Removing Ticks!

Removing Ticks!

 

The lowly tick is in the spotlight — thanks to growing concern about Lyme disease and a new awareness of all the dangers ticks can bring.

These nasty little creatures carry at least 15 common diseases, including Rocky Mountain fever, Lyme disease and others so serious you – or your dog – can die! There are countless other infections, bacteria and diseases that they also carry.

Ticks are hard to treat and control. They have the tenacity of cockroaches. Some types can live for more than a year without a meal.

They can wait on a small branch or stem for up to six months for a victim to walk by. Then they latch on and start their “blood fest.”

Ticks bite the victim, or ‘host,’ then burrow their heads under the skin. A barbed feeding tube syphons off the host’s blood. As they gorge, ticks expand up to 100 times their original size, filling themselves with blood. A tick that starts out the size of a poppy seed, can blow up to the size of a freakish grape after feeding.

Common tick, before and after feeding

 

Dog ticks removal

You can remove the tick yourself, if it hasn’t attached itself to an inner ear, an eyelid or some other delicate location.

Some owners prefer to go straight to the Vet to have the tick safely and cleanly removed.

It’s important to get the tick out within 24 hours of biting but don’t worry in most cases, the tick must be attached at least 36 hours to infect the victim with a disease.

You’ll need tweezers and rubbing alcohol or iodine and tweezers. The alcohol or iodine is for cleaning up the bite area after you’ve removed the tick. Plus you should have a small container filled with rubbing alcohol, to pop the tick in to kill it.

Be very careful – any contact with the tick’s blood can transmit infection to your dog or even to you! Wear rubber gloves. Gently but steadily pull the tick straight up

To start, pull your dog’s hair back and splash some of the rubbing alcohol around the area. It might temporarily stun the tick, and will also help keep the area cleaner. Then use your tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible. Start steadily pulling straight up. DO NOT TWIST OR TURN THE TICK. DO NOT SQUISH THE TICK.

 

Remember, the tick’s head is firmly embedded under your dog’s skin at this point. This head is barbed with backward-curving spines so the tick is firmly embedded.  Once the tick is out, thoroughly wash your dog’s wound with water and mild soap and apply rubbing alcohol or iodine.

Store the evidence

Without touching the tick with your bare hands, drop it into a small container that contains rubbing alcohol (the alcohol will quickly kill the tick), and mark the date on the container.

Keep the container.

If your dog begins to show symptoms of a tickborne illness, your Veterinarian may want to identify or test the tick.

Follow up

Keep an eye on the area where the tick was to see if an infection develops. If the skin remains irritated or infected, make an appointment with your veterinarian.

Wash your hands thoroughly when you’re done.

 The tick remover tool

A special “tick remover” tool can be found online or in stores, sold as The Tick Key (which clips onto your key ring); the Tick Nipper (which has a handy built-in magnifying glass) or the Original TICKED OFF tool. Of course you’ll need to be prepared with one BEFORE you actually spot a tick, since time to safely remove the tick is short.

 

 

 


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Ticks on Dogs

Ticks on Dogs

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Tick season is far from over.

If you have a small dog, did you know that you face a real conundrum when it comes to protecting that little guy from parasites like ticks? Ticks on dogs aren’t as bad as tick treatment for small dogs!

Here’s the conundrum:  Ticks pose unique and serious dangers for small dogs when bitten by a tick, the carrier of disease and germs.

BUT

Fighting off ticks the traditional way, with flea and tick medicine, spot treatments or spot-on treatments, is very dangerous for small dogs. So what can you do?

Why are ticks dangerous?

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Here’s a tick that’s buried its head into the dog, and started filling up with his blood.

These nasty little creatures carry at least 15 common diseases, including Rocky Mountain fever, Lyme disease. They also spread other infections, bacteria and diseases.

Ticks are hard to treat and control. They have the tenacity of cockroaches. Some types can live for more than a year without a meal. They can wait on a small branch or stem for up to six months for a victim to walk by. Then they latch on and start their “blood fest.”

Before and after feeding

Female ticks engorge themselves on their victim’s blood until they look like a horrible greenish grape. They can consume more than 100 times their weight in blood!! Then they start laying their eggs, up to 3,000 at a time.

Just some of the dangers small dogs face include:

  • Diseases – ticks carry more than a thousand and more are being discovered every year
  • Infections from the tick’s bacteria filled bite
  • Allergic Relations –  which can be life threatening for a tiny dog
  • Blood Loss – sounds crazy but a number of bites can actually lead to anemia in a small dog

Flea and tick medicine is WORSE than ticks!

warning-signThe EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) assigns risk levels to all pesticides for their potential dangers to humans — most flea and tick products contain chemicals that are, in their words, “likely to be carcinogenic to humans.” So imagine how bad they are for a tiny pet!

They’ve also reported that the spot-on flea and tick medications are particularly poisonous. Reactions range from mild skin irritation to seizures and death. And the worst reactions were found in dogs under 20 pounds.

ALL commercially created products can be deadly for your Morkie – From tick powders to collars, medications and spot-on products. Even vaccinations. Starting spot-on tick treatment? Beware!

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Protect your little Morkie from deadly ticks … AND deadly anti-tick treatment.

Think carefully before you get your Morkie treated against ticks and fleas

There are other ways to protect your dog; a careful program of getting them out of your immediate environment, avoiding places where they live, and being vigilant about checking for any ticks and safely removing them.

Please explore all the options; your Morkie will thank you.

 

 

The 3-step way to protect your dog without poisoning him!

1. BANISH TICKS from your home and yard, and avoid places where they hang out

2. SPOT & REMOVE  any ticks from your dog and watch the bite area carefully. Check him every time he comes inside.

3. TEST ANNUALLY for tick-borne diseases at your Veterinarian’s.

 


Want to learn more?

In my e-book, available on Amazon for Kindle, you’ll read about a 3-part program that can protect your small dog, without relying on deadly spot-on products, collars, powders, sprays or vaccinations. It’s solid protection, without the deadly risk.

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