It’s tick season! Check out these tips on how to stay tick-free during the Summer heat.
– Parasites that feed on the blood of animals (that would be us, and our pets!)
– They tend to be the most active during late spring and summer
– Live in tall brush or grass
– Can carry diseases such as: Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Babesia
2. How do I remove a tick?
1. Prepare its death bed:
– Throwing it away or flushing it down the toilet will not kill it
– Prepare: A screw-top jar, rubbing alcohol, tweezers, latex/rubber gloves
2. Don’t Bare-Hand It:
– Use latex or rubber gloves to avoid contact
3. Get a helping-hand
– To help hold down the animal while you are removing the tick
4. The Removal:
– Disinfect surrounding area, and equipment with rubbing alcohol
– Grab the tick as close to the animal’s skin as possible with the tweezers
– Pull the tick straight upwards with an even pressure
– Place the tick in the jar to later bring to the vet
– Do not twist, jerk, squeeze or crush the tick – it may contain infectious organisms
5. Getting the remainders:
– If the area is not red or inflamed, simply disinfect it with rubbing alcohol
– If it is inflamed, put a warm compress on the area to expel the remaining pieces
– Do not go after remainders in the skin with tweezers!
6. Clean up and Keep Watch:
– Disinfect area, hands, and tweezers
– Bring your pet and the jar with the tick to the vet! Visit your veterinarian immediately even if the animal seems to be acting normal, or if the bite area is not inflamed or red.
Enjoy your summer! Please follow this blog for updates on how to keep your pet healthy, happy, and safe.