Tick on the dogs leg, help!
Do not apply heat/chemicalsPosted 5 years ago
There appears to be a vet just round the corner, I’ll see if this place is open in the morning.Posted 5 years agonoshkiSubscriber
On a recent trip to Italy we had several ticks appear on our dog and looked online as to what to do. A gentle pulling motion is the best way to remove them, basically make it uncomfortable to hold on. If you take a pointy object, cocktail stick perhaps, and move the tick around in a circular motion for several minutes it will eventually release. Vinegar on the tick and around it’s head may also help. DO NOT try and remove using tweezers as you will either leave the head behind or squeeze the contents of the ticks stomach into your dog.
May also be worth checking that whoever was with the dog has not picked up any ticks also.Posted 5 years ago
Hexham, have you treated your dog with ant anti flea/tick products within the last 4wks? Such as Frontline, advantix? As the flea will attach but drop off by itself within 7 days. They prevent feeding so the tick will stay small and not cause any disease spread.Posted 5 years ago
Otherwise as above, wait for a vet tomorrow, or pets at home if there’s one nearby and grab one of the proper tick removers. They prove invaluable more times than not and cost less than £5. Easy to do yourself as well so no vet appointment needed, they can just be bought over the counter.
If your dog starts bothering at the area, you need to really get it off sooner, otherwise your dog might bite the tick off and leave the head part in the skin which can cause irritation and infection. In that case, alternative is a small wire bent to make a sharp ended V. Place the V either side of tick underneath its body next to your dogs skin.Put the sharp end of V right up to the ticks body. Move the ends of the wire together to put a slight bit of pressure around the base of tick (emphasis on slight!), then turn wire in an anti-clockwise direction (tick should start turning as well) and keep turning (takes about 4-5 turns) without ever pulling upwards and the tick should loosen by itself and come off. Make sure you throw the tick away!!
Worth considering grabbing a spot on treatment that works against ticks if your in the area for a few days as well. If you want to get one from the vets you will need an appointment. However, you can get ones just as effective from supermarket pharmacies, namely Frontline. Steer clear of Bob Martins etc that you can pick up just from the shelf on the pet aisle.
Ah great you’ve got it off, make sure tick had 8 legs and a pointed mouth bit at the front, if it does, all’s good!
If dog keeps licking area pop some hydrocortisone or antihistamine cream on the area. Preferably feed the dog something it can have a good chew on at the same time/ take it for a 5min walk to let the cream soak in and start working before dog has a chance to lick it off
Again, make sure you throw that tick away!Posted 5 years agoandylMember
I normally pick about 5 off our spaniel after every walk at the moment.
Stuck one of these new Bayer Seresto collars on her on Friday night and have seen a big reduction so far and it’s just getting into her system: http://www.seresto.com/en/seresto-for-dogs/
Always have tick twisters at home and in the car. They have gone up in price to a ridiculous £5 for two bits of plastic.Posted 5 years agomrmoMember
It was wriggling, someone told me a story about someone getting a tick on their eyelid, ever since then I’m close to being sick whenever I see one.
Had to remove a tick from the eyelid of my cat once… the cat was fine, i wasn’t!!!! ever tried to pin a cat down and then try and get a bit of plastic near its eye when it isn’t feeling co-operative!Posted 5 years agoonehundredthidiotMember
mikewsmith – Member
-1+1 for spot on treatments. I do not want to poison my dog and kids.
It’s not poisoning the dog or your kids
It is best to avoid anything that may squeeze or cause the tick to vomit the contents of its stomach into the blood stream.
Oh and don’t just throw them away; burst the little blighters then, obviously, wash your hands.Posted 5 years ago
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