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I went to pet Zeus and rubbed my hand over his ear and felt a bump, looked close and saw a brown spot.

Searched this forum, looked up how to remove tick.

Got him as close to the head as i could and pulled up. He is alive and we have him cowling in a very tight little jar. he is alive so i guess I got the head just fine.

He does not look like he has eaten much.

I think it's a brown dog tick, he is small, brown and had lines on his butt. He looks like a female deer tick but missing a white dot on the back. We are searching the dog for more ticks now, but I will take a macro lens and post some pictures of it shortly.

We put antibiotic on the spot we pulled it from and there is a little bump there.

Anymore feedback would be great. Should I take the tick to vet's office on my way to work tomorrow? any benefit? I am terrified! I have never seen a tick before!
 

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Welcome to the wonderful world of ticks!

Just last night I pulled about 6 off my dogs and two off myself. You get used to it after awhile. :)

You can ask your local vet if there are any tick diseases prevalent in your area.

My favorite tool of choice for removing ticks is a bent nose forceps. The bent nose lets me get the tips right down to the skin. Once I have the tick in place I squeeze the forceps closed just enough to grab the tick and pull it out. Then I close the forceps completely - squishing the tick. Wipe the remains off with the tissue and I'm done!
 

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I seen this advice on facebook...doesn't hurt to try:)

Tick Removal

A nurse discovered a safe, easy way to remove ticks where
they automatically withdraw themselves when you follow her
simple instructions. Read this one as it could save you from
some major problems.

Spring is here and the ticks will soon be showing their heads.
Here is a good way to get them off you, your children,
or your pets. Give it a try.

A School Nurse has written the info below--good enough
to share--and it really works!

"I had a pediatrician tell me what she believes is the best
way to remove a tick. This is great because it works in
those places where it's sometimes difficult to get to with
tweezers: between toes, in the middle of a head full of
dark hair, etc."

"Apply a glob of liquid soap to a cotton ball. Cover the tick
with the soap-soaked cotton ball and swab it for a few
seconds (15-20); the tick will come out on its own and be
stuck to the cotton ball when you lift it away.

This technique has worked every time I've used it
(and that was frequently), and it's much less traumatic
for the patient and easier for me.."

Also, if you just pull a tick off, their heads sometimes break off
and are left under the skin so this is much safer. Be aware

also that a tick with a white speck on its back is a Deer
Tick, these can cause Tick Fever so check yourself and
your family good if you see any of these!

"Unless someone is allergic to soap, I can't see that this
would be damaging in any way.
Please pass on. Everyone needs this helpful hint.
 

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Thank you =)

I am trying to inspect for more, he has very thick fur and very long on his back so this is hard!
 

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Ticks are bad this year. My daughter is pet sitting in a neighboring community. The pet is an indoor rabbit. Today she found a tick on the rabbit's ear.
 

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we always use the dish soap. we are doing the Lyme vaccination because we live out in a woodsy area. didn't really want to do yet another shot but will take that over what Lyme can do
 

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i'm sorry to tell you but there's nothing the Vet can do for
your tick. being the typical irresponsible tick owner you
place the tick in a jar without air holes. i'm sure by now
other forum members have called TC (Tick Control) and
reported you.

I went to pet Zeus and rubbed my hand over his ear and felt a bump, looked close and saw a brown spot.

Searched this forum, looked up how to remove tick.

Got him as close to the head as i could and pulled up. He is alive and we have him cowling in a very tight little jar. he is alive so i guess I got the head just fine.

He does not look like he has eaten much.

I think it's a brown dog tick, he is small, brown and had lines on his butt. He looks like a female deer tick but missing a white dot on the back. We are searching the dog for more ticks now, but I will take a macro lens and post some pictures of it shortly.

We put antibiotic on the spot we pulled it from and there is a little bump there.

Anymore feedback would be great.

>>>>> Should I take the tick to vet's office on my way to
work tomorrow? <<<<<

any benefit? I am terrified! I have never seen a tick before!
 

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I seen this advice on facebook...doesn't hurt to try:)

Tick Removal

A nurse discovered a safe, easy way to remove ticks where
they automatically withdraw themselves when you follow her
simple instructions. Read this one as it could save you from
some major problems.

Spring is here and the ticks will soon be showing their heads.
Here is a good way to get them off you, your children,
or your pets. Give it a try.

A School Nurse has written the info below--good enough
to share--and it really works!

"I had a pediatrician tell me what she believes is the best
way to remove a tick. This is great because it works in
those places where it's sometimes difficult to get to with
tweezers: between toes, in the middle of a head full of
dark hair, etc."

"Apply a glob of liquid soap to a cotton ball. Cover the tick
with the soap-soaked cotton ball and swab it for a few
seconds (15-20); the tick will come out on its own and be
stuck to the cotton ball when you lift it away.

This technique has worked every time I've used it
(and that was frequently), and it's much less traumatic
for the patient and easier for me.."

Also, if you just pull a tick off, their heads sometimes break off
and are left under the skin so this is much safer. Be aware

also that a tick with a white speck on its back is a Deer
Tick, these can cause Tick Fever so check yourself and
your family good if you see any of these!

"Unless someone is allergic to soap, I can't see that this
would be damaging in any way.
Please pass on. Everyone needs this helpful hint.
I saw this on Facebook as well. But, I have read that covering the tick with anything will cause it to expel its stomach contents, including bacteria, under the host's skin. So, I don't think this is a good idea.
 

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Doggiedad, you always know how to put smile on our faces =)
 

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I was reading that it;s better to pull them off and not stress them so they don't release the bacteria from their glands.
 

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Lol :)

i'm sorry to tell you but there's nothing the vet can do for
your tick. Being the typical irresponsible tick owner you
place the tick in a jar without air holes. I'm sure by now
other forum members have called tc (tick control) and
reported you.
 

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Best way to check is with eyes closed and fingertips. Focus areas I have noticed are ears, neck, paws, and armpits......so far so good. Are you using any prevention? Before I started with the garlic I used the tick twister and am VERY impressed with how easy it is to get them out!
 

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Nancy, tell me more about what you do with garlic? collar?

He is only trifexis only and about to be on sentinel instead and neither cover ticks. Now I know they are here and I don't want to see another one!
 

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Here is the pest =/ looks like a Lone Star tick to me (male).

I could not get a clear photo, still shaking.

We did find another bite on Z's neck. Looks light pink and scabbed over. Who knows what that is from.

 

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Thanks for the website. Zeus seams really lazy today, but he did have a crazy day yesterday and might be tired? The redness on his ear is already gone! I will watch him carefully. Not sure what ells to watch for he is eating fine, no other problems so far.
 

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You pretty much don't worry. Save the tick (I stick a dated card in a ziplock bag) in case he gets sick which is not so likely. If he develops a fever or is obviously sick then take him and the tick to the vet. I do an annual tickborne disease test with an annual bloodwork as routine.

See, the vets need to sell THAT instead of shots which anyone can buy at the feed store!
 

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For a while, the local Dept of Ag ( I think, maybe CDC) guy was collecting ticks and testing them at no charge. You could always check with your local Cooperative Extension.
 

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I think I am going to get Adventix II to use on top of Sentinel =(
Poor dog did not go outside yesterday because I was so shook up!
 

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For a while, the local Dept of Ag ( I think, maybe CDC) guy was collecting ticks and testing them at no charge. You could always check with your local Cooperative Extension.
ohh this is interesting, would love to get this tick tested!
 
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