If your dog hasn't had tick fever, you are lucky. Two out of my three dogs have had it. One died from it, she was on frontline. My 8 week old puppy had it when we adopted her, it was not diagnosed until she quit eating.She got it again 2 years later while on frontline. Now 4 years in, she's a sickly dog on medications most of her life. We have switched to expensive medication Comfortis to prevent fleas and ticks. It has been working.
And yes tick fever does kill plenty of dogs on the island, not just the abused. They may seem to be normal dogs, but the life expectancy for a potlicker is under 10 years. Saga Humane Society has to test every dog prior to SNIP surgery because it's so common. The infection weakens their system and they can not tolerate anesthesia and have died while under.
Bring you dog, medications and a leash. Be respectful with your dog, keep in your yard and scoop the poop when in public places.
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