Getting rid of Dog Ticks

Dog Tick removal

My mom is my full time companion and my best friend. She wants to be with me all the time and I love her for that. Recently I had an issue with ticks. There were lots of these bugs all over my skin. I hated the sight and was struggling with the itch these awful creatures were causing. Mom took me to a vet and he resolved the issues and also gave mom some simple tips for removing them. He also warned that these ticks can very easily cause serious health problems for me and mom. Using these tips helped mom to remove the ticks from my skin with precision causing very less pain. I wanted to share these awesome tips with you all there. Here are the tips:

  • Remove the ticks while wearing Gloves – Always wear gloves while removing ticks. Ticks can  also bite humans and cause very serious infection. Wearing gloves will protect you.
  • Use light tweezers to tug away – Use tweezers that are used in surgery. Catch hold of the tick and tug gently. Never pry away forcefully. This can cause the tick head to remain and cause infection. Keep on tugging gently and the tick will loosen and ultimately lose its grip on the dog’s skin.
  • Kill and store in alcohol – Put the tick in alcohol. It will kill the bug and you can keep it stored to take it to the vet. Identifying the type of tick is essential for the treatment that follows.
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Heartworm in Dogs

Look after you dog and prevent them from being infected with heartworm
Mosquitos cause Heartworm

My mum had me visit her friend again this week, the vet, not sure he is my friend as he does some strange things to me and injects me. This week mum wanted to talk about heartworm (Dirofilaria immitis) and the problems it can cause for dogs and what she could do about it. I think the recent adverts on the TV have got her thinking.

Apparently heartworm is a nasty infection that mainly affects dogs but some cats too. You get infected via mosquitos and apparently show no real symptoms for a while until the larvae matures, one of the first signs being a cough after exercise and also becoming very tired after exercise. My mum is concerned because I lived out in the open at the shelter the first 18 months of my life and there were lots of mosquitos. I sleep a lot and get tired very easily, but I am only little and as the vet says a little overweight!! My mum has been really strict with my food and no treats except for teeth cleaning chews but she was away for 3 weeks and my dad spoils me, oh he got into so much trouble when she came back but I like his treats !

The vet took some blood and we have to go back in a week but he thinks I am fine -so do I, but he gave my mum lots of literature and told her to read up and he would discuss what to do when my results came back but there are two types of preventative treatment, a topical one for the skin or a 6 monthly injection – I hope my mum does not choose the injection. I heard her telling my dad that prevention is way better than cure, I agree do not like the sound of being so poorly. Apparently us poor dogs can also get a few other ‘worms’  my mum has printed out a list of them with signs and symptoms from a  really good site she found online although I get preventative treatment for most of them from her friend the vet so I guess other than being a bit fat I am fairly healthy, will know for sure next week when we (sigh) go again.

Harness or Collar?

Collar or harness: which is kinder?
Photo credit: Funky Tee / Foter / CC BY-SA

 

My walks are going better.

I remember going for walks wearing a leather collar. Anytime I was distracted from my business, I could count on a quick yank to get me back on track. my neck got sore, and I felt like I was choking every time that happened. The one blessing was that I wasn’t wearing a choke chain. My friend, a Doberman, said that most pet parents don’t use choke chains correctly, but they eventually learn to snap the rings right at the base of the skull, as intended. In the meantime, walks are punctuated with wheezing and strangulation.

Last year, I got a new harness! Now, I  walk wearing my muzzle harness, instead of a collar. I can still smell the neighbors and I still get distracted, but my reminders are gentler as I can feel the slightest bit of pressure when I need to get back to business. No more being yanked out of my skin! While I enjoy the muzzle harness, I really want a snazzy body harness. A body harness will let me bark, a little, and licking my nose will be much easier.

The best thing about harnesses? There is no friction on my neck, so my bald spots filled in and I have an uninterrupted, shiny coat.

Would you switch your pet to a harness, or will you keep using the collar and leash?

My Vet Visit

Cocker spaniels using car harnesses

Well I am not too sure about my new friend, Vet! Mum took me to visit him last week. We went on a car ride and she told me I behaved very well. I stayed on the back seat where I was told too, although I can’t see why I can’t sit on her knee, there is a much better view from there.  Mum asked me to write on here does anyone have any experience with car harnesses? If so can they let her know which ones they would recommend, it seems she can’t find one she likes.  So went to visit her friend Vet; mum told me I would really like him and he would give me my injections.  I didn’t know what they were but they sounded really important. Well it was ok at first, lots of ladies came to pat me and tell me I was lovely, now who doesn’t like that. One lady even gave me a treat, well she gave it mum and she gave it to me – she told me it was special chocolate for doggies. Apparently the chocolate she eats could really harm me if I ate it so she hides it very high up so I can’t reach it.  I had just settled down for a snooze when I heard my name called and we went into another room, it sort of echoed in there and there was this big metal table which mum sat me on. A man came in and he and mum chatted and I heard ‘important she has injections’ I thought that might be like the treats in the other room. It wasn’t! Mum and the man talked really nice to me and then he held my neck and I felt a sharp prick. It hurt and I whimpered, mum stroked me and said I would be fine…huh I am not sure and then the vet gave me something yucky to eat but said it would make me feel so much better. Don’t know what worms are but maybe he should give it to them next time instead of me and then he put something sticky on the back of my neck. To top all of that he poked in my ears and looked at my teeth. Nope not impressed! Then as we were going out the door, and I was thinking ” great all over”  he said see you in 3 months for your chip!!. Oh no!!

Ear mites..UGH!

I don’t hate my mum but I do hate having my ears cleaned. When I first went to live with her she went on and on about my ears. I know they smelt a little and certainly itched but they had been like that for a long time. Would mum listen, NO.? Going on and on about ear mites. So came about my first trip to the vets. I really enjoyed the car ride, as we walk everywhere normally – mum said I had to lose weight. My time in the rescue I never walked anywhere the nice lady always put me in a push chair when we were going out. I have now lost 2 kilos; I am 6kilos now only another 500 grams to lose. Back to the vets he told mum that I didn’t have ear mites but really really dirty ears. He cleaned them a bit, made me cry. Then he gave mum some special cleaner – she found a more natural one from the internet and she cleaned my ears every 2 days – but she never made me cry. I still have problems with lots of wax but nothing like what it was; mum says the cleaner really helps keep the infections away.  I can hear better now as well, which is good because I can hear the bell on his collar when that pesky, err, I mean my friend Thomas tries to sneak up on me. Mum also had me chipped and I had some injections and blood tests. Not nice but important I was told so I would not get sick or make my friends sick. I now have my own passport so if mum ever decides to move back to the UK I can go with her. Mum says I have to write about my injections in the next post because they are very important.

American cocker spaniel showing off those gorgeous droopy ears that can be troubled with infections
This is me and my super clean ears!!