A few comments on Sheep Ticks – Summer may be coming – watch out for wild fires.

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Kenny Kennworthy  –  remember, a bullseye rash only manifests in about 50% of cases. A massive problem in Roseisle and Culbin forests.

Anne Butler  – Use Bravecto for the dogs. I used it for Molly last year as did Heather with Milly. Beforehand using Frontline l was pulling 20 live ones a day off them after a day on the hill. After the first Bravecto tablet from the vet Molly only had two dead ones all year!

Summer is coming – maybe get fitter to get out on the hills. I am still only 14 days since my last operation but slowly getting there. Walking is a bit easier but not easy with the drain in my bottom! I get very tired still and sore but the sun makes me feel so much better.   I hope to get out tomorrow and have a short walk on the Cairngorms Bynock Mor where one of my friends completes her Munros. It will be great just to have a short walk and maybe meet them all.  I managed to get a short walk to Cummingston my local cliff the sun was wonderful and the Moray Coast exception. I even had a paddle in the sea and a splash about as the salt water is always a great healer. Please watch as the “Broom and bracken” is very dry and there are wild fires on my local Estates at Ben Rinnes .

 

Forest Fires - in North Wales 1986

Forest Fires – in North Wales 1980 with RAF Valley MRT

Comments Sheep ticks from my Blog.

Kenny Kennworthy  –  remember, a bullseye rash only manifests in about 50% of cases. A massive problem in Roseisle and Culbin forests.

Years of roaming around Scotland and I never had a problem. However, after walking the dog in Roseisle forest I found a tick on my leg with a red blemish around the bite. A few weeks later I found a rash in the same place, but it was very faint, only just noticeable. I was put on Doxycycline for 10 days and they took a blood test. The NHS lost my blood test and it was too late to take another after the event! That didn’t really matter because often the Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria don’t show anyway. I have had no symptoms of lyme disease onset since. I was very lucky.
Not so lucky for a guy I met at Heriot Watt. He had been doing ecological surveys in Roseisle forest and picked up a tick – no rash. The event led to lyme disease and he never got out of his bed for 18 months and 10 years later is still on 10 tablets a day to try and control it. It still badly affects him. Most importantly the NHS doesn’t have the expertise to treat full-blown lyme disease.

 

Anne Butler  – Use Bravecto for the dogs. I used it for Molly last year as did Heather with Milly. Beforehand using Frontline l was pulling 20 live ones a day off them after a day on the hill.
After the first Bravecto tablet from the vet Molly only had two dead ones all year.

 

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4 Responses to A few comments on Sheep Ticks – Summer may be coming – watch out for wild fires.

  1. Kenny says:

    Years of roaming around Scotland and I never had a problem. However, after walking the dog in Roseisle forest I found a tick on my leg with a red blemish around the bite. A few weeks later I found a rash in the same place, but it was very faint, only just noticeable. I was put on Doxycycline for 10 days and they took a blood test. The NHS lost my blood test and it was too late to take another after the event! That didn’t really matter because often the Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria don’t show anyway. I have had no symptoms of lyme disease onset since. I was very lucky.

    Not so lucky for a guy I met at Heriot Watt. He had been doing ecological surveys in Roseisle forest and picked up a tick – no rash. The event led to lyme disease and he never got out of his bed for 18 months and 10 years later is still on 10 tablets a day to try and control it. It still badly affects him. Most importantly the NHS doesn’t have the expertise to treat full-blown lyme disease.

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  2. Might be worth adding that dogs can also get Lyme Disease. Our lab was very poorly with it a few years ago when we hadn’t Frontlined her before a Scotland trip. They are always Frontlined on the 1st of every month now!

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