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Keeping Your Pets Safe When Removing Engorged Ticks

Take care to remove engorged ticks from your pets safely.

Engorged deer ticks transmit a number of diseases, including Lyme disease (the most common), Colorado tick fever, ehrlichiosis, babesiosis and tularemia, among others. Painful tick bite reactions are common.

Engorged Tick Removal - Step by Step

Pets suffer the most as a result of tick bites. If you discover an engorged tick on your pet, it's crucial to remove it immediately. Follow these steps:

  • First of all, examine the skin under good lighting, using latex gloves. Ticks can vary in size; they are the size of a seed unless they are engorged.
  • Use tweezers to grasp the tick firmly from the place where it is stuck in the skin.
  • Once grasped, pull the tick steadily out of the skin. Make sure not to twist or jerk.
  • Don't crush or squeeze the tick, as this may cause its bodily liquid to erupt and get injected in the skin, causing infection.
  • Once the tick is removed, make sure to wash hands and skin with soap and water.
  • If any part of the tick breaks off and remains embedded in the skin, leave it; the skin will dispose of it in time.
Use Caution to Protect Children and Pets During Tick Season

BE EXTRA CAUTIOUS about the following aspects of engorged tick removal.

  • Preserve the tick so that, in case of illness, you can identify the problem more easily.
  • Do not use a match, cigarette or any jelly as these can further irritate the tick and consequently cause it to penetrate further in the skin.
  • Consider the using spray or powder-consult your veterinarian.
  • In the case of pets, daily or frequent check-ups are recommended.
  • Wear long pants and sleeves in forests.
  • Consider treating your lawn.

It is better to be cautious about ticks and take the necessary precautions than to risk having to go through the delicate tick removal process.

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