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Old 02-27-2011, 11:05 AM
 
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Rueger and you will be happy to know that we pretty much have no ticks or bugs up here. We don't use advantix on our dogs here but still use heartworm pills. When you do hike with him, keep an eye out for moose, they can be aggressive towards dogs. Personally we've never run into any, but there was a momma and her baby walking around Vail last summer.
No fleas ... apparently due to the very dry climate. You still have to be careful about the contact your pet may have with others that have been brought up to the area on short trips, where the other dogs may have fleas with them from their home climate.

but "no ticks"? .... I don't think so. I used to have to check my dogs pretty regularly for them after hikes in the Vail area in some months of the year.
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Old 02-27-2011, 12:19 PM
 
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Maybe we've been lucky with the ticks, but in 10 years we've had the dogs they've never had a tick in Colorado. We were at the vet last week and he still suggests heartworm pills but no flea and tick medicine.
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Old 02-27-2011, 01:43 PM
 
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Maybe we've been lucky with the ticks, but in 10 years we've had the dogs they've never had a tick in Colorado. We were at the vet last week and he still suggests heartworm pills but no flea and tick medicine.
You've been lucky.

April-May-June are prime months each year for a huge tick infestation in the area. For me, they've seemed to be more prevalent in the areas where there was a lot of moisture, such as wet meadow areas with trees or areas just recently melted off in the spring.

Even my short-hair Dachshunds could find ticks and needed to be checked over after hikes in the area. Long hair breeds are much more difficult to find the ticks on, and your dog may actually have had a tick feast on it and then drop off as they do in a day or so without you knowing it. Plus, if your dog is as curious as mine have been to "visit" with the skunks, raccoons, and other wildlife in the area ... there's a huge tick infestation in that wildlife population. Tularemia is a big problem in the wild rabbit population, and it's spread by ticks. You'll also find ticks on the deer in the area. If your dog is investigating nesting spots for these animals, it's coming in to contact with areas where the ticks will be present.

I've had to be very careful riding my horses through the wooded areas downvalley and over to the 'boat to not pick up ticks. It's fairly common to see ticks hanging off of low lying evergreen branches in the spring ... so you keep an eye out for them to avoid brushing those branches.

If you'll google the tick problem in Colorado, you'll find them very widespread in the wooded areas at higher elevations. Not only that, but there's a "brown dog tick" that's specific to canines in the area which can and will create an infestation inside your house, although this variety doesn't cross over to feed on human blood. This variety cannot survive Colorado winters, but can readily survive inside your house.
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Old 02-27-2011, 01:53 PM
 
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Thank you so much Dogmama! You made me feel a lot better. The thought of leaving our GSD is heart breaking. I too, think he would enjoy the weather there much more than the hot and humid days we have here on the southern Georgia coast.
I plan on doing a lot of hiking when we move, and being a female, I will feel safer having my dog Rueger along with me.
I'm am definitely getting excited about this move. Thanks again!
When hiking, it would not be unreasonable to have both Rueger and a Ruger with you.
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Old 02-28-2011, 12:03 AM
 
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When hiking, it would not be unreasonable to have both Rueger and a Ruger with you.
In the Vail area in summer, I've known plenty of spandex shorted gals that run into the back country without a thought. In the past 10 years I can think of a few cases of people that got lost or had an accident and perished while on day hikes. I can remember a few search and rescue cases that dragged on for a while.

I think most people get confused and think Vail is an urban area but while long, the populated part of the valley is narrow and it abuts up to hundreds of square miles of deserted wilderness with no sign of civilization except for a few forestry roads.

The populated trails on the ski hills or along the valley, I wouldn't worry too much, but I'd probably pack heat hiking anywhere else, for protection, signaling, etc. I've had too many black bear encounters to count. One guy got in trouble in Bachelor Gulch for shooting a bear with a 9 mm pistol, but it made an approach on him and there is nothing else you can do. I'm sure many of the greeny hippy liberal types would scoff at carrying a gun, but a lot of Colorado is just as wild and as dangerous as it was 200 years ago and it can bite. A gun is a tool that can be useful. I come from several generations of Colorado hikers and they have plenty of stories of unexpected circumstances and issues, with wildlife, weather, people, etc.

There are definitely ticks about around Vail. I have brushed a few off, don't recall being bit.

Colorado Ticks and Tick-Borne Diseases
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