Ticks – YUCK! Unfortunately they are part and parcel of Malibu. That little guy in the photo was actually latched onto the middle of my back (you know that area you can never reach?) and it just so happened I had no one else around to help me remove him. Thankfully I have both the Tick Key and the Tick Twister — both are my favorite tools for tick removal. There’s no squeezing the tick, you just hook them with the tools, twist and voila! It’s quick and easy.
I always advocate to check your dog over daily anyway, to become familiar with that is normal so that you can detect abnormal*. Ticks are sneaky little arachnids and their bite is typically painless. It is especially important to go over your dog after a hike or coming in at the end of the day if you have a large, wild-kept yard. Even if your dog has been treated with Frontline or is wearing a Seresto collar – still look him over. I haven’t found a fully 100% anti-tick treatment yet.
Why is it important? Ticks can carry many diseases that you don’t want either your dog to catch or you to catch yourself. Recently a news story was circulating about a sheltie that was suffering from paralysis so bad that the owners were advised to put him to sleep. Just as the vet tech was prepping the dog- she found a tick. The dog was suffering from a rare condition called tick paralysis. Shortly after the tick was removed, the dog returned back to normal.
So go over your dogs, remove the ticks, drown them in a bit of rubbing alcohol and while you’re at it, clean the bite site with some too. You can put a dab of neosporin or other OTC antibiotic ointment on it too.
*I found a cancerous bump on a client’s dog, just under his collar, by going over him after a hike. It was removed and Billy was fine afterwards!