Well it’s tick season again. As I live in a very wooded area we have lots of ticks so I give my dogs NexGard chewables for flees and ticks. They work well, the ticks start to die very quickly after biting the dogs. After we go for walks I try and find any ticks that are visible on their fur before they have a chance to bite them, or jump onto me. They have very thick fur so I miss most of them.. When I’m petting or scratching them I often find scabs from where they’ve been bitten. My instinct is to scratch off the scab but I’m guessing I should just leave them to come off on there own, which will probably create less scarring. Any opinions on if I should take off the scab or leave them alone? I have noticed over the years that lighter colored dogs seem to attract more ticks then darker colored dogs. This is the 2nd time I’ve had 2 dogs, and both times the lighter colored dog attracts more ticks. As I write this I also have realized that both times my lighter colored dogs were bitches. Could it be this instead of the color that attracts more ticks? I’m honestly not thrilled to be giving my dogs pills that are poison, but the tick collars just don’t work as well, IMO, and if they weren’t on the pills I’d likely be getting bit more often too. They are also vaccinated against limes disease. I try and wear darker clothes if I’m out cutting firewood, or clearing culverts, so as to hopefully attract less of the evil creatures. I do find it strange that there’s a vaccine for limes disease for dogs but not for humans. I’ve probably been bit well over a hundred times over the years, probably many, many, more than that actually, and I’ve so far been lucky.