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North Country SPCA 5/2/09

Spring is coming... and so are ticks! This week we would like to remind you that it is none too soon to have your pet treated to prevent attack by this unpleasant parasite. And here's a little information about ticks that you may not already know...

Ticks locate their prey by use of heat sensors. When a warm object passes by them, they attach to this object. The tick inserts its pincher-like mouthparts into the skin and begins feeding. These mouthparts are locked in place and will remain until the tick has completed the meal. The following method is recommended to remove a tick:

Use tweezers or a tick removal device and pull the tick off. Do not touch the tick since diseases can be transmitted. Consider wearing gloves when removing a tick. Grab the tick as close to the head as possible. Gently pull the tick out of the skin. Pieces of skin may come off with the tick. If the head of the tick remains in the skin, try to grab it and remove as much as possible. You may be unable to remove the entire head - your pet's immune system will try to dislodge the head and there will likely be no complications.

Ticks can carry serious diseases that affect both pets and humans. The best method of controlling disease transmission is through a combination of tick avoidance and using tick preventative medications. Consult your veterinarian for the most effective medications available. You can learn more about tick prevention at petplace.com, from which this information was obtained.

Our featured pet this week is Tink, a stunningly beautiful domestic longhair-mix with a tortoiseshell coat and a sweet smile. She is about 9 months old. Her owner's grandchildren are allergic to her and were unable to keep her. She is playful but she also loves to be petted and cuddled. She is an ideal cat for any home. You can visit her at the NCSPCA, or see her pictures online at www.ncspca.org.

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