Spring and Summer Health Tips – Removing Ticks

by Deserving Pets on May 16, 2010

Welcome to spring and summer!   Unfortunately, one of  the things we get when spring and summer arrive are more insects! So here some handy hints on insect and tick control.

There are several ways to remove ticks from your dog.  You can try pulling gently on the tick until the head releases from the dog.  This does not always work well.  You may want to use a tweezers when you do this to ensure that the tick does not bite you.  Oftentimes, the tick persistently holds on and when you finally pull hard enough, the body of the tick frees up in your fingers while the head remains firmly embedded in the skin.  This often causes inflammation and a small red bump to appear at the original site of the tick bite.  Because of the threat of Lyme disease, it is important to remove the tick before it has been embedded for 24 hours.  This will help with preventing Lyme disease infecting a dog.

Handy tick removing tips: Take a bottle of isopropyl alcohol, remove the cap, and fill it with some of the isopropyl alcohol.  Take this cap and hold it tightly over the area where the tick is imbedded.  To do this, you’ll press the sides of the cap and into the fur and skin of the dog surrounding the tick.  You’ll have to part the fur with your fingers to expose the area.  Hold the inverted cap with the alcohol in it over the area for a few minutes.  When you remove the cap, hopefully the tick will be floating free in the isopropyl alcohol.  Either the tick will be laying unattached on the dog’s fur, or you will pick it up with a tissue, or the tick will be floating in the cap.

Another safe and effective way to remove the tick is coat the area where the tick is with the essential oil of thyme.  Thyme oil causes the tick to disconnect and also acts as a disinfectant in the general area.  A tick has to feed for 24 to 48 hours before it can transmit any spirochetes.

Ticked Off

Ticked Off, a non- toxic product that prevents and kills ticks, can also be sprayed on the tick and the general area.  This product is excellent for tick prevention and tick disposal.

Because deer ticks are small and their bites don’t itch, they are easily overlooked.  Ticks prefer warm, moist conditions. Remember to double check under your dog’s collar and around his ears.  Never try to burn  a tick out or apply irritating substances like kerosene, because this will cause the tick to expel the contents of its digestive tract.  Hydrogen peroxide may be applied to the area after the tick is removed.

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