Spring Season is Tick Season ... despite our best efforts, we may eventually find a tick on one of our furry family members. What is the safest way to remove these nasty pests? The task is actually fairly easy; all you will need is a pair of fine-tipped tweezers or special tick removal instruments, which allows one to remove the tick without squeezing the tick body. It's important not to crush the tick because doing so can 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, not by the tick's body.
2. Pull firmly and steadily directly outward. Do not twist the tick as you are pulling. (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).
3. After removing the tick, place it in a jar of alcohol to kill it. Ticks are NOT killed by flushing them down the toilet.
4. Clean the bite wound with a disinfectant.
5. Wash your hands thoroughly. Should any skin irritation occur, you can use hydrocortisone spray to alleviate the itching. If any complications develop, please be sure to see your veterinarian for follow-up.
Our featured pet this week is Hooter, a domestic shorthair-mix, Tabby cat with enormous eyes. Those eyes reminded one of the shelter staff of a hoot owl, which earned him his moniker. Hooter is a gentle giant who longs for attention and cuddles from a family he can call his own. He is the perfect cure to loneliness and will never take you for granted. If you are seeking a feline friend who will give back as much love as he receives, Hooter may be the cat for you.