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Jun. 13th, 2005

Last night we found a tick on Saku's forehead. I was petting him before going to bed and I suddenly felt like what appeared to be either a large scab or a big splinter. I combed his fur out of the way and saw this fucking MONSTROUS tick. It wasn't engorged with blood, either. It was about the size of a fingernail. To suggest using tweezers would be like suggesting using a pair of needlenose pliars to pull a nail out of wood. All we had were tweezers and it's no surprise that we pulled the little fucker into a couple pieces trying to get it out. I'm not sure if we got the head out, probably not. This morning there was a fairly decent sized lump under the skin and it looks like it's getting infected, so Galen is taking him to the vet.

A note on my own experience with ticks up till now. To me, ticks are vicious little creatures that get no larger than half the size of a grain of rice. Up till two weeks ago I never have had one on me, and my fingernail made short work of it. I've never had one on a dog before.

Today I've been informed that they'll get to be the size of marbles and that my local friends GSD (Kelar) gets 5-6 a year here in virginia. His friends Husky (FireDHusky) got only one and had lyme disease from it. Apparently Lyme disease isn't instantly lethal, it just takes some antibiotics and they pull through. Fun fun...

- Keman


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Jun. 13th, 2005 04:18 pm (UTC)
I've seen a dog die from ticks and fleas before. Had some of those huge bloated white marble-sized ticks on it. The South can be ugly.
Jun. 13th, 2005 04:18 pm (UTC)
What was really weird is that after the dog was dead, the fleas and ticks left the body in a kind of single-file line, like a funeral procession.
Jun. 13th, 2005 07:17 pm (UTC)
those are dog-ticks..
i also call them watermelonseed ticks..
they're common, and no bigdeal.. i've seen them on our dog a bunch of times..
Jun. 13th, 2005 08:09 pm (UTC)
Since when do you have a dog? :P

- Keman
Jun. 13th, 2005 10:01 pm (UTC)
she died last year.

she was my dog for many years when i was growing up in CT.
Jun. 13th, 2005 09:48 pm (UTC)
In this side of PA is not hard to get a tick. I got ticks myself just after a few minutes of beeing outside next to tall brushes or bushes. Nasty plage at least arround my area.

Firtz got lime disease in a camping trip to the apalachian trail, 2 days after we came back, i noticed him tired and sore. RIGHT away to the vet who gave him antibiotics. I think a week later he was doing really good and by the end of the treatment, he was as bouncy as always.

If you want to take a tick out, you can use needle nose plieres, my favourite cos i hate touching those bastards, specially when i take them off and they cling to my finger.
You just grab the tick, WITHOUT pulling and you rotate the pliers 360 degrees a few times and they come loose without leaving parts inside your dogie.
Dogies apreciate it :)

*paw waves*


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