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    Re: Ticks

    Indeed, we're already pulling a bunch off Gracie after every trek in the woods right now.  This is the season I lament having a black dog.
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    Re: Ticks

    March 26, 2012

    Ticks warming up early

    Sun-loving humans aren't the only species basking in the unseasonably warm March weather.

    Local health officials say the high temperatures are allowing ticks and mosquitoes, which are usually kept in check at this time of year by freezing weather, to activate much earlier than usual.

    The combination of more ticks and more people outdoors has led to some early cases of tick-related diseases and is prompting health officials to urge precautions.

    "We're anticipating a bad season for tick-related illnesses this year," said Dr. Lucas Wolf, an infectious disease specialist at Beverly Hospital.

    Wolf said doctors at Beverly Hospital and Addison Gilbert Hospital in Gloucester have seen "a handful" of Lyme disease cases this month. That might not sound like a lot, but as Wolf noted, "The number usually is zero at this time of year."

    Wolf said tick-related illnesses don't usually arise until May.

    Health officials in Gloucester are posting caution signs to warn people about ticks. At the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary in Topsfield, staffers are constantly advising visitors to stay on the trails and check for ticks on their skin, sanctuary director Carol Decker said.

    "People always, always need to be tick-aware," Decker said. "You just have to be super, super cautious."

    In addition to the warm weather, Wolf said ticks are aided by an increase in animals that allow the ticks to thrive, such as deer and white-footed mice. The white-footed mouse, the main carrier of Lyme disease-causing bacteria, tends to thrive in habitats that have been fragmented by suburban developments.

    Wolf said local health officials have already seen a couple of cases of two other infections, anaplasmosis and babesiosis, that are transmitted by the same tick that causes Lyme disease. Those infections cause more severe symptoms than Lyme, including high fever and tremendous muscle pains and headaches.

    "We've seen those diseases increasing quite markedly over the last five years," Wolf said.

    Wolf is also expecting an increase of mosquito-related infections.

    Wolf said it is not enough for people to search for ticks on their bodies, because the bugs are so small. Before heading outdoors, he said, people should "douse" themselves with a DEET-based repellent.

    Decker said people should wear long-sleeved shirts, tuck their pants into their socks and wear light clothing so that ticks can be spotted.

    Once home, Wolfe advised people to bang their shoes together to shake off any ticks, put all of their clothing right into the laundry and take a shower.

    "Scrub yourself off because ticks take awhile before they become embedded and can be rinsed off just after they've alighted on your skin," he said.

    Wolf said any flu-like illness or rash during the warmer months should be considered as a possible indication of Lyme disease. The rash does not have to be in the form of a bull's-eye to be Lyme, he said.

    Lyme is "highly curable" in its early stages with three to four weeks of antibiotic treatment, Wolf said.

    Decker said the increase in awareness of Lyme disease over the years has changed what is accepted behavior in the woods, especially for children. Lying on the ground or exploring off-trail are no longer recommended, she said.

    But as long as people are aware of the problem and know what precautions to take, their enjoyment of nature should not be compromised.

    "You adapt," she said.

    Staff writer Paul Leighton can be reached at 978-338-2675 or by email at pleighton@salemnews.com.


    Use DEET-based insect repellent.

    Wear a long-sleeved shirt.

    Tucks pants into socks.

    Put clothes directly into laundry after being outdoors.

    Bang shoes together to shake off possible ticks.

    Take a shower.

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    Re: Ticks

    Removing a tick from your cat or dog is easy if you just follow these simple steps. To remove an attached tick, use a pair of fine-tipped tweezers or special tick removal instruments. These special devices allow one to remove the tick without squeezing the tick body. This is important as you do not want to crush the tick and force harmful bacteria to leave the tick and enter your pet's bloodstream.
    1. Grab the tick by the head or mouth parts right where they enter the skin. Do not grasp the tick by the body.

    2. Without jerking, pull firmly and steadily directly outward. Do not twist the tick as you are pulling.

    3. Using methods such as applying petroleum jelly, a hot match, or alcohol will NOT cause the tick to 'back out.' In fact, these irritants may cause the tick to deposit more disease-carrying saliva in the wound.

    4. After removing the tick, place it in a jar of alcohol to kill it. Ticks are NOT killed by flushing them down the toilet.

    5. Clean the bite wound with a disinfectant. If you want to, apply a small amount of a triple antibiotic ointment.

    6. Wash your hands thoroughly.

    Please do not use your fingers to remove or dispose of the tick. We do not want you in contact with a potentially disease-carrying tick. Do NOT squash the tick with your fingers. The contents of the tick can transmit disease.

    How to Remove a Tick Once an embedded tick is manually removed, it is not uncommon for a welt and skin reaction to occur. A little hydrocortisone spray will help alleviate the irritation, but it may take a week or more for healing to take place. In some cases, the tick bite may permanently scar leaving a hairless area. This skin irritation is due to a reaction to tick saliva. Do not be worried about the tick head staying in; it rarely happens.

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    Bug Gone, works against Ticks, Black flies, Gnats, Mosquitoes, Stable flies and more

    I picked up a 32 oz bottle of Bug Gone spray a couple of weeks ago from Especially For Pets, it was marked down 1/2 price.

    I have been using it on my dogs and I have even tried it on myself!  So far I am pleased with the results.

    I decided to try this natural alternative cause one of my dogs gets pruritis when the flea/tick drops or collars are applied.  Probably from the permethrins.

    (I still do heartworm testing and prevention pills.)

    I also learned by going to their website that it is less expensive to buy the product directly from them.