Posted : 4/11/2008 7:28:42 AM
Us too Lori we live in a wooded area and that is why those ticks are so bad. We use revolution and since revolution has some tick prevention my Vet has us alternate Rev and Front line every 2 weeks in the bad season. I was complaining that Revolution wasn't doing the trick for ticks! But I found that frontline isn't a miracle either my dogs STILL get them.
What I did find through observation of my dogs is this. Hailie my pug never goes into the woods, she rarely has ticks. River tends to stay on the paths they made and has fewer ticks. Brooke is my mountain goat, she is always into the wood and has ticks everyday regardless of the prevention. Not a lot of them but a couple (I imagine without the prevention she would be covered) she is short haired and light brown color so we see them walking on her head and can get them often. Other times we find them buried and we try our best to keep her off furniture, beds etc so not to drop them on our furniture. My cat is long haired and she loves to sleep in the middle of the grasses in the woods and she too get them often.
Since tick don't fly or hop they transfer onto the animals via: climbing up growth (bushes and high grasses) and when the animals rub against them the attach. The also get there via: deer or animals by being rubbed onto the high grasses. Lawns don't usually have a high content of ticks because they are manicured. So prevention in keeping Willow (if you can) out of the woods and high grasses will help a lot.
PS: My Vet has also suggested that if I know my dogs are going on a hike to use a spay before we go, in addtition to there monthly treatments for extra pertection.