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The silent danger of the rainy season: Ticks

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The silent danger of the rainy season: Ticks

 

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Doctors have warned of the dangers of ticks in the rainy season in Thailand especially for very young children in houses where there are pet dogs.

 

The warning came after a story was shared online of a six month old baby girl, the daughter of Siriphak Koonkiat.

 

She told on Facebook how her daughter would not stop scratching her ear. After trying to get some wax out she went to bed but woke up and her ear was red raw from the irritation.

 

She was taken to hospital and some black residue was found inside but due to the fact that she is a very small baby she would not keep still so they decided to have her admitted.

 

She was put under anesthetic through a drip and spent twenty minutes in theater where doctors found the culprit - a tick embedded in her inner ear.

 

It was dead which the doctors said was just as well - otherwise it might have meant a lengthy stay in hospital costing a lot of money.

 

The doctor treating the child said that this was a problem especially in families where there were dogs and young children - and the rainy season exacerbated the issue.

 

Thai Rath reported that the family had three dogs but were very responsible owners making sure that the animals were vaccinated, slept apart from the child and were bathed regularly.

 

The doctor said that despite these measures it was easily possible for the ticks to come into contact with people as they would hide out in nooks and crevices in a house then infect the human host.

 

Warnings were issued to parents to be on the look out  for what Thai Rath called the silent danger of the rainy season.

 

Ticks are called "hep" in Thai.

 

 
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Indeed.  When we lived in the countryside, outside the house/patio was crawling with them - we did have 4 dogs.  Live in city suburbs now, no dogs (1 cat inside), haven't seen one yet.

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I read recently some ticks can turn us into herbivores, make us allergic to meat!!

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14 hours ago, Moonmoon said:

I read recently some ticks can turn us into herbivores, make us allergic to meat!!

If only that were true !

What about Lyme disease ?

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9 hours ago, Moonmoon said:

I read recently some ticks can turn us into herbivores, make us allergic to meat!!

 

Not only meat but the protein in it what is in many other products as well. A colleague of mine got bitten by a tick (in a 55th Floor hotel in Tokyo - don't ask) as few years back and suffered 3 years from it. A super strict and not fun diet plus heavy supportive medication  during that time turned it around.

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17 minutes ago, canardo said:

Our Gold Retriever in downtown BKK were always full of ticks last year, every evening hand picked like 10 from each dog, partly "empty" and partly full with blood", nasty nasty. But since we give our dog BRAVECTO pills every 3 month seriously no more ticks be found neither on her nor crawling in our house. Can seriously recommend it. Rubber necklaces or neck drops were useless!

Thanks for the info.

 

I live in downtown Bangkok and our dog constantly gets tics. I remove 6 - 10 every week and have tried all sorts of sprays and powders. Nothing seems to help.

 

I will try those pills. I assume I can get them from a vet.

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6 minutes ago, petedk said:

Thanks for the info.

 

I live in downtown Bangkok and our dog constantly gets tics. I remove 6 - 10 every week and have tried all sorts of sprays and powders. Nothing seems to help.

 

I will try those pills. I assume I can get them from a vet.

 

Yes you can, they have 4 sizes I believe pending on the weight of the dog. One pils for a 25kg dog costs 750 THB and last 3 month. You might have to ask around a bit, as they are sold out a lot. Maybe LAZADA...

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We do the monthly tick shot at the vet and it works great....it takes 3 months to take hold and must keep it up monthly for effectiveness...200B a shot....

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100% on Bravecto pill every 3 months.    I have a Boxer and a Soi dog.   Neither have any Tics or Flees.  Totally clear.

 

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27 minutes ago, canardo said:

 

Yes you can, they have 4 sizes I believe pending on the weight of the dog. One pils for a 25kg dog costs 750 THB and last 3 month. You might have to ask around a bit, as they are sold out a lot. Maybe LAZADA...

I bought frontline from the vet, one of the best known brands, and expensive and was absolutely useless, the dog was running around all day like he was knocking one out. was pulling just shy of ten ticks of a day. bought the cheap stuff from lazada, no more ticks. saying that wouldn't be surprised if the frontline from the vet was fake

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1 hour ago, canardo said:

Our Gold Retriever in downtown BKK were always full of ticks last year, every evening hand picked like 10 from each dog, partly "empty" and partly full with blood", nasty nasty. But since we give our dog BRAVECTO pills every 3 month seriously no more ticks be found neither on her nor crawling in our house. Can seriously recommend it. Rubber necklaces or neck drops were useless!

I wash and groom my dog regularly but still find the odd tick and usually in the ear so take it out, I looked at your recommendation Bravecto pills and vets are trying to get it banned as the side effects can be fatal Follow this link. Here is a link to the facebook group Does Bravecto Kill Dogs ? https://www.facebook.com/groups/411371212394679/

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2 minutes ago, Raybangkok said:

I wash and groom my dog regularly but still find the odd tick and usually in the ear so take it out, I looked at your recommendation Bravecto pills and vets are trying to get it banned as the side effects can be fatal Follow this link. Here is a link to the facebook group Does Bravecto Kill Dogs ? https://www.facebook.com/groups/411371212394679/

 

I know this, but I think it is bullshit or bad PR from their competitors.

 

A friend of mine with a dog shelter in Chonburi uses BRAVECTO for 9 month already on 70 (!) dogs of various breeds, mixes, sizes with no issue. Seriously!

 

Ticks a too bad, all the other things we tried like rubber necklaces etc are craps, especially if dogs are not moving over the day but sleeping and laying around a lot. Our first dog died on a virus (forgot the name) she got when eatien a tick and she suffered 8 months from a slowly dieing liver...

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2 hours ago, canardo said:

Our Gold Retriever in downtown BKK were always full of ticks last year, every evening hand picked like 10 from each dog, partly "empty" and partly full with blood", nasty nasty. But since we give our dog BRAVECTO pills every 3 month seriously no more ticks be found neither on her nor crawling in our house. Can seriously recommend it. Rubber necklaces or neck drops were useless!

Thanks for the advice on Brevecto. Our dogs usually get a few ticks but this year we are pulling over a dozen out of each dog every day. We had used the shampoo before and this year I bought frontline spray but neither seems to make any difference. I'll give Bravecto a shot. It is not on Lazada but I can order it in the UK and get it sent out here. :smile:

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With chickens and guinea fowl in the garden nothing that creeps or crawls stands a chance.

 

Shame they don't like ants :sad:

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