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Pearls of Pet Wisdom


Posted on 11 September, 2014 at 0:10


(KIR)  You don't need me (ie. veterinarian) to remove a tick.  You can just DIY (do it yourself).  Use tweezers, not your bare fingers, to remove attached ticks.  Grasp the tick firmly, without crushing it, as near to the skin as you can and remove it with a slow, steady pull away from your pet's body.

Sloppy or incomplete removal of an attached tick can break off the mouth parts and lead to prolonged inflammation, irritation and possibly secondary infection.

If you are still queezy about removal, feel free to contact your regular veterinarian as MOST of them will just remove the tick for a minimal charge and some at no charge at all.  Please do not seek emergency veterinary care ($$$) for tick removal unless you have no other option to effectively remove the tick in a timely manner.  For our local community and other service areas, Dr. PetLover's certified veterinary technician, Erin Favia, is also available for a technician visit to your home to remove the tick if you just can't stomach looking at that disgusting little crunchy beast, let alone coming in contact with it!

Remember, though, to remove the tick soon after you notice it, as a carrier tick will transmit disease within 24 hours of attachment.

(TBS)  Ticks transmit disease such as Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Ehrlichiosis and Anaplasmosis to name a few.  These diseases can cause morbity and sometimes mortality.

DPL recommends all year round flea/tick prevention and for dogs yearly Lyme disease testing and Lyme vaccination.

For you non-believers a few months ago I treated a labrador retriever for Anaplasmosis.  This dog was gravely ill, but thankfully his very astute owner called me right away to inform me that he wasn't doing well.   After appropriate diagnostics and treatment ($$$), I'm happy to say that he's doing just fine.  Since he and his housemate go on trail walks on a frequent basis, we have decided to 'double' protect him with topical tick preventatives and a flea/tick collar.   This particular pet lives locally in Montclair, so yes tick-borne diseases are a concern in our area.  Check out Nina W's review on our "Testimonial" page!

**DPL clients please contact us regarding the next steps to take after tick removal.  For all others please contact your regular veterinarian who will instruct you on wound care, follow-up diagnostics, and monitoring for illness associated with tick-borne diseases.**

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