View Full Version : Foster dog with tick....HELP!!

brid kenny
12th January 2007, 04:18 PM
I discovered it last night :yikes :yikes
I put fontline on her last night and vodka on the tick this morning and the ba$##*d stil hasn't moved!!
What do I do?

Cathy T
12th January 2007, 04:42 PM
The two times I found ticks on mine I didn't know what they were until I had already pulled them off. I was scratching Shelby's head and thought she had a little scab...scraped it off with my fingernail...and it had legs and was moving :yikes Jake's was already engorged and I used a pair of tweezers getting as close to the skin as I could and pulling straight out. I kept both ticks in a plastic bag for about a week to make sure the dogs didn't have any kind of reaction. I've read now that you should store the tick in alcohol. Here are some articles I found online. Hope they help.


brid kenny
12th January 2007, 04:45 PM
Thanks Cathy.

12th January 2007, 04:45 PM
They should just fall off -- Lucy got them when at the beach with my mom and that's what she used. I think it is Frontline that works on ticks...? Problem with tweezing them is it is very easy for the body to break off, the head to stay in and get infected. So you need to be sure the head has come out as well.

We always were told to hold a match to them and they back out but wouldn;t do that on a dog with long hair! :yikes

12th January 2007, 04:48 PM
PS Frontline website says it takes 24-48 hours to kill ticks after use.

12th January 2007, 04:49 PM
You can get tick hooks - our vet stocks them. They look like a small crochet hook

To get the tick out, you need to rotate it anti-clockwise - this disengages the mouth parts.

12th January 2007, 04:50 PM
:grnyuk: Never heard of one of those. Now that's a specialty product! :lol:

12th January 2007, 04:55 PM
Ps Brid there's a rabbit query over in the Dog and Bone! :)

12th January 2007, 05:00 PM
we did the match one once and it worked like a charm. We had a few adults helping out though. The tick came out within a matter of a few seconds. Bob (the dog) looked very relieved, lol. :lol: Good luck brid!

12th January 2007, 05:11 PM
DH uses a match while I hold the hair back...works well.

12th January 2007, 06:00 PM
I've heard that cover the tick with Vaseline will smother it and cause it to back out. I've never tried it but does anyone else have experience with this method?

I hate ticks. When I see a tick or even think about one I feel like Indiana Jones in that scene where he's going down into the Egyptian tomb and the flood is covered in snakes and all he can say is "I hate snakes..."

Barbara Nixon
12th January 2007, 06:08 PM
I've heard of the hooks. Pets at Home used to stock them. I don't know whether they still do, though.

Cicero's Mummy
12th January 2007, 06:20 PM
I have tried the vasaline method (on a human not a dog) and it worked great. Good luck!

15th January 2007, 11:16 AM
I've tried the match ahd went well. (in a human)