(Closed) Eww! Had to remove my first tick from my dog!

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011 - St. Joseph's Parish, Seattle Tennis Club

Ew, so gross. I don’t know why, but ticks terrify me! I am glad you found it and got it off. Has your dog gotten the Lyme disease vaccination? 

When we first picked up our dog when he was a puppy, we had to drive 3 hrs to get him. On the way back, we stopped in a little church parking lot to let him out to potty. When we got back into the car, my husband held Buster out to me and I saw that on his belly there was a huge tick! I flipped out and would not touch the tick (I am a horrible dog mom). I don’t know why – I can touch spiders to flick them off, but ticks terrify me. Anyway, my husband somehow managed to get the tick off (it hadn’t latched on yet, thank God!!), but I felt all itchy and gross the entire rest of the ride home. Haha! YUCK. 

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@oracle:  when i first adopted my dog, he was covered in ticks, it was nasty.  I just keep him on frontline year round and it takes care of it.  You don’t want ticks spreading diseases to your dog, and since she’s an indoor dog, you definitely don’t want those in your house.

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

You should get a pair of tick nippers! They cost like $6 and that way, you don’t have to use nice tweezers, you have something dedicated for the ticks. It also keeps your hand farther away from it than tweezers, and is better at getting the mouth parts out effectively so that the area doesn’t get infected/tick doesn’t regrow.

They look like this:

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium

So, I had to pull a tick out my husband’s bellybutton this summer. Talk about traumatizing! I had never seen one either. It was yucky! Fortunately, our dog has never been bitten.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Some pointers since you’ve never had to deal with ticks before…

1. Ticks like to climb as high as possible.  That means the most likely spots ticks will go is your dog’s back, behind, and head.  However they can latch anywhere.

2. Frontline does not discourage ticks from climbing onto your dog, only from biting, so keep an eye out around the house as they will be brought in.

3. Ticks are worst during the spring and fall.  Check your dog every time s/he comes in quickly. 

4. You can get pretty good at grabbing the head and pulling them off.  But if you are nervous, I’ve heard you can gunk on some vasiline before trying to remove the tick.  The tick can’t breathe so they often let go.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Ew. I hate ticks! They are so so gross. We have so many where I live. I’m always pulling them off our animals. Once the weather starts to get warmer, around 50 degrees in the spring, there are so many of them outside. 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Oh, one more thing:

We always “showed” our dogs the ticks we take off of them (i.e. hold it close to their nose so they can smell it).  They usually do that “sneeze, yuck, bad smell, sneeze” thing, but they are always very cooperative when we do tick checks.  We just don’t want them thinking we’re being intentionally annoying/mean when we pull the ticks off.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2006

@BeachBride2014:  All good advice.

I’d also add that Frontline really is a lifesaver and helps SO much. It even works retroactively, so if you’d put Frontline on your dog after you’d found the tick, the tick would’ve dropped off.

Vaseline is a good trick, so is a little hand soap on a cotton ball. Anything that will smother the tick and coerce it into backing out a little on its own (I’ve never actually seen one let go). Also, with a tweezer you want constant, light pressure. You do NOT want to rip the head from the body. Trust me on that one. Once that happened to my poor pup and the area swelled up to about the size of a golf ball while his body attacked the area and expelled it. We were lucky he didn’t end up with an abscess!

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2006

@oracle:  No, ticks don’t lay eggs and hatch and cause infestations like fleas, but they do carry more (blood-borne) diseases.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@oracle:  Oh gosh no!  That would be HORRIFYING!

They are arachnids and they don’t survive long inside (it’s usually the females who attach as they need more blood for reproducing.  Males sometimes stay on hosts, but only for mating. So you want to stay on top of the tick situation, but it’s VERY unlikely they will reproduce). 

However, there is nothing more horrifying than waking up and seeing a tick crawl over your bedsheets at you.  I just wanted to make you aware that you will probably find a few in your home or even on you (::cringe::).

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@oracle:  Hopefully not, but there is definitely a chance.  To reduce the likelihood, give your dog a good once over whenever she comes in from outside.  Sorry to creep you out!  On the bright side: tick season is not too long.

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