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A. If you can gently remove the portion of the tick you can see with tweezers you can try that. Usually leaving the head behind doesn’t cause additional problems, and the body will gradually expel it. If you see excessive swelling, or if your dog is bothered by these, I would recommend taking him in for care to see if your vet can get the parts left behind out. And depending on where you live (i.e. If tick-borne diseases like Lyme are a concern) watch your dog carefully for signs of illness following this infestation. And consider using a veterinary product to prevent tick bites.

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Step 4: Cleanup and after-care

Wash your hands, clean your pet`s wound with antiseptic and make sure to clean your tweezers with isopropyl alcohol. Keep an eye on the area where the tick was to see if an infection surfaces. If the skin remains irritated or infected, make an appointment with your veterinarian.

What Happens If a Tick`s Head Is Not Removed? If a tick`s head or mouthparts are left behind after tick removal, don`t panic. You`ve killed the tick and removed its body, preventing any serious risk of disease transmission. However, leftover parts can still lead to infection at the site of attachment.
Ticks will bite and feed on your dog or cat for up to a few days, and drop off once they`ve had enough. During this time, it`s possible the tick could give your pet a disease. Ticks carry a serious bacterial infection called Lyme disease. Dogs, cats and humans can all get Lyme disease, although it`s uncommon in cats.
It doesn`t hurt when a tick latches on to your skin and feeds. If you don`t find the tick and remove it first, it will fall off on its own once it is full. This usually happens after a few days, but it can sometimes take up to two weeks.
Disinfecting the area

Keep in mind that any contact with the tick`s blood can potentially transmit an infection to your dog or even you. Treat the area with three-percent hydrogen peroxide, the common disinfectant. It is recommended for tick bites because the oxygen it contains destroys the Lyme disease bacteria.

Improper tick removal may cause mouthparts to break off in the skin, possibly leading to infection or granuloma formation. Twisting off the head should be avoided, because this may cause the tick`s potentially infectious body fluids to escape.
After removing the tick, wash the skin and hands thoroughly with soap and water. If any mouth parts of the tick remain in the skin, these should be left alone; they will be expelled on their own. Attempts to remove these parts may result in significant skin trauma.
Dead, engorged ticks will appear silvery-white, with curled up, stiff legs that are not moving. Always check for movement when you find a tick on your dog. Although some live ticks may not immediately move, their legs will be flattened to the side.
Not only do ticks feed on your dog`s blood, but they can also expose him to a variety of deadly diseases. Female ticks are also known to lay eggs on the host body which then hatch into larvae and eventually grow into adult ticks.
Ticks fall off on their own after sucking blood for 3 to 6 days. After the tick comes off, a little red bump may be seen. The red bump or spot is the body`s response to the tick`s saliva (spit).
As ticks will never completely embed themselves under the skin, they can easily pass off as moles or skin tags. Embedded ticks usually are oval shaped, firm, dark red or brown, and have no hairs growing out of them, while moles and skin tags tend to be irregular, soft, and lighter-coloured.
In most cases, a tick must be attached for 36 to 48 hours or more before the Lyme disease bacterium can be transmitted. If you remove a tick quickly (within 24 hours), you can greatly reduce your chances of getting Lyme disease.
Because a tick needs to completely detach from its host before beginning the reproduction process, ticks aren`t physically able to lay eggs directly on a host.
The tick is estimated to have been attached for ≥36 hours (based upon how engorged the tick appears or the amount of time since outdoor exposure). The antibiotic can be given within 72 hours of tick removal.
Yes. It is a good idea to save the tick so that your doctor can identify its species and whether it has signs of feeding. Some people also save the tick to have it tested for Borrelia burgdorferi (the bacterium that causes Lyme) or other tick-borne pathogens.
How to tell if you got the tick head out? You might have gotten the whole tick with your first attempt at removing it. If you can stomach it, look at the tick to see if it`s moving its legs. If it is, the tick`s head is still attached and you got the whole thing out.
Keep the tick in a dry jar, pill bottle, or zipper storage bag should later identification be needed. Store the tick for up to 10 days in the freezer or refrigerator, and label it with the bite date and location. Wash your hands and the area of the bite with warm, soapy water.
While someone may have a small, red bump after the tick detaches, others may develop an area of redness and itchiness. Your best bet is to find the tick while it`s still on your skin. “Ticks are designed to linger when they attach and bite,” says Mather.
A feeding tick could easily be mistaken for a scab. If you`re unsure whether your dog has a tick or a scab, part your dog`s fur and look closely; scabs are usually flat against the skin, but ticks stick out, especially as they grow in size.
Bob Lane told us that these Bourrelia spirochaetes that cause Lyme are one of the few bacteria that can drill through in tact human skin, so if you get dead tick juice on you, you could become infected.
The longer a tick stays on your dog`s body, the more likely it is to cause some pain and discomfort. Additionally, any tick that buries itself in a sensitive part of your dog`s body, such as the groin area, may cause noticeable pain early on.
Some sources say ticks can live for 24 hours or one full day without a host, while others say they can live for up to two years without food. The truth is, both could be right, but it depends on the conditions, species of tick and the stage of their lifecycle.
They do not have wings, and they are flat and oval in appearance until they have had a blood meal. Nymphs and adults will have eight legs, but tick larvae only have six. Ticks can be grayish-white, brown, black, reddish-brown or yellowish in color.

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Q. I just took off 4 imbedded ticks. Looks like 2 of the spot are redistribution and might have a piece of the tick still attached ,what should I do
ANSWER : A. If you can gently remove the portion of the tick you can see with tweezers you can try that. Usually leaving the head behind doesn’t cause additional problems, and the body will gradually expel it. If you see excessive swelling, or if your dog is bothered by these, I would recommend taking him in for care to see if your vet can get the parts left behind out. And depending on where you live (i.e. If tick-borne diseases like Lyme are a concern) watch your dog carefully for signs of illness following this infestation. And consider using a veterinary product to prevent tick bites.

Q. Which flea and tick drops are the best and why?
ANSWER : A. Your question is a good one, and unfortunately the answers are going to differ based on who you ask. Many vets are seeing resistance to Frontline, which has been the go-to product for many of us for many years. It contains the active ingredient Fipronil, which is very safe and typically extremely effective. I use it on my dogs and never see fleas or ticks. However other vets will tell you in their areas, for whatever reason, they are seeing fleas and ticks on dogs and cats on which this product was used.

Another reason opinions differ is that some people like to give an oral product, and some like to put a topical product directly on the skin. That’s a matter of personal preference mostly. Bravecto, as mentioned below, is one of those products. Most people find it safe and effective. It uses a different process that Frontline to kill fleas and ticks.

In general the products you buy over-the-counter are likely going to be less expensive and less effective than what you get from a vet. I think the reason is that the more expensive products contain newer insecticides, and likely less resistance to these products has built up in the flea and tick population but also they are maybe less “proven”, so it’s important for a vet to be involved in the use of the product in order to ensure that there won’t be a negative reaction to using it.

If I lived in an area where there was Lyme disease (in the US that’s the northeast and upper midwest) I’d most definitely add a tick collar to my standard oral or topical flea and tick prevention. AND I’d search both of my dogs everyday for ticks. It’s because nothing you buy will be 100% effective, and Lyme disease can be a very serious problem.

If you want to talk further and talk more specifically about where you live and what products you’re considering, I’d be happy to do a consult with you. Nobody here is paid to recommend products, but we do develop preferences based on what we use on our own pets and in our practices.

Q. How can I remove internal ticks?
ANSWER : A. If you mean the ticks are embedded deeply in the skin, you can use a pair of tweezers to gently remove the tick. If the head becomes detached, most healthy bodies will push the head out of the skin naturally over a period of time. Using Vaseline over the tick can also sometimes cause it to back out on its own and be removed. Getting your dog on a monthly flea and tick preventative can help prevent future ticks from hopping on, also, if you are in an area where tick-borne disease are a problem it is always a good idea to have any tick bites examined by your local veterinarian.

If you mean the ticks were eaten, they will most likely pass through your dog without problem. However if you suspect there is an issue, your vet should take a look.

ANSWER : A. Sickness will present in a variety of ways including lethargy, lack of appetite, changes in behavior, increased drinking, lameness, etc. If these ticks were pulled off of your dog recently, I would not be too worried about immediate illness. If your dog were to catch a tick borne disease it often takes several weeks to present symptoms if they actually have an infection. I would start your dog on a flea and tick preventative right away and have him tested for tick borne diseases in about 2 months.

Q. My cat had a kitten last night and it was still born I took it away but she cried until I gave it back. She is still walking around crying but no disc
ANSWER : A. It looks like your question was cut off. If your cat is still crying, I would worry that she may have pain or complications from giving birth. There might even still be another kitten inside her; there’s no way for me to tell, but a vet could take a feel and maybe an x-ray to check. She may also be sad about her kitten.

Q. 5 Yr old female cat change in behavior last 2 mos: hides, sleeps all the time, meows when touched, decrease appetite; last 1-2 wks wobbley.
ANSWER : A. While I think neurologic disease is certainly a concern based on what you’re describing, and should be ruled out with a good neuro exam (full examination of spinal reflexes and cranial nerves), a cat that sleeps all the time and is wobbly could have many things going on. What you’re describing sounds like generalized weakness to me, and that could be caused by heart disease, liver disease, kidney disease, anemia (lots of causes to this) or metabolic/hormonal conditions like diabetes. Often cats “look” neurologic when in fact they’re just really weak.

However, as far as specific neurologic conditions that might cause what you’re seeing, chronic ear infections or a polyp in the inner or middle ear can affect the vestibular nerve and affect balance, some drugs if used long term (metronidazole) can cause it as well. Other things include intervertebral disk disease (slipped disk), cancer in the spinal cord, thiamine deficiency (not a problem if your cat eats a commercially-prepared diet) and feline infectious peritonitis.

Unfortunately the only way to start figuring out what’s going on is likely with lab work (complete blood count, chemistry panel, and urinalysis) and x-rays for starters (likely of the spine). And as I said above a good neuro exam is critical to starting to figure out whether it’s a neuro problem or not. Your vet will possibly recommend other tests based on the initial results. If you’d like to consult further about exactly what’s going on with your cat select the “consult” button.

Q. 2 month old Bulldog. While playing gets TOO rough:gripping hand REALLY tight/growling/shaking to the point of drawing blood. Aggresive?Normal?HELP!!
ANSWER : A. For the most part, this sounds pretty normal to me. English Bulldogs can be like this. What you can do is teach him bite inhibition. He needs to know that biting gets him nothing. Each and every time he nips, even gently, you immediately yelp like a puppy would, stand up, cross your arms, and ignore your puppy. Once he is ignoring you, go back to calmly playing with him WITH A TOY. Remember to always use a toy when playing with/petting/interacting with puppies. They will be teething very soon, and they don’t understand that biting you is inappropriate, so using a toy to redirect their attention is important. He needs SOMETHING to bite, or else he will choose your hand. Give him more options.

Another thing you can do is have a toy that YOU OWN. This can be a soft braided rope toy or something of the like. Dot not allow your dog to have this toy whenever he wants. This toy disappears when you are done playing with him with it, and reappears when you want to play. Never allow him to “win” games with this toy. Eventually, the toy will hold so much meaning, when he sees it, he will be instantly interested in the toy instead of your hands.

It also helps to have two bags of toys. Bag#1 is full of chew toys/rope toys/soft toys/etc. It comes out for one week, and then disappears and out comes Bag#2. Bag#2 has the same types of toys in it. This will keep the toys feeling like “new” to your pup and make him less likely to chew on you during play!

Q. Why does my English bulldog have re occurring urinary tract infection since she’s a 8 weeks and she’s 9 months now? And now they say she may have ki
ANSWER : A. As I’m sure your vet has told you it’s pretty unusual for a dog to have had multiple UTI’s starting at 8 weeks of age. I think it’s likely that she has a congential problem, which means something didn’t develop correctly inside or outside her body and it’s making her prone to the UTI’s.

There are a few bladder abnormalities that can contribute to UTIs, including urachal diverticulum (a little pouch or out-cropping of the bladder) and ectopic ureters (the ureters do not enter the bladder at the appropriate spot). On the outside, she could have a redundant vulvar fold, which is predisposing her to trapping fecal matter at her vulva, and the bacteria is ascending up to her bladder and causing recurrent UTIs.

The other possibility of that she got a UTI initially and it was never treated appropriately, i.e. The appropriate antibiotic wasn’t used and it never really resolved, but it seems like it’s coming back. I think this is less likely, as it’s really uncommon to begin with to see UTI’s in dogs this young. I also once saw a 4 month old dog with bladder cancer, but that’s incredibly rare and I think highly unlikely in your dog.

Your question got cut off at the end but it sounded like you were about to say that she may have kidney problems. If that’s right clearly this is becoming a serious problem for her.

Your dog needs a competent vet to work up this problem. It’s likely that she’s going to need some advanced imaging, including possibly an x-ray procedure called a cystogram and possibly an ultrasound. You might consider taking her to a veterinary internal medicine specialist at this point, if one is available in your area.