I received this email about removing ticks about a month ago.
My son was outside playing today and when he went to take his shower, he had one on his noggin. We used this and it worked like a charm!
From the email:
Apply a glob of liquid soap to a cotton ball. Cover the tick with the soap-soaked cotton ball and swab it for a few seconds (15-20), the tick will come out on its own and be stuck to the cotton ball when you lift it away. This technique has worked every time I've used it (and that was frequently, and it's much less traumatic for the patient and easier for me. Unless someone is allergic to soap, I can't see that this would be damaging in any way.
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I will have to try that also. Well more accurately I will pass the info on to my DH and have him try it. I cannot express how much bugs skeeve me so I am never the one who removes the ticks, or kills the spiders, etc lol.
Actually, that's not a good way to remove a tick. Putting any kind of "irritant" on a tick could cause it to deposit more saliva into the bite. I just read this recently-I think it was in Whole Dog Journal. The safest way to remove a tick is the old-fashioned way. Use a tweezers, and grab it as close to your (or your dogs) skin as possible.
I don't have much tick experience, but I would rather have more tick saliva if that meant there was less chance of leaving the tick's head under the skin (the main risk when using tweezers). The last method I remember reading was slathering it with Vaseline. I can see how soap might be more readily available, easier to apply, and would require less effort in cleanup.
This isn't just a dog-related topic. Why was it moved?
There is a greater chance of getting a disease from a tick than there is of not removing the head, and that would come from saliva. Lyme disease is forever, and can be devastating (not to mention several other tick-borne diseases)
I use something called Tick Off. to the best of my knowledge, it is the only FDA approved way of removing ticks, and works great. It freezes them, and makes them easy to pull off. It is a bit pricy if you need to use it alot, but I am lucky, and don't have to many issues with ticks. It is non-toxic, but if not used properly can cause frostbite. Safe for animals, childern, and people.
In the long run, it saves me from dealing with gunk, and worring about missing the head.