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Ticks are part of the Arachnid group (yup, spiders and scorpions kind), so that alone is enough to warrant not liking them. But along with that reason, these arachnids also like to suck blood, and they can carry diseases.

There are hundreds of variations in Ticks and they all tend to seek out specific animals. Ticks that go for dogs (Dermacentor variabilis) are not likely to bite humans but they can. (you are most likely to be bitten by sheep ticks, also not fun). You will likely not feel the bite from the tick as their saliva contains a numbing agent. They can transfare diseases when they finish sucking blood but that doesn’t happen right away (anywhere upto 24hours after), and even then the risk of infection is very small (0-15%). If you do find one, don’t panic, don’t try to remove it unless you have something to remove it properly.
The diseases they carry are Lime Disease, and Rocky Mountie Spotted Fever

When you remove them you need to do it carefully. Pulling at them will cause them to bite harder and this can cause infection.. pulling too hard and you can cause the head and legs to detach and that can burrow deeper causing bigger problems.

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Please don’t forget to thoroughly check your dogs over, they can get everywhere.





Life Cycle of a Tick.


Tick Season : March – October

How to remove

You can buy Tick remover tools, or if u don’t have one you can use tweezers (pointy ones are best but not essential). Lay a paper towel down open ready. You might want a second person to help steady the dog, though they wont feel anything, you don’t want them to pull away. Grab the Tick as close to the skin of the dog, pull straight up slow and steady. If it looks like your losing it, stop and re grab it near to the skin. These things are pretty much indestructible so once its out put it in the paper towel and wrap it up nice and tight and put in a bin, then empty the bin to the main bin out side, and then throw that bin down a well and then cement over it..

Often removal tools will twist the tick as they come out to help remove it and some suggest twisting when you do it manually. Done incorrectly this can rip the head of leaving it buried in, if you do twist only do a 1/4 turn as you pull but we have found it not necessary.

Once you have removed the tick, check the area to make sure no part has broken off, remove if there is. Then clean the area with alcohol wipe or soap and water. Check the area for the following weeks for any rash, infections can sometimes take 4 weeks to show.

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Tick Treatment

There are medications you can buy over the counter that can help with flea and ticks. Spot On is the most popular kind, We Sell it in our Salon You can get stronger medication from the Vet, which we recommend. We have seen Spot on used to remove ticks, if you put a drop of Spot On treatment right at the base of where the tick has bitten the skin it seems to just fall off after a few mins, We don’t suggest this method unless you are really struggling to get the courage to remove it with tweezers.


Published 17/05/2018
Sources : Local Vet, PetMD, Wikipedia, WikiHow
Author : Bob Dent