The Trouble with Ticks
August 3, 2010 -
I am not a bug person. The mere mention of bugs is enough to make me feel itchy and the sight of a bug will cause me to jump on furniture and squeal like a little girl. So when a tick was found in my dog, China’s, fur, I immediately made a veterinary appointment.
Since China was a former stray, the veterinarian recommended running blood tests to ensure that China had no tick borne diseases. Unfortunately, she had Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever which is caused by the American Dog Tick. Although treatable through antibiotics, China was prescribed Doxycycline, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever can cause side effects ranging from depression to nosebleeds.
The first step I took to ensure death to all blood sucking parasites on my dog, was to apply a dose of Frontline which will cause the ticks to fall off which I realized when I found a tick walking across my living room floor.
The second step in the tick process was to contact my regular bug exterminator and request a tick package. Since bug spray will only kill the ticks, not the eggs, I need to have my house sprayed every two weeks for the next month or until I’m sure that all bugs are gone. Until then, I’ll just try not to think about the bugs and continue to administer China’s pills.
° Try using an alcohol swab, which may irritate the tick and cause it to loosen its grip.
° Grab the tick with the tweezers where the mouth enters the skin. Do not grab it by its body.
° With a slow steady pull, remove the whole tick without twisting it as you pull.
° Deposit the tick in alcohol to kill it.
° Clean the area with a disinfectant and apply an antibiotic.
° Wash your hands thoroughly.
Swelling and skin irritation may occur after the tick is removed. This is a reaction to the toxic saliva of the tick, not due to the head remaining in the wound (which rarely happens if you grasp the head of the tick during removal).
Signs of Rock Mountain Spotted Fever *
Loss of appetite
Pain in muscles and joints
Swollen lymph nodes
Edema – Fluid accumulation in the face and legs.
Blood in the stool
Ataxia - Inability to walk normally or loss of coordination
Blood in the urine
Pinpoint bruises that appear on lining of the eyelids and mouth.
Irregular heart beat (arrhythmia)
Difficulty with blood clotting, which can lead to shock or death
|Product||HARTZ® Advanced Care 4-in-1 Flea & Tick Drops Plus||Zodiac® Spot On||Bio Spot®||Sentry Pro||K9 Advantix||Frontline® Plus|
|Availability||Over the counter||Over the counter||Over the counter||Over the counter||Vet only||Vet only|
|Insect growth regulator||Yes||No||Yes||Yes||No||Yes|
|Repels/kills adult fleas||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Kills flea eggs||Yes||Yes||4 months||4 months||Yes||Yes|
|Kills flea larva||Yes||Yes||4 months||4 months||Yes||Yes|
|Kills dog ticks||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Kills deer ticks||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
|Age restriction||12 weeks & older||24 weeks & older||12 weeks & older||12 weeks & older||7 weeks & older||8 weeks & older|
*Information provide by PetsMD