Now that Tick season is here, and you have your preventatives in place, what do you do if a tick is found? Burn it? Pop it like a pimple? Smother it in nail polish, essential oils, or petroleum jelly? Read up on all the wives tales to come up with a plan of action before just throwing caution to the wind and just tearing the blood sucker out? Please, before you do anything, read this newsletter to get the full scoop on what should be done and how to remove the tick safely and effectively in order to prevent any further damage.
First and foremost we need to start with where to look when you start doing your routine tick check before going inside. Obviously these little blood suckers like places that are warm, dark, and damp to hide, but you also want to check in and around the ears as well as the lips, gums, and nose of your pet. Once a tick has been spotted, you can tell pretty quickly if it has latched on to feed. If it has, no worries, we have the best plan of action for you.
It's a very simple process that unfortunately, done poorly or without proper knowledge, can have a much different outcome than a happy pet. Make sure you grab the right tools, wash both your hands and the affected area with either rubbing alcohol or soap and water, and if there is any question as to whether or not the entire tick came out (head, appendages, and all) or if anything abnormal starts to show in your pets behavior even a few weeks after tick removal, please contact your local veterinarian.