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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-29-2011, 07:58 AM Thread Starter
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HELP, I think it is a tick

Being a Canadian and where I live, ticks are not something I even think about, but we are camping and vacationing in the South right now. Last week we were in Skidaway State Park near Savanah, Georgia and took the dogs for several walks. Each of them got a lot of burrs stuck to them. We are now in Myrtle Beach, S.C. and when I was giving Cooper rubs yesterday, I found a funny lump on him. I didn`t know what it was but I thought it might be a burr. I pulled it off and now I think it was a tick. I may have left the head in him as there is still a bump at that site. I fouind another smaller one also, but I believe I got the whole tick that time. Is that possible and is this something I should be worried about. We will not be home for another week, but I could find a vet here if anyone thinks I should. Thanks for any help.


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You don't need a vet for a tick. Find a magnifiying glass if you can't focus close enough on the spot where you think the head might still be in. It will still be right at the surface. There would still be some swelling at the site of a bite for a while anyway.

Ask if tick borne diseases are prevalent where you are, and watch for symptoms. Antibiotics work quickly when symptoms are caught early.

I grew up in the woods of Virginia, and North Carolina, and have pulled hundreds of ticks off of myself and animals. I'm able to keep them out of our yards, but they are a part of life outside in the South.
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Thanks for the reply. I have no idea about diseases in this area. We are only visiting for a couple of more days. I will take a closer look though and see if I can find the head.


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Like Tom said, don't worry.

I just yanked one off of Jack last night. How he got a tick is beyond me. It snowed yesterday. I thought they would be dead.

Anyway, if you get home and Cooper shows symptoms, be sure to tell your vet that Cooper was in the South and got bitten. Here, it seems that every time a beastie limps or shows soreness in a joint, the vets suck blood and check for lyme's.

A "fun" thing to look for. The bite area scabs over and peels off, leaving a perfectly round bald spot until the hair grows back. I have discovered that Jack's hair grows back completely black. Now he has a black streak in his white eyebrows. (Getting that tick off was painful!) @[email protected]

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One thing I learned fighting Lyme disease myself...is once you get the head of the tick out swap it with hydrogen poroxide, and then dab a bit of bacitricine (plain, not pain relief) on it. It helps the bump to heal and possibly keeps the tick borne bacterias from burrowing into the the host. And it couldn't hurt.




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Ooo! Helpful hint! I will try to remember that next spring. Jack buries his face in any hole and always has ticks on his head.

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There's a lot of mythology about the head staying in. If you can't get it, it will almost surely work it's way out eventually. If he's been exposed to Lyme (unlikely), the damage is already done. Put a good antiseptic on the site to prevent infection. Welcome to the South!
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Thanks, DonnaC, love the weather, hate the little critters. just found 4 of the little suckers on my puppy, Tessa. Freaking me out.


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I just found one this week walking over Bumi's face. It was very small and not full at all. I checked him and he seems to have none on him but we put the treatment on him regardless during spring and fall.
DH puts something on the grass that keeps them out, but he hasn't done it since the summer.

PS: I have pull ticks out of my children and myself too. Thanks God we have caught them within hours of getting them so is not a big deal, the problem (at least for humans) is after at least 24 hrs of attaching themselves on you. (or is it 48?)...

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I'm a city girl from up north of the border. I have never seen them before this. Disgusting little things, aren't they?


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