Has anyone had problems with infections on the animal afterward?
I have the willies now. Feeling all creepy-crawly on my skin...
Ticks....I HATEHATEHATE them!! Nasty, vile, ugly little creatures. Haven't figured out WHY they were created. I RIP them in two when I find them. It gives me great satisfaction to tear their itty, bitty heads off.
Like meta said, this is a bad year for those creatures due to the wet spring ... not much you can do about spraying your lawn or bushes.
I'm sure you'll be checking him religiously now ... also check your couches, rugs, beds, etc.
In case you get tired of ripping them in two....
Me- BW, 30
Him- fWh, 36
Mostly R'd, minus a few scars...bought a house and got a puppy...And baby makes 3! She arrived August 2013
Use frontline or simialr and they will be less, and usually dead when you find them. If you do happen to find a fully gorged one, when you pick it off, make sure that you dont' have smaller ones under it, and brush the little black dots away.
I do go over my dog (down to just one now) every day to make sure there aren't any on her. Check old spots to be sure they are healing without infection or concern.
I have had many many dogs in my life, usually 3 at a time, and have only had one dog get sick from having a tick bite, and she had a rare autoimmune blood disease, but she was a shelter dog that had been abused prior to her rescue. Loaded with the buggers.
So don't get too wound up about them. but do be vigilent in monitoring them and their bites.
I grew up on a farm, and had pets and/or farm animals most of my life. This is the first one I've ever found on an animal. We find them on us (my son and I) after some of our camping trips, especially in sage brush areas.
Me: FBS (no longer betrayed nor a spouse)-62
D-day: 2007 (two years before finding SI)
S: 6/2010; D: 3/2011
Baxter is about due for a check-up anyway, so that seems like a good path to take.
We started using the monthly tick/flea protection that you put on the skin... no more ticks, no more fleas...
Gross little buggers aren't they?
ETA: Wrong word choice...
[This message edited by jrc1963 at 12:29 PM, June 27th (Thursday)]
I have found two on my pup so far, both dead and small when I pulled them out.
It's dangerous to both humans and pets, so be careful.
[This message edited by Sad in AZ at 2:35 PM, June 27th (Thursday)]
Have you applied Frontline on him?
Please use this. It is amazing stuff.
We live on a farm. And this spring before my vaccinations and Frontline was delivered, my dogs would be covered with ticks from just one trip with me to the barn to feed horses and back to the house. At least 5 ticks on each dog. Ugh! Once I began applying the Frontline, no ticks.
I know it's chemical and a poison. But if used properly, it is far better than having their ears and skin red and sore from getting bit and risking other diseases.
*editd to add*
If your dog had one large engorged tick, there are probably more. Look over your dog closely. Look inside the ears, in between the outside flap, and down in the ear canal. Also, check behind the ears, behind the legs. Ticks start off small. Feel for any tiny bump in the skin, and then part the fur to see what it is. Chances are, it's a tick.
[This message edited by sadtoo at 3:32 PM, June 27th (Thursday)]