Duke here, and I'm here to talk about ticks. *gross!*
Deer Ticks (Blacklegged) are primarily responsible for the transmission of tickborne diseases.
Here are some tips to prevent your pets from these little buggers:
- Keep lawn grass trimmed, don't give them a safe place to hang out
- Mice are good carriers for ticks -keep tidy outbuildings
- When returning indoors, examine your dog's coat, paws and ears carefully -if you have a lint roller, roll it over yourself and your dog
- Use topical, spot on treatments. There are non toxic varieties on the market that can be effective. These can be reapplied on an as-needed basis
- There are oral medications that offer protection, some are a combination created for parasites and fleas
Despite all best efforts you may find a tick attached to your dog. If so, there are several tick removal tools on the market, including:
Follow these steps recommended by the CDC:
- Use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin's surface as possible.
- Pull upward with steady, even pressure. Don't twist or jerk the tick; this can cause the mouth-parts to break off and remain in the skin. If this happens, remove the mouth-parts with tweezers. If you are unable to remove the mouth easily with clean tweezers, leave it alone and let the skin heal.
- After removing the tick, thoroughly clean the bite area and your hands with rubbing alcohol, an iodine scrub, or soap and water.
- Dispose of a live tick by submersing it in alcohol, placing it in a sealed bag/container, wrapping it tightly in tape, or flushing it down the toilet. Never crush a tick with your fingers.
Avoid folklore remedies such as "painting" the tick with nail polish or petroleum jelly, or using heat to make the tick detach from the skin. Your goal is to remove the tick as quickly as possible–not waiting for it to detach.
Thanks for taking such great care of all your pets!
~Stay waggy, my friends!
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