Fleas And Ticks

July 3, 2010


The other Villain we have lurking in the shadows is the tick.  A tick can cause as many problems as the flea.  The tick can cause medical problems for you, as well as your
pet.  You can often find ticks in tall grass and bushes.  The Tick is a blood feeding parasite.  The tick will wait in the tall grass or bush and wait for it’s victim to pass by and then it will attach itself.  The only method of transport for the tick is physical contact with the cat, dog or even you as the victim.  Ticks can’t jump or fly, but they can drop  out of their perch and onto the host and they can climb. There are some species that will actively stalk a Cat or Dog by foot. That’s kind of a scary thought. Temperature changes and the length of day are things that signal the tick to find a host.  Ticks can detect heat emitted or carbon dioxide from a nearby Cat or Dog.

Now what to do if you or your pet get a tick and  he makes you his home.
You need to evict the critter.  To remove the tick; get a pair of tweezers and grab the tick at the head as close to the skin line as possible (they make special tweezers for this).  Pull slowly and gently, do not use a twisting motion.  A twisting motion could cause the head to break off  the tick body and stay in your pet.  As you pull slowly, the tick mouth parts should release .  You should see a small crater in your pets skin.  If you see what looks like black lines then you have left the head of the tick behind.  If that occurs you may have to take your pet to the vet, as it may lead to an infection.  I hope this short little article has given you some of the basic information on what to do about ticks and fleas if they are causing you or your pet a problem.  Stay tuned to this site as new information is posted.  Keep on the lookout for Fleas and ticks.

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