First I want to thank you all for your comments and suggestions regarding yesterday’s blog. I do think about what you say and they do help.
Second I want to caveat this blog with this thought…if you are squeamish, you may not want to look at the pictures. No it’s not bloody, just (in my opinion) really gross.
Yesterday I got a message from my friend Laura who was recently rescued by a dog.
“HELP – it appears Candy has managed to get a tick or two – how do we take them out?????”
Flash forward to this morning as I’m singing Sampson his morning wake-up song and giving him his rubbies, I come across an engorged tick on his chest, and I panicked! Eeeuuuh, this is gross. I ran around trying to gather all of the items I needed to remove the tick. As soon as I ran out of the bedroom they ran after me, thinking…yipee she’s going to feed us. That didn’t happen, at least not right away.
I gathered the necessary items (my first thought was to put the tick into the alcohol, but then I thought it would be better to put the tick in a plastic baggie in case it required testing.) In my blog about having a “tick kit” I mentioned the “Ticked Off” and I said, it works very well. Truthfully, I’ve NEVER had to use it to remove a fully engorged tick; I’ve always caught the ticks early and removed them BEFORE they blew up. I was a little nervous about taking the tick off and of course Chet had already left for work. There was nothing else for it; I needed to take this sucker (literally) off. Ok decision made, breathe. I took my little Ticked Off tool and removed the tick!
I am here to tell you “Ticked Off” is the best thing EVER invented! That sucker came off with ease. He/she (really do they have a defined sex?) was so fat and bloated from sucking on my dog that it could barely move. It looks like a small jelly bean…with legs. (Ok, so now I can’t finish the jelly belly beans that I got from Stephanie’s baby shower. ) I transferred the tick to the plastic bag and then I took one of the little ticks (unbloated) from our last tick episode and put them side by side for comparison.
Didn’t the alcohol preserve the little one nicely? 🙂
In order to be proactive, I called the vet. I was assured that while this tick may transmit some types of diseases, it is a common dog tick and does not transmit Lyme Disease.
It’s still gross though; and I don’t know that I can ever eat another jelly bean!