Tick removers - cheap and ideal for you and dogs!

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  1. Minxy Girl

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    Got 2 ticks off one of our pet-sitting dogs last September - used one of these (which we happen to carry because of our frequent forays into Scotland) and it was so simple to get the little biters out.
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    Thats for the soft Southern variety
    the Northern tick removers are here

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    Better ask @Minxy Girl she likes to analyse this sort of teaser. Hahaha. Sorry Mel couldn't resist. Roy .
     
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    I always used sheep dip for my gundogs' and ferrets . That way no infection arising from just removing tick body and leaving head to decompose in the skin .
     
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    If you use the tick removers correctly (twist either way!) you shouldn't leave anything in but as a precaution you could put some antiseptic cream/spray on ... I don't think I'd like to use sheep dip on mine! o_O
     
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    Touch them with a lit cigarette, they drop off! In the late 60s and early 70s we used an Aerosol specially for them and Leeches, when they dropped off, the spray acted as an antiseptic on the wound
     
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    Yep did that as well when only a few ticks were found...
     
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    We use advantix on the dogs. Megs coat is so impenetrable I worry we could miss a tick. Have tick removers just in case though.
     
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    We've had to removed ticks quite a few times on our dogs, mainly from our little Lily which is unfortunate as she reacts badly to them ... we nearly lost her once and she had to go on drips etc to pull her through! :eek:
     
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    Ticks are so much more dangerous than people realise and I believe that this year may be the rude awakening for many pet owners .. A flea /tick collar or similar is of paramount importance as it will help repel ticks and other biting insects . Roy
     
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    I once saw a video clip showing a way to safely remove a tick if you are out without the fork thingie, put your finger lightly on the usually already inflated body, turn finger slowly keeping in contact with tick body like you are drawing a very small circle with your finger. It has worked several times for me, the tick apparently gets giddy and retracts itself :)(y)

    Cant for the life of me find the video now, but TBH even if I could I couldn't copy it on to here o_O
     
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    Agree Roy, we use Advantix which we buy as soon as we land in France from a local vet as it's very expensive here, nothing else is so effective nowadays as this particular product, even our own vet has told us that. We also use flea collars too for good measure but only put them on the dogs when they go out, rather than leave them on all the time, as we have to cut the collars down to size the bits we cut off are placed on the floor near the dog beds etc to hopefully deter any 'stowaways'!

    We've twice now had to have Lily to vets for tick problems but the first time it was by far the most worrying and very frightening ... the vet didn't think she'd pull through ... she's a strong little b*gger fortunately! The second time she wasn't well but nothing like the first time and since then, although she's had an odd tick on her, she hasn't reacted.
     
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    Used the other type on our Zippy and couldn't get the little blighter off, borrowed the TickTwister from neighbours twice and out in seconds, it does say to twist anti-clockwise. Will be buying when we are back in UK.
     
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    Removed the first tick of the year from Charlie this evening using a plastic fork thingie. It worked well and the tick came out in one bit and still waving it's legs about.

    We've just got some Advantix ready for our next trip but the instructions say it is only effective against ticks for 14 days but it is given every 28 days. But after today's tick I'll start treating him from tomorrow.

    I think we will also get a tick collar as well as that should give protection continuously. The Scalibor one seems well reviewed but it has to be worn continuously as full protection is only achieved after two or three weeks wear.
    http://www.mypet.com/scalibor/what-is-scalibor.aspx
     
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    We live in a rural area of Scotland, there are sheep and lambs in the field behind us, ticks are a common problem. Have used an O'Tom tick remover for years, carry them in the first aid kit in the van.
     
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