Removal of ticks
If a tick becomes attached, the simplest method of removal is a slow, steady pull that will not break off the mouthparts, thus leaving them in the wound. Application of alcohol, vaseline, gasoline and other substances do not work well - nor does the use of a hot match or other heat source.
The pull should be steady but very slow - usually after 20-30 seconds of a slow pull, the tick will release its bite and separate from the skin. Pulling much quicker than this will usually break off the head, and it will remain in the skin. It is often recommended to remove ticks with a forceps, but pulling with the fingers is more sensitive and less likely to pull the head off. Fingers are always available as well, and early removal of the tick is less likely to result in infection with a tick borne disease. After removal it is important to wash the hands, since tick secretions may be infective. If the head does separate, it is best to have the remaining portion removed by a vet.
Favorite Kitty wrote:I just had two vets tell me in the last week that if you give your dog the Lyme vaccine it WILL test positive for Lyme. If your sisters vet did not tell her that and is making her treat her dog for it, then she needs to get the hell away from that vet! I have also been told by several vets and staff that the Lyme vaccine is nothing but bad!
Does anyone give the lepto vaccine?
Magnolia618 wrote:Does anyone give the lepto vaccine?
I dont vaccinate, but a friend of mine had an American Bulldog that died from Lepto. He took him to Cornell, spent thousands of dollars on him, but still couldnt save the poor boy.
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