My mom told me yesterday that Sparky had a big tick on him! All he does is go in their back yard which is not overgrown at all… it’s only April… yet here we go.

She now justifies the shaving, saying that if it wasn’t for the shaving, she wouldn’t have found the tick.

Looks like we’re at that time of year where we get out the Frontline and do nightly inspections. Even if your pet only goes in the back yard.

Lauren’s dog Jasmine had FIVE after a hike! Yipe!

What is your favorite way to get a tick to back out, so you can just remove its head?

Last year my dad had one on him and did the old hot match thing (which you’re not supposed to do – makes them bite in harder) and his tick head remained in and within 30 days he had a painful infection to the area.

This year on Sparky they used alcohol.


6 Responses to “Ticks!”

  1. April 28, 2008 at 6:01 pm

    We used rubbing alcohol on Jazzy. My favorite thing to do is suffocate them with vasoline but we were out of it. So rubbing alcohol and tweezers did the trick.

  2. April 29, 2008 at 7:20 am

    Suffocating them with a cotton ball soaked in alcohol or nail polish remover and then picking them off with a tweezer.

    Adding a couple of teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to their water bowl helps keep buggies away. They don’t like it the taste of it in animals. Before a hike I spray Rocky down with a mixture of it and some water (1 to 1). Yes it smells for a few minutes but soon dissipates. Then wipe him off with a baby wipe when we get back home. In the summer I always check him over just to be on the safe side.

  3. 3 maloneokie
    April 29, 2008 at 11:27 am

    I found a tick in the back yard on Saturday. Eeek!!

  4. April 29, 2008 at 2:09 pm

    Sissy, Tinky and Jonesy never had ticks. Maybe it isn’t common in California. But…they get tons of fleas.

  5. 5 Gina
    April 30, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    I’ve always heard to put clean nail polish on them to suffocate them. Cliff always just grabs it and pulls it off. Our chihuahuas have had very few though. Sounds like this year could be bad. 😦

  6. April 30, 2008 at 5:10 pm

    I usually just pull it off. Off the dogs, off the cats, and off me. I’ve never had trouble with the heads staying in. We used to cover seed ticks with vaseline to suffocate when we lived in Missouri. Haven’t seen any of those tiny little varments since we moved to Texas.

    I don’t really deal with ticks too much anymore due, in part, to the Advantage, I think.

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