TICK REMOVAL

Regardless of the pups we’ve had, from time to time they come up with a tick. Tick removal is no fun, but if the tick is not found or the tick is left unchecked the pup is really at risk for serious illnesses.

Ticks carry Lime Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever which are nothing to mess with. It’s easy to spot ticks, but you have to check your pup regularly and remove them when found.

This video is a good instruction on tick removal. It’s only 1 minute long and worth your viewing.

TICK PREVENTION BEATS TICK REMOVAL.

Ticks tend to hide out between pup’s toes, pup’s ears, and pup’s underbelly. I found a tick on Dixie’s back recently. Dixie has tan fur so the dark tick stood out easily. On dark furred pups you need to look closely and move the fur around so you don’t miss one.

Ticks burrow their head into pup and feed on pup’s blood. Ticks will actually expand their body to make room for the fluid. If your pup has a big old fat tick its been there a while. You don’t want to bust that sack, especially during tick removal.

It’s most important when you remove a tick that you get the tweezers right down close to the pup’s skin so that you remove the tick’s head as well as the body. Leaving the head runs the risk of infection plus tick’s have been known to grow back the body.

You can use standard tweezers or get a special tick removal tool from a number of pet product suppliers. After removal it’s best to apply antiseptic to the area where the tick was burrowed in. Check pup for the next few days to be sure it doesn’t become infected. If it does check with a vet.

Once you remove the tick you need to kill it. Their are several ways to kill ticks. Stomping on them doesn’t work well. Putting the tick in a jar lid of alcohol will kill the tick or instead of alcohol, burn the tick in the jar lid. Recently I’ve seen ticks encased in packing tape.

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