Do You Have a Remedy for Tick Removal on Pets?

@RenaeT (688)
United States
April 1, 2007 10:40pm CST
I know this is not a quality, meaningful discussion topic, but I have a freind who desperately needs advice on how to get ticks off her dog. They live in the boonies and her dogs seem to be immune to Frontline or Revolution. She says the ticks still get on the dogs, but they die on them, which leaves her with the task of removing the dead tick. She has one dog who is not very fond of this activity! He almost bit her tonight when she was trying to take the dead ticks off of him. Does anyone have suggestions for what you do or know someone else and what they have done? Thanks for your advice.
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@jan135 (537)
• Australia
2 Apr 07
Now I don't really know if this is true or someone was pulling my leg when they told me this about getting rid of ticks. Put vaseline (petroleum jelly) on the tick and as ticks breath from there backside (so I am told) the tick will not be able to breath and will fall off your pet. It does make sense, if ticks are burrowed into the skin of an animal head first how do they breath??? Well there is no harm in trying as this is not going to harm your pet and it's a cheap treatment. I have not tried it as my pets have not had ticks.
@RenaeT (688)
• United States
2 Apr 07
It Makes sense to me!!
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@mamasan34 (6521)
• United States
2 Apr 07
Hon, this is a quality discussion, because I was going to ask this very question! We just moved to an area that is much more wooded than where we used to live and I am afraid of ticks getting on my dog. He is very hairy and doesn't like to be combed and picked and plucked at too much, so I was wondering the same thing. Thanks for asking this question!
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@RenaeT (688)
• United States
2 Apr 07
Hi Mamasan! It must be a quality discussion because I've had the most responses than any conversation I've ever started! I have sent all the responses on to my friend. I hope out of all the people who have replied, she gets some help!
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@limosonia1 (1559)
• United States
2 Apr 07
If the dog likes to be brushed I would get a fine tooth comb and use it on the areas where the ticks are. My lab gets the same way. He goes crazy if you try to get a tick out of his ear. I usually use cooking oil and a small comb it seems to work and the ticks come out completely. We also live in the woods. Make sure that they dogs have also gotten there lime desease shots so that they don't get sick.
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@RenaeT (688)
• United States
2 Apr 07
I sent this to her and she said that the ticks are on the dogs belly area where she has no hair. Mmmm....Gee. she sure has a dilemma! Thanks for the suggestion!
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@mickidmw (992)
• United States
2 Apr 07
Yep... The old fashioned Flint(?) Lighter fluid. The kind for zippo wick lighters. WORKS GREAT!!! They hate that stuff. We were raised on 100 acres and had LOTS of ticks! Dad would just poor lighter fluid on them and they usually backed out pretty darn quick!
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• United States
24 Apr 07
It's actually a very meaningful and helpful discussion. I used to take a match, strike it, and blow it out, then touch the end that was lit to the tick. The sulfer in the match will cause the tick to back out. You have to try to get it as close to the ticks head as possible, without getting the dog. Hope this helps.
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• United States
3 Apr 07
When we first got my puppy, she had at least 3x a tick on her ALIVE. We dont have them by the other house (dont know about this one). We assumned she got them from where she was bred and lived before we got her. Anyways. We removed them with a twizers they are NASTY. I mean GROSS beyond all means! And then I cant recall how you kill them. The dog should be taking some of that med's that keeps fleas & ticks off. Heartline maybe?? Anyways there is one not advantage (what we use on the pets) which is for fleas AND ticks. Good luck, ick to the thought. They are REALLY REALLY GROSS!!!
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@RenaeT (688)
• United States
3 Apr 07
Yes, they are icky! YUKKKKK!
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@wachit14 (3600)
• United States
2 Apr 07
I think prevention is best so using a flea and tick medication on a regular basis is a very good thing. However, there are natural products that are very good. One is made with teatree oil and is easy to apply as it comes in powder form. There are also special combs that can be purchased that are made just to remove fleas and ticks.
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@RenaeT (688)
• United States
2 Apr 07
I bought this organic stuff from Engles and OH MY GOD, I wrote the company and asked for my money back! I couldn't stand to be in the same room with my cat because of the smell! It didn't have tea tree oil, but it had all kinds of other oils! it was hideous!
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@DRenee (21)
• United States
2 Apr 07
You can take a regular sewing needle and then light a candle. Hold the tip of the needle in the fire of the candle. When the needle gets extremely hot, touch it to the tick, careful and don't touch the dog. The tick will let go and will usually let fall of by itself.
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@RenaeT (688)
• United States
2 Apr 07
Thanks! I will send this to my friend. I appreciate all these helpers! It's been really interesting to read the responses. Thanks again.
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• United States
2 Apr 07
dont know how true this is but ive been told if you put vaseline or something thick like that on the tick it will not be able to breath and will turn loose of the animal .like i said I dont know how true this is but it sounds logical to me it is worth a try
@RenaeT (688)
• United States
2 Apr 07
Somebody already told me that remedy. But, thanks!!
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@dlkuku (1936)
• United States
2 Apr 07
In Pennsylvania, we had a major problem with ticks on our dogs. We bought a nifty tool from the vet specifically made for tick removal, it gets the whole tick out, and only cost a few dollars. I don't use Frontline, I don't think it works all that well, I use a a flea and tick dip which works well.
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@wenfri (1188)
• Canada
24 Apr 07
Myth #1 Smother the tick in vaseline, mineral oil,nail polish or remover. This does nothing but upset the tick.Upset ticks tend to regurgitate blood and whatever toxins they are carrying right to the body Myth #2 Hold a match to it Does absolutely nothing cept burn your dog or you Use tweezers or at least a paper towel. Grab beneath body as close to the skin as possible Pull up with slow steady pressure intil it releases it's grip It may take a minute or two If you pull too hard and fast you will leave the head intact. Then that means a trip to the vet due to the infection it will cause Tell her to get a tick removing tool Wendy
@RenaeT (688)
• United States
24 Apr 07
I think she must have found a remedy, she stopped telling me about all the ticks. Either that, or she got tired of me sending her all of the responses from MyLOT!!!
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