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Don’t tickoff a tick – ever

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Did you ever think ticks could be beautiful? Well, the Furlong dog has just had a tick (two actually). They were just like pearls!

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But they gave a lot of trouble. One had lodged itself on a very tender area inside the ear so our dog would not let us get near him to remove it without turning on us and shrieking. It was upsetting for us all.

Eventually, we managed to get a few drops of tick control stuff – the kind you get in a tiny tube and squeeze onto the skin at the back of a dog’s neck. It was left over from an old batch we once used. And we never bothered to use it because there were no ticks in the place we lived in. Well, we never saw one in fifteen years.


we have moved. We have moved into an area full of ticks – evidently.


back to the tick removal story.  Eventually, the “pearls” started shrivelling and turned black. Thus weakened, I could grab them and get them off, head and all.

We felt jubilant.


the bites became very angry and the dog was still in pain.


we travelled back to our old town to see the Vet.

Now THIS is the interesting part. WE DID THE WRONG THING. An angry, cross, defensive or irritated tick, squirts its stomach contents back into its host. So don’t tickoff a tick.

Quick removal, before it can think, is the best way.

These “Pearl” ticks are nasty buggers! Evidently, all the infections are in their stomachs, where they stay, unless they regurgitate them.

Disease transmission from Wikipedia

A number of tick-borne diseases can be transmitted byI. ricinus to a variety of mammal hosts. Dogs can be infected with Lyme disease (borreliosis), caused by thespirochaete bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi, B. afzeli andB. garnii. Cattle can become infected with redwater fever (from the protozoans Babesia divergens, B. bovisand B. ovis), Lyme disease (from Borrelia burgdorferi),sheep tick pyemia (Staphylococcus aureus), cattle tick-borne fever (Anaplasma phagocytophila), Q fever(Coxiella burnetii), Boutonneuse fever (Rickettsia conorii) and the bacterium Anaplasma marginale.Horses may be infected with Lyme disease, Anaplasma phagocytophila, and the viral infection “louping ill“. Humans can become infected with Lyme disease, louping ill, Q fever and tick-borne encephalitis.


Author: thelastfurlong

I'm someone also pounding the Path, just like you.. I'm retired, going into Old Age and loving my life. I'm hoping to remain happy and well for as long as possible. Old Age is not SO bad - yet!

One thought on “Don’t tickoff a tick – ever

  1. Only Deer Ticks carry Limes Disease. The rest are just boring..


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