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So, our family just got our first dog. I grew up with dogs, but didn't have a lot to do with their care. . .I just fed/watered/and let them out when they needed to go out. My family's last dog was pretty old, my parents stopped taking very good care of her, and she was actually euthanized <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> because she had a tick infestation they couldn't get rid of (my parents were RVers and didn't clean too well once they got older. . .the place was full of ticks). Anyway, guess what I found today in my house? Yep, a light gray, almost white, very full tick <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/grossedout.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="gross"> on my kitchen floor!!!!!! So, what now? Our pup is 5 months old, a poodle, we do hike almost every weekend and on walks around our neighborhood she likes to walk through tall grasses. Should I use something like frontline? I tried her on ACV in her water (even just less than a teaspoon) and she wouldn't drink any of it. What else can I do? She does have a grooming appt for next week (her first), we bathe her with dr bronners baby mild once a week, we brush her daily.
 

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well, Frontline is something I do-even though I don't like it. BUT my dog got a tick a few months ago in spite of my using it. He got bloodwork done for a non-related issue and tests came back that he was anemic-I remembered the tick and they ran a tick titer (which can tell what they've been exposed to.) I asked the vet if there were anyway to reverse a tick borne illness in canines (I thought there wasn't) and she said they would do a round of antibiotics. So you might want to call your vet and mention the tick.
 

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I'm afraid I don't know much about ticks. But bathing once a week sounds like way too much to me...
 

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We always used things like frontline, just to "be safe" as tick-born illnesses are NOT GOOD!! Especially if you go hiking. The bathing sounds normal as long as it's a mild soap. Ticks gross me out! Lol. I'd mention it to your vet.
 

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Yes, I would frontline. Fleas are worse. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
And Heartgard... heartworm is an awful thing and the treatment is very painful, EXPENSIVE, and not always effective.<br><br>
Other than that? Feed a good food, socialize and train her, and enjoy your buddy for the next fifteen years.<br><br>
Oh. And, uh... spay her. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy">
 
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