Ok, it's not too bad, but it worried me anyway. Lady is starting to feel more at home and I decided to clean her ears. I could tell they were dirty. Well I did and while I was doing this I discovered she had a small tick on the outside of her ear. YUCK! We don't have ticks. Well, it was really small, so I pulled it off. As you may know, greyhounds have thin skin and are succeptable (sp) to bleeding. Well, this little bitty spot started gushing blood. It has pretty much quit now, I wiped it with cotton balls. Is there something I can put there to be safe, like that stuff I have for if you cut their nails too short, or should I just leave it alone. I checked all the rest of her body and there are no other ticks. Did I do the wrong thing by pulling it off?
I have a little jar of some stuff around here somewhere, but I've never had to use it, do you think I should put some on her ear or just leave it? I bought it at a petstore for when you cut the nails too short and it bleeds.
You know if you rub a bar of soap on a bleeding nail it will stop the bleeding. Not sure how it works but it works. My sister inlaw grooms dogs and if she is out of stop bleed she will use that if a nail get cut too short.
Pulling the tick off can be bad if you didn't get all of it. It will regrow a body to it's head and the head is what is "stuck" in the skin. A q-tip with alcohol or blown out match (touch the tick with the hot tip) will make them back out then you can remove it. Grew up around them...they gross me out. Especially on a dog when gone unseen for awhile and they are blown up full of blood.....yuck!@!
I live in Michigan and the deer ticks are bad here so we use 7dust which is not harmfull to the dogs but it kills ticks and fleas as well. you can get it just about anywhere. Better to be safe because ticks carry lime disease which can be deadly so we keep it on hand.
Ok, it's not bleeding anymore. Guess I panicked. I will remember about the ticks next time. I guess I need to keep an eye out and see if the tick grows back? They can really do that? GROSS! Thanks for the help everyone.
Sorry I didn't help with the bleeding question did I? Oh well, some useful advice though. Lol. We use to put them in an ashtray and burn them so we knew they were really dead. If I remember right I think they pop! lol I know...warped. I hated sitting down everynight for the routine head checks!! Feared one of those creepy things was on my head! And sometimes they were! I don't get creeped out easily but those do it!!
You have NEVER seen a tick. Lucky you. There are several types. This one is small and flat and kind of like a spider and it's back is hard. And yes it popped when I dropped it in the ashtray and stabbed it with my scissors!
ticks will not "regrow" a body if you leave the head under the skin. the head can though cause infections and other complications. One of the best things on the market to promote healing and it does help to stop bleeding is EMT Gel. It is a bit expensive but it is incredible stuff. I use it on me and the dogs on a fairly regular basis for just about any cut/scab whatever. it is always best though just to use a clean guaze pad and direct pressure to slow or stop bleeding prior to putting anything on it. it makes things work so much better and if the bleeding is bad enough, stuff that you put on it will just wash away.
Some tick's carry Lyme, the deer tick most often. I live in Connecticut where ticks are found all the time. My hubby just took one off our dobie Gracie about 4 days ago. Ticks do not and can not grow back their bodies. What happens there is it get embeded under the skin which gets infected. Lyme got its name from a small town here in Connecticut where it was founded. We have to check everytime we are out in the woods, or even just the yard. We lost our other 2 year old dobie Gwenna two years ago now to Lyme, she was bit by a tick and she lost her battle with in about 3 weeks later. Here in Connecticut we should but not all do have your dogs given a Lyme shot. I do. The vet can take blood to test for Lyme. Its an awlfull way for a dog to die.
That is what was told us as kids. The head regrowing a body. I don't care...they are gross. I am pretty sure though the head can dig down further right? Trying to refresh my memory on all this. This was almost 25-30 years ago since I have had to deal with them. Edit...I just remember for some reason it was extremely important to get the head out. lol Again...they are gross...did I mention that??? Sorry lol