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post #1 of 37 (permalink) Old 10-24-2012, 08:42 AM Thread Starter
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Found a tick. What to do?

Just petted Kira and felt a small lump on her neck. Closer inspection, it appears to be a small tick beginning to fill up.
She was due for her monthly Frontline yesterday, so I applied it immediately.

What should I do at this point?

Should I wait and possibly let the Frontline weaken the tick (if that's the case)?

What's the right way to handle this?
I don't like ticks. They give me the willies.
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post #2 of 37 (permalink) Old 10-24-2012, 08:46 AM
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Get it off her. Vaseline, alcohol and tweezers.
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Get it off her. Vaseline, alcohol and tweezers.
Apply vaseline first, then alcohol?
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Use tweezers and get it off. There will probably be a bump there for a while. At least that is what I have ways experienced with my dogs after pulling off a tick. Nasty little things
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I have ways just pulled them out with tweezers and then put on an antibiotic cream.
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Make sure you get the head of the tick! You'll have to look close - about 5-6 inches from your eyes to make sure you've got the whole thing. And don't drop it LOL They are **** to find on the tile floor that's the same colour as the tick!
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Hey, how about that. I found the first embedded tick on my boy last night, right in the soft skin next to his junk. Only found one other, but pulled it off his fur. And now is only halfway through his Vectra treatment!

Serious pain in the ass, I got rubbing alcohol, treated the area, pulled slow. I sucked terribly at it and tore the body into 2 pieces, but I think I got most of it, I hope the rest doesn't do damage because I can't get at it, and he kept fussing. And Neosporin after.

On a similar note, where do these little crappers usually flock to? I have heard the back of the neck, but the fur is so thick there it's very hard for me to get a good look, and I can't be sure to get each inch of it.
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Just get tweezers and pull. It's myth that they will leave their head imbedded. I just pulled one off myself this morning. Stupid things.

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Now I'm wondering...

Kira's been scratching near her ear the past few days. I cleaned her ears, thinking they may have been itchy.

I also noticed that she's been nipping at her butt, and in one instance, she was rubbing her butt on the floor.
I need to give her a good look.

Can't find tweezers.
Ya think having a wife and three daughters, they'd be tweezers in the house?
Nope, not this crew.
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Anthony, take tweezers and grab the tick with them, then pull STRAIGHT OUT - don't twist or bend because you want to make sure the head of the tick comes out as well.

Then, inspect the tick - google brown dog ticks vs black deer tick and check. If you can positively identify the tick then you have some info on lyme. I understand that only deer ticks can transmit lyme disease. If its a deer tick, vets usually recommend taking her in for a lyme test after a certain period (check with your vet).

In order to inspect the tick, take a small cup and fill it with Alcohol. Then drop that nasty little creature in the alcohol.

To kill the tick, you either have to burn it until you hear a distinct "POP" or you can flush it down the toilet... careful if its a brown tick, those things can and will make your home their breeding grounds...

I think that's everything. Usually it's no big deal, I've pulled ticks out of my dog before. BUt they sure are nasty little things...
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