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.
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.