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Date:   28 December, 2014  
Focus: Small animals - dogs, cats, hamsters, guinea pig & rabbits

De-ticking services at Toa Payoh Vets
Dr Sing Kong Yuen, BVMS (Glasgow), MRCVS
Update: 28 December, 2014

DE-TICKING SERVICES FOR DOG OWNERS IN SINGAPORE

The most common complaint in Singapore is heavy infestation of ticks in a dog. Sometimes, the spot-on insecticide, Frontline, is not effective for various reasons. There may be a need to use another brand.

Ticks do cause fatal diseases like tick fever in dogs. Therefore, it is best to ensure that your dogs don't get tick bites.

Dog owners with tick problems can contact Toa Payoh Vets by phone at 6254 3326 to make an appointment to de-tick their dogs.

We need time to get the dogs clipped, bathed with tick wash, pluck out the ticks and advise on tick control at home. Bring the dog to the Surgery at 10 a.m. and take back the dog the next day in the afternoon. It takes around 2-3 hours to clip, bath and pluck out the thousands of ticks stuck into the dog's body.

The estimated cost of de-ticking a medium to large breed is $250 - $300. For small breeds, the estimated cost is $$200 - $250.

An additional $50-80 is payable if the dog needs sedation for hair clipping as the heavily infested dog suffers from painful and inflamed tick bites will not stay still for clipping, esp. around the facial areas.  The cost of antibiotics and spot-on insecticides are additional optional costs.
 
 
Adult Siberian Huskies. Heavy tick infestations. Treated at toa payoh vets, singapore Adult Siberian Huskies. Heavy tick infestations. Treated at toa payoh vets, singapore Adult Siberian Huskies. Heavy tick infestations. Treated at toa payoh vets, singapore.

De-ticking heavily infested dogs at Toa Payoh Vets

 

 
 
How to de-tick a dog. A video of the Border Collie being de-ticked at Toa Payoh Vets is at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYP57ikgYtE


TICKS IN MANY DOGS

E-MAIL TO DR SING DATED AUG 28, 2010
I read your very informative article here:  Ectoparasite control lecture. I have a question.  I have 9 Papillons which were heavily infested with adult ticks and "baby" ticks.  (At least that's what my vet said they were although they look like mites to me.)
 
After weeks of bathing and grooming, I finally applied FrontLine Plus Spray, which has worked very well at killing all the ticks which I could not remove by picking off.  Now, a week later, I am seeing a slight re-infestation of small (baby) ticks/mites.
 
I would like to use a Bayticol 6% rinse on them (10ml/15L water dilution = 40ppm). Is this safe?  My Papillons are all 3-4 kilograms. And I have a 10 week old puppy.  FrontLine Plus Spray was applied one week ago.
 
Thanks in advance for your help.
 
Name of owner
Thailand

E-MAIL REPLY FROM DR SING DATED AUG 28, 2010

I am Dr Sing Kong Yuen from Toa Payoh Vets, toapayohvets.com
Environmental control of ticks is very important. Most likely you have not been able to do it. Once you have just applied Frontline spot on, it is risky to apply another insecticide so soon. You need to find the source of your ticks as it appears to originate from the environment e.g. wall and floor cracks. Spray an anti-insecticide wash into the cracks.

Generally, I would advise clipping off the coat of all dogs with heavy tick infestations, apply de-ticking wash thoroughly over the body, pick off the dead ticks and check for live ones. Then house them away from their usual area but this may not be practical advice in your situation. Best wishes.

Video: How to detick your dog using Bayticol?

REFERENCES & CASES SEEN AT TOA PAYOH VETS

1.  Video: De-ticking dog service from Toa Payoh Vets
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYP57ikgYtE



liver failure, kidney failure, babesia canis, samoyed, toapayohvets 2.  Disease caused by ticks - A case in Singapore
Tick fever case educational video of a Samoyed treated at Toa Payoh Vets. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYhKxpbuZ3A

3.  A Cocker Spaniel has tick fever in 2011
4.  A Great Dane had tick fever in 2008

5.  A vet said that imizole is ineffective against Babesia gibsoni
6.  Babesia canis in a Samoyed in 2012

7.  Control of ecto-parasites in Singapore
8.
Using non-chemical means to prevent tick infestation in your dog 

8. Blog - A Samoyed has tick fever in 2012
8.1  http://2010vets.blogspot.sg/2012/07/tick-fever-in-singapore-dogs-from-drug.html

8.2  http://2010vets.blogspot.sg/2012/07/1074-sop-tick-fever-in-dogs.html

8.3  http://2010vets.blogspot.sg/2012/07/1062-acute-tick-fever-in-big-white-dog.html

9.  Salivation after de-ticking a dog

10.  Toa Payoh Vets - de-ticking services

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