Ticks, Yuck!

Health

Hello everyone. We are in early spring here at Knotty Toys for Good Dogs. I got an unpleasant reminder of what that means yesterday. huMom always gives me a thorough check after our walks once the snow is gone & she found a tick on me. So she & SAM sprung into action with a small tool called a tick twister (see above). Within moments the tick was removed & dispatched in a solution of rubbing alcohol. But yuck. We hate ticks.

Ticks are small insects that are related to spiders. They can be found in forests, tall brush or grass. But they aren’t just in the country side, they live in city parks & backyards too.

Ticks will jump on any mammal as it’s walking by. Then they burrow through the fur to feed on blood. In doing so, ticks can transmit deadly diseases & parasites. Lyme disease is carried by ticks. The longer a tick feeds the more likelihood of it transmitting a disease or a parasite, so it’s important to remove them as soon as possible.

Ticks are visible to the naked eye & will grow as they feed. If you do find a tick, it is important to take care when removing it. Any contact with the tick’s blood can potentially transmit infection to your good dog or even to you! Treat the area with rubbing alcohol & pluck the parasite with a tick remover, making sure you’ve gotten the head. Never squeeze an attached tick or it will ‘barf’ into the wound. The ‘barf’ may have parasites or viruses in it.

My huMom is a “helicopter mom” with me & my fur is short & light colored so in my case, finding a tick isn’t that difficult. I imagine this isn’t so for all good dogs. For us, the tick twister tool comes in handy. But if your good dog is thick furred it may not be so simple & a tick may go undetected. There are medications you can give your good dog, both to prevent & kill ticks. There are pills, spray’s, & shampoos. Like any medication, you need to be careful about which one you use. Tick medications are toxic. Make sure you read all labels carefully, & if you have any doubts, seek advice from your veterinarian. We always like to promote all natural products & there are natural tick treatments but we have never tried one so I can’t say if they are effective or not. If you use a natural product for ticks, please share your thoughts.

I recommend you always give your good dog a thorough check after a walk in nature, be it a forest, park or backyard. Pay special attention to the ears, lips, nose, under the chin, the top of the legs & between toes. These are places ticks like to hide, but they will attach anywhere given the chance. The one huMom found was on the back of my neck.

A “tick Twister” is specifically designed for removing ticks. They can be purchased at a pet supply store or ask your vet. This video shows how a Tick Twister works, it seems very easy.

Ticks are dog gone disgusting & ugly so I apawlogize for this being a gross post.

CEO Olivia

Springtime is Tick Time

Health

Hello everyone, CEO Olivia here. With the Spring fully arrived, it’s time to be on guard for those ugly little critters called ticks.

Ticks are small insects that are related to spiders. They are most active from spring through fall here in Eastern Ontario, but can be a year round pest further south in places like Florida. Ticks can be found in forests, tall brush or grass. But they aren’t just in the country side, they live in big city parks & backyards too.

Ticks will jump on an animal as it’s walking by. Then they burrow in to feed on blood. In doing so, ticks can transmit deadly diseases & parasites. For example, Lyme disease is carried by ticks.

During these warm months, it’s a good idea to check your good dog regularly after time outside. Luckily, ticks are visible to the naked eye & will grow as they feed. If you do spot a tick, it is important to take care when removing it. Any contact with the tick’s blood can potentially transmit infection to your good dog or even to you! Treat the area with rubbing alcohol & pluck the parasite with a tick remover (see below), making sure you’ve gotten the head. Never squeeze the tick or it will ‘barf’ into the wound. The ‘barf’ may have parasites or carry viruses.

The longer a tick feeds the more likely disease can be transmitted, it is wise for your good dog to be seen by a vet soon after any ticks are found. If possible, keep the tick in a jar of alcohol & bring it with you to your vet. It can then be tested for things like Lyme disease.

Although we don’t use them, there are medications you can give your good dog both to prevent & kill ticks. There are many pills, spray’s, & shampoos. While these medications are great, you still need to be very careful about which one you use. Make sure you read all labels carefully, & if you have any doubts, seek advice from your veterinarian before application.

My huMom always gives me a thorough check after our walks. She pays special attention to my ears, lips, nose, under my chin, the top of my legs & between my toes. These are places ticks like to hide.

As I mentioned above, there is also a tool called a “tick Twister” that is specifically designed for removing ticks. They can be purchased at a pet supply store or ask your vet. I sniffed out a video on how a Tick Twister works, it seems very easy.

Please stay home & stay safe. We’re in this together.

#plankthecurve

CEO Olivia

It’s Tick Time Again

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Hello everyone, CEO Olivia here. With the warm weather comes those nasty bugs called ticks.

I’ve only had to deal with a tick once, it jumped on my upper front leg while I was exploring in some tall grass by the roadside. Luckily my huMom spotted it moments later, & removed it safely before it had really dug in.

Ticks are small bugs that are related to spiders & scorpions. They are most active from spring through fall here in Ontario. Ticks can be found in forests, in tall brush or grass, where they may attach to animals walking by. They feast on blood & in doing so often transmit diseases & parasites.

Luckily, ticks are visible to the naked eye & grow as they feed. During these warm months, it’s a good idea to check your good dog regularly for them. If you do spot a tick, it is important to take care when removing it. Any contact with the tick’s blood can potentially transmit infection to your dog or even to you! Treat the area with rubbing alcohol & pluck the parasite with tweezers, making sure you’ve gotten the biting head.

Since it may only take a few hours for disease to be transmitted from an attached tick, it is wise for your dog to be seen by a vet soon after any ticks are found. Keep the tick in a jar & bring it with you to your vet. It can then be tested for Lyme disease.

There are medications you can give your dog both to prevent & kill ticks. There are many pills, spray’s, & shampoos. While these medications are great, you still need to be very careful about which one you use. Make sure you read all labels carefully, & if you have any doubts, seek advice from your veterinarian before application.

There is also a tool called a “tick Twister” that is specifically designed for removing ticks. They can be purchased at a pet supply store or ask your vet. I sniffed out a video on how a Tick Twister works, it seems very easy.

Let’s all be safe this summer. If you’ve been out & about, especially in tall grass or playing in the woods, be sure to check for ticks when you arrive home.

CEO Olivia