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Tick removal

Xina sent me this tip, good to know, thanks Xina.

If you don't know, this is good info whether you live in the city or the country!  It is about time for the little stinkers to latch on. Tick removal Spring will be here soon and the ticks will soon be showing their heads.  Here is a good way to get them off you, your children, or your pets.  Give it a try. Please forward to anyone with children... or hunters or dogs, or anyone who even steps outside in summer!! A School Nurse has written the info below -- good enough to share -- And it really works!! I had a pediatrician tell me what she believes is the best way to remove a tick. This is great, because it works in those places where it's some times difficult to get to with tweezers: between toes, in the middle of a head full of dark hair, etc.Apply a glob of liquid soap to a cotton ball. Cover the tick with the soap-soaked cotton ball and swab it for a few seconds (15-20), the tick will come out on its own and be stuck to the cotton ball when you lift it away.  This technique has worked every time I've used it (and that was frequently), and it's much less traumatic for the patient and easier for me.Unless someone is allergic to soap, I can't see that this would be damaging in any way. I even had my doctor's wife call me for advice because she had one stuck to her back and she couldn't reach it with tweezers. She used this method and immediately called me back to say,  "It worked!" Please pass on.   Everyone needs this helpful hint.


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Good one.

Anything that is easy and helpful and well worth noteing in the memory banks. Hate those little blighters. Bad enough for us but having the two dogs makes it even a bigger pain the the rear end.

Many thanks for the advice.

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Yes liquid soap works so does anything that is liquid and at hand, for ticks on exposed limbs stick the limb into a bucket of warm water.... The basic premise of this excercise is to drown the tick, they "breath" through the exposed part of their body. Tweezers are now considered the dangerous way to go as you can force more toxins into the victim if not done exactly right.

Animals and particularly Dogs and Cats should have either the yearly anti tick shot or get one of the line on's each month. The tablets seem to work well for fleas but not all that well for ticks.
Don't get too excited if the head gets left behind, the body will soon expel it or try the Knot technique. A simple open overhand knot is placed in suitable thread. Suture material such as 1/0 or 0 silk (which naturally every GN has in his/her surgical kit), dental floss, or any thick cotton thread (including unwanted stitching from garments, if nothing else can be found) can be used . The open knot is placed over the tick as close as possible to the skin surface and then gently closed to form a loop around the parasite. Firm traction, lifting the body of the tick over its head in a somersault-type fashion then removes the tick. the Pic demonstrates the knot around a removed tick using dental floss. This method is effective, as the thread naturally inserts between the tick podosoma and gnathosoma and allows the removal of the entire tick, including mouth parts, without damage. This technique is simple, effective, safe for the patient, tick, and environment, and generally requires no additional equipment to be specifically carried for this purpose.

-- Edited by Basil Faulty on Friday 15th of May 2009 11:45:46 AM

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I live In Central Qld now. Spent lots of yrs in Townsville and scrub with dogs.
Lots of dogs. (Pigging).

Best thing we ever found for ticks. Specially the little Females. Was a cigarette.

Touch tick. It retracts and falls off.

Any kind of Pulling. Tweezers, Whatever. Often leaves the head. Complete with fangs still attached and injecting venom..

Even though I didn't smoke. When dogs finished running, and in cage.
Light a fag. (They stay alight without sucking on them). and go over dog\s with it.

Personally. I think you're doing any long haired dog a disservice if you have one up North of Rocky.
Too Hot. Sticky and too many Ticks. Croc's love 'em too.

Don't let it go swimming to cool off in Northern creeks. Rivers. Unless you going in after.
Croc will go for dog. They're like lollies to them.. and you Know. NOT to go swimming in that hole.



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Good Info,

Thanks one and all. Welcome to the site Macka !



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