woooo, Snoop!

~husky kisses~
-Kira The BeaWootiful

Honey the Great Dane said...

Hi guys! I'm glad you're back in Blogland and I hope you come to visit me soon!

Yes, my humans have had to take a crash course in ticks too! We had some back in NZ but just pests that give you itchy bites - whereas here in Australia, they have the paralysis tick which many doggies die from every year and it's really scary and my humans have to check me over everytime I come back from a walk in the park...such a pain!

Slobbers,
Honey the Great Dane

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Ticks can be very dangerous. With the thick coats we have, it is often very hard to find them. We have always been on a preventative program.

Welcome back.

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

怡逸凡君 said...

may the blessing be with you.........................................

Petey said...

MWAH!!!!

That's a big, long-overdue kiss to Rosie who I feared had abandoned me!

MWAH!!!!!!!!

Your loving hubby,

Petey

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Nice to hear woo here again!

Tikhks are a nasty thing - thanks fur spreading the word!

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra

Stella said...

Hi Nikki and the Beagles!

We have been MIA too but we think we are back. Its good to be here with all the pals.


Kisses,

STELLA!

Maggie and Mitch said...

A stoopid tick gave me kidney disease but the good news is that I'm eating better than I have in my whole life!
Our paws are crossed for Lulubelle and Digby!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Agatha and Archie said...

We hate hate hate those stupid ticks...... Welcome back!!!!! Love A and A

Lorenza said...

Thicks are nasty!
Kisses and hugs
Lorenza

Dennis the Vizsla said...

I'm sure ticks fill some sort of ecological purpose, but I'd be willing to see if we could do without it.

The Army of Four said...

Excellent post! Ticks are nasty things! Our aunt was sick from Lyme Disease for quite a while - but she's OK now!
Tail wags,
Storms

Carolina said...

We treat our cats and dogs with anti-tick and -flea stuff. Wish we could wear a collar or get those drops in our neck too, because I got bitten by a tick last year and still suffer from the dreaded Lyme disease. Fortunately my only symptom is that I can be very tired sometimes. Nothing worse. Little buggers!
Good post!