Nebraska Airedale Terrier Association
IT'S FALL!--autumnal leaves, brilliant colors, moderating temperatures...for many an "ideal"! However, it's also TICK SEASON! Ticks love cooler weather!!!! With decreased temperatures, expect increased tick activity!!!!
Tick-borne diseases include but are not limited to:
And many of these are not only life-threatening but affect humans as well as "pets"!
What is a tick?
TO DISCOURAGE TICKS:
Ticks "dislike" the scent of rose geranium or palmarosa! You can purchase these essential oils in a natural foods/holistic health store! BUT ALWAYS DILUTE ESSENTIAL OILS before applying to you or your dog! NEVER APPLY THEM FULL STRENGTH!!!
Apply Rotenone to outdoor areas that your dog frequents (Rotenone is a powdered, "organic" pesticide that tends to repel ticks; however, not all "organic" compounds are nontoxic to you or your pet! (Many people falsely assume that anything "organic" is nontoxic! Use Rotenone with caution--it is organic but recent studies bring into question its toxicity levels for use around humans and pets!)
Some plants also have tick-repellent qualities! Plant these around your property! These include, but are not limited to, scented geraniums, chrysanthemums, etc.!
Keep areas that you and your pet frequent mowed or clipped! Ticks thrive in tall grasses and weeds! (Many people falsely assume that ticks "drop" out of trees....however, research contradicts this! Ticks are terrestial--they climb up!)
Regular grooming, especially "combing" through hair (yours or your pet's) with a fine-toothed or flea comb, can eliminate a number of ticks before they can lodge in the dermis of the host...you or your pet!
In tick season, (spring and fall) make sure that your pet's coat and furnishings are clipped or stripped short! It is far easier to detect and remove ticks on a "short" coat than a long one!
You missed one! (Or maybe MORE!!!)
If they haven't embedded, simply remove them and place them in a container of rubbing alcohol!
If they have embedded, place tweezers or a "hairmostat" (a hairmostat does not have the locking mechanism of a hemostat but is similar in structure) as close to the "head" of the tick as possible and gently "excise" the tick by pulling straight out! Place the excised tick in rubbing alcohol and treat the "site of the bite" with rubbing alcohol; follow-up with an antibiotic cream!
You don't think you got it all! MYTH: If the "head" of the tick is still embedded it can continue to inject toxins even if the body is removed!!! (POSSIBLE BUT UNLIKELY!!!!) If you didn't get it all, if there is some part of the tick still "visibly" implanted, remove it as best you can! I apply concentrated rubbing alcohol with a cotton ball and, if necessary, excise the head of the tick.
MONITOR for symptoms of tick-borne illnesses:
Tick-borne diseases generally attack the immune system:
(NOTE: Many of the symptoms of tick-borne disease are "similar" to those of immune-mediated disease: tick borne diseases need to be treated with high doses of antibiotics; immune mediated or "auto-immune" diseases respond best to steroids which inhibit the immune system! It is extremely difficult to isolate the two! And, the two, are contraindicated!!!!! A dog treated for immune-mediated disease who has a "tick-borne" illness may die...and vice-versa! If neither is implicated in the initial diagnosis, both protocols are recommended until a "diagnosis" can be confirmed!!! Please consult your veterinarian (or a veterinary specialist) for information regarding diagnosis and treatment!)
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