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Preparing for Summer: How to Remove a Tick

Watson must taste like candy to Ticks, as I find them on him all the time in the summer even when using a repellent such as Frontline.  I pulled my first (dear) tick off him just last week!

I found these tips on the ASPCA’s website on how to properly remove a tick:

So, you’ve found a tick on your pet—how do you deal with it? While it’s important to get these little suckers off quickly, ASPCA veterinarians advise that you stay calm and don’t rush it. Moving too fast when removing a tick could potentially create more problems, both for your pet and for you.

While the following instructions employ tweezers, be aware that there are some very good products on the market designed specifically for safe tick removal. If you live in a tick-heavy area or are taking your pets to a place where they are likely to get ticks, it’s a good idea to buy one of these tools and have it on hand. They generally work better than tweezers at getting out the whole tick, and are relatively inexpensive.

Step-by-Step Tick Removal Instructions

Step 1—Prepare its Final Resting Place

Throwing a tick in the trash or flushing it down the toilet will not kill it, and it’s actually best to hold on to it for awhile for veterinary testing in case your pet falls ill from the bite. Be ready with somewhere to put the tick after you’ve removed it—the best option is a screw-top jar containing some rubbing alcohol.

Step 2—Don’t Bare-Hand It

Put on latex or rubber gloves so you’ll never have direct contact with the tick or your pet’s bite area. Ticks can carry infective agents that may enter your bloodstream through breaks in your skin or through mucous membranes (if you touch your eyes, nostrils or mouth).

Step 3—Grab a Partner

You don’t want your pet squirming away before you’re finished, so if possible, have a helper on hand to distract, soothe or hold her still.

Step 4—The Removal

Treat the bite area with rubbing alcohol and, using a pair of tweezers, grasp the tick as close to the animal’s skin as possible. Pull straight upwards with steady, even pressure. Place the tick in your jar.

  • Do not twist or jerk the tick! This may leave the mouth-parts embedded in your pet, or cause the tick to regurgitate infective fluids.
  • Do not squeeze or crush the body of the tick, because its fluids (saliva and gut contents) may contain infective organisms.

Step 5—All that Remains

Sometimes, in spite of doing everything right, a tick’s mouth-parts will get left behind in your pet’s skin. If the area doesn’t appear red or inflamed, the best thing to do is to disinfect it and not to try to take the mouth-parts out. A warm compress to the area might help the body expel them, but do not go at it with tweezers.

Step 6—Clean Up

Thoroughly disinfect the bite site and wash your hands with soap and water (even though you were wearing gloves). Sterilize your tweezers with alcohol or by carefully running them over a flame.

Step 7—Keep Watch

Over the next few weeks, closely monitor the bite area for any signs of localized infection. If the area is already red and inflamed, or becomes so later, please bring your pet—and your jarred tick—to your veterinarian for evaluation.

No ticks please don't bite me!!

No ticks please don’t bite me!!

Nothing but love for Beantown

Yesterday just before 3pm another tragic event occurred an I will always remember that on April 15, 2013 during the Boston Marathon Explosions I was stuck in my cube at work with my coworkers when I received the breaking news alert from Channel 7.  This is not much different then how I will always remember that I was in my 8th grade English class when I first learned about the attack on New York’s World Trade Center and the events of 9/11. This time however it hit closer to home as I have walked up and down Boylston St countless times, and lived in the city for four years, and volunteered at the Animal Rescue League just a few short blocks away.

Image from CBS News of the explosion

Image from CBS News of the explosion

I knew quite a few people running the race, volunteering, or cheering on the participants and fortunately EVERYONE is OK   It was strange to pretend to continue to work yesterday as if this terrible event was not happening, customers would call about something seemingly trivial and you just wanted to say “do you not know what’s happening out here??”

Boston is a strong city, made up of strong people from a variety of background who can withstand harsh New England winters and humid summers, we can navigate streets that are not a perfect grid, and can walk through a cobble stoned wind tunnel in heels, so I have faith we will bounce back even stronger than before.  We won’t forget (especially us stubborn Irish ones).

View of Boston from Cambridge during the 2012 Walk for Hunger

View of Boston from Cambridge during the 2012 Walk for Hunger

In a few weeks I will be participating Project Bread’s the Walk for Hunger, and I am more excited now then any year in the past to join forces with others and walk 20 miles around my city. I also hope to find a good cause to run in the 2014 Boston Marathon with my cousin and one of my best friends, as I’m sure so many others will want to get involved to give a big F* YOU to terrorism, you can startle us but we won’t back down and live in fear.

Yesterday’s events took place on Patriot’s Day a Massachusetts holiday that commemorates the beginning of the Revolutionary War.  This day represents how as a city, state, and country we value our freedom immensely.  We gained our independence and freedom from Britain in 1776 and it won’t be taken from us in 2013.

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers.  You will always find people who are helping.” – Fred Rogers.  Yesterday it was easy to see “the helpers” they were everywhere in many different forms; from the police, National Guard, and EMT’s to the volunteer nurses and physicians at the marathon and even the runners were out there helping those injured by the blasts.

Please keep Boston in your thoughts in the upcoming days as those who were injured begin to heal.


Green Monsta' after the Red Sox won  the world series in 2007

Green Monsta’ after the Red Sox won the world series in 2007