Pet Matters- Proper Tick Removal

Proper Tick Removal 

Tick season is fast approaching. It is very important to put flea and tick preventatives on your pets before the season starts. At CAH we carry the top preventatives. Proper removal of these pests reduces the risk of disease transmission.

Do:

1) Grasp the tick with narrow tweezers as close to the skin as possible.

2) Pull straight up with steady, even pressure.

3) Clean the site with soap and water and apply a disinfectant like bacitracin.

Don’t:

1) Don’t squeeze or crush the body by using your  fingers – this will inject tick contents into your pet. Use fine-tipped tweezers.

2) Don’t twist or jerk while pulling. This will break off the mouth parts and can lead to infection.

3) Don’t use Vaseline, nail polish, a hot match or other irritants to loosen the tick.

If a bruise or ‘bull’s-eye’ develops after removing the tick a visit to the vet may be a good idea. Lameness, lethargy and poor appetite are typical signs of infection. An exam and testing for tick-borne diseases is in order if those symptoms occur.

Dr. Earl Mummert, DVM

801 Poquonnock Rd. Groton, Ct. 06340

860-449-9800

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