What about those ticks? How to get them off you.Remember 2 weeks ago when I mentioned that mom found a tick on my face? She didn’t know what it was, so she just grabbed it and pulled it off. After she had it in her hand and saw the legs, she knew what she had. Sort of. Mom went to Google to try and figure out what this bug was. Having only seen pictures of ticks in their flat stage, she didn’t really know what this brown thing was that looked like a grain of wheat. I know we are super lucky that this was our first tick in lots of years. And most of you probably know to handle them, but if you don’t, this is what we learned. If you follow me on facebook, you already know I had to go to the vet on Saturday. I was sitting on moms lap and the sun hit my face just right for her to notice a biggish lump where the tick had been. Not good. A call to the vet, and they recommended I come in because it could be infection. Well, we are driving south today, so mom figured before we leave for the winter, a vet visit was a good thing. He took one look and said I needed antibiotics for 8 days. Now mom thought she got all the tick, because he seemed intact and was wiggly. But apparently something was left behind. Here I am at the vet, waiting, and not really happy to be there. And this is why I was there. Here is a picture from tickinfo.com that shows the tick in different stages of engorgement. The one I had was about second from the left. This is the brown dog tick. Very common almost everywhere. We looked up some information on how to get these nasty critters off you. If mom had realized it was a tick, things could have ended differently with no trip to the vet. The CDC recommends using fine tipped tweezers, getting as close to the head as you can, and pull straight up. Hopefully, every bit of the tick will come out. Then put some alcohol in the opening. This part, mom did when she pulled the tick out. There are also devices you can purchase that help pull them out. We found this video with a different idea to make them leave on their own. Kinda interesting. So, that was all the mischief around here this weekend. The vet said I look good for being an older dog, and mom got this cool pin that’s for doggie arthritis. Since I have arthritis, mom said we better have it.
We are driving to St. George today. We are getting out just in time, there is a huge cold front with lots of snow going to hit tomorrow. Yeah for warmer weather, and we get to see our friends too.
Be sure to join in the Monday Mischief blog hop today. Since we are traveling, we may not be able to visit everyone today, but we will do our best.