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The Tick - Part Three
How to Remove a Tick
In the event you should find a tick on yourself, a camping buddy or your pet, there is a right and a wrong way to remove it. Most of us do not feel a tick biting, which is why we should check ourselves thoroughly after hikes through the great outdoors. Though not all ticks harbor disease and a bite does not guarantee a greater infection even if the tick is a carrier, the sooner you remove the tick, the less chance you'll have of receiving an infection of any kind. It takes anywhere from 4 to 12 hours before a tick can inject the disease into you or your pet's bloodstream.

This is why it's so important to groom dogs more than usual when a season is heavy with ticks.

When you find a tick:

  1. With either a special tick-removing device or fine point tweezers, grasp the tick where its mouthparts enter the skin. Do not grasp its body.
  2. Tug gently and repeatedly until it releases its hold by withdrawing its mouthpart from your skin. Be patient. If you act too rashly, the tick's mouthpart can break off and remain embedded inside the skin.
  3. Save the tick in a covered jar of alcohol labeled with the date, the body location where the tick was attached and the place where you think you acquired the tick. This is to show your doctor for testing and identification. You can also call your local or state board of health if you want to have the tick examined. If not, flush it down the toilet. Do not throw it back outside.
  4. Spray the location of the bite with HealthyPetNet's Soothing Mist.
Generally speaking, an antibiotic spray is not necessary to treat tick bites. Think of all the antibiotics we use already. Sometimes we should let the antibiotics fight the greater battles. For tick bites, all your pet needs is a soothing spray with natural ingredients that the skin will respond well to on its way back to a healthy track. If you have any doubt, ask your veterinarian. HealthyPetNet's New & Improved Soothing Mist is formulated for our pets' skin �Eirritated and angry from scratches, allergies and insect bites. This formula is comprised of the key elements the skin needs to support healthy skin; such as, aloe vera gel, zinc and vitamin C. It also contains skin-soothing herbs like lavender, chamomile and marigold. Each ingredient in this formula is intended to help replenish the damaged cells in our pets' skin.

Part Four: Preventing Ticks

Part One: Introducing Ticks

Part Two: Tick-Related Ailments

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