Yesterday afternoon I found a small grey tick on my horse's back leg. i poured copper sulphate on it to kill it and then carefully pulled it off. after looking at pictures on the internet i think it was a paralysis tick. I dont think my horse had any symptoms but what should i do???
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Paralysis tick- what should i do??
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If you're worried about it I would call the vet and talk to them to see if there is any concern.
next time - do not pour any thing on the tick - the chance to get poison into the horse is greater if you irritate the tick - and yes, just consult with your vet. Hopefully nothing will happen! Warmest Ann Lindberg
Thank you. I checked on him yesterday and he is perfectly fine- not showing any symptoms!! Thank God!!! I was so worried! Is there anything i can do to make sure he doesnt get any ticks again?
There are several sprays, powders, etc that are good for ticks, mosquitos, flies, fleas, etc. The one I use is a spray called Bronco, seems to work on just about all pests. And is safe for horses, dogs, cats, and people.
If you feed 1 table spoon of yellow sulphur to your horse each day, it will keep all insects and ticks off your horse. If the ticks do bite, they will very quickly die. My horses do very well with this and I never have to use sprays.
I bought an insect repellent rug last summer and it helped so much. See http://horserugsaustralia.com.au/
When horses in the paddocks either side of mine were getting ticks regularly, my horse was fine. He hasn't had it on over winter while the insects aren't so bad, and over this time I have found a couple of ticks on him(not paralysis though). As soon as the insects start up again with the warmer weather, my insect repellent rug will be going straight back on!
Good to know about the sulphur Gen.
We get heaps of those ticks every year. From experience they dont make horses sick. (unless they are infested with them and with all the TLC that everyone here gives their horses, infestation is not likely!)
To remove them just use tweezers and pull the tick out in the direction it has gone in. Other wise you will leave the head in there and it is irritating and more itchy. After it is out I generally leave it, but if you wanted you could put some teatree oil on the spot to help reduce the itchying, (that's what I do for my kids anyway :) )
Now if I find a tick on my dog, well that's when I get worried!
Ah okay. thank you :)
and Gen, we feed him the sulfur only about three times a week when we go out to see him (because i agist him).
I can't rug him unfortunately because of how hot it is where we live :(