I feel lately this blog has become all about ticks. Ticks are disgusting and vile and I want to blog about them one more time and then put this subject to rest, permanently.
I found a tick on Delilah last night, we were on our way back from our hike and I looked at her face and sure enough, there was a tick on the side of her nose. I tried to remove it in the car, but the tick had already embedded itself so we had to wait until we got home.
Once we were home we kept the dogs outside, and I went and got my Ticked Off. The Ticked Off is much easier to use on a couch potato like Sampson, than a wiggle worm like Delilah. Sampson’s was on his chest and very easy to get to. Delilah’s was on her nose and not so easy.
Either I didn’t have the Ticked Off positioned correctly or I didn’t have the skin tight enough, but I think I left the head of the tick in the skin; because 1) the tick didn’t move when I removed it and 2) Delilah has a big bump on her nose where the tick was.
I put some Neosporin on her nose, but as you can imagine this kept me up a good portion of last night, worrying about what might happen to Delilah with the head of a tick embedded in her nose. I researched it this morning and that is what I want to share here with you today, and then let’s put this topic to bed.
Big Dog Boutique says, you can either take your dog to the vet (expensive) to have the tick removed, or you can clean the area with rubbing alcohol, the body will form a hard protective bump around the “foreign object” and the natural growth and shedding of skin will remove the tick head after a period of time. You can speed the process up by applying Vitamin E to the bump. As of now this is our course of action, I will continue with the Neosporin until I get the Vitamin E. I will keep a watch on her nose to make sure it doesn’t get infected. I am upping their garlic intake and purchasing some Earth Animal Bug Off spray because I know it works better than this Neem Oil stuff.
On another “stuck on you” theme, check out this picture I took of Sampson this afternoon after he went diving in the stream.