We all worry about ticks when we take our dogs for a walk, but for one Kennewick, WA. man and his dog Roxie, the worry turned into a nightmare. On April 22, 2014, The Seattle Times reported that the man found well over 100 ticks on himself and his miniature schnauzer. What should have been a leisurely Easter afternoon, turned into a long night for Arnold Porter and his dog.
Porter states that after he returned home from walking the trails around Bateman Island, he found several ticks crawling on him. Even though his dog gets regularly treated for fleas and ticks he checked her as well. The poor dog was infested with ticks so he raced to the store to buy shampoo for her.
Roxie got a bath at nearly midnight and Porter stated that there were more than 100 ticks left in the shower after her shampooing. He tracked a few more down that were still on her. It will be a long time, according to Porter, before he takes his dog for a walk on Bateman Island near the Columbia River.
It’s important to check your dog for ticks, even if you use a topical medication to repel them. Comb your dog’s hair thoroughly when returning from a walk, especially if you have been in the woods or tall, grassy areas. Once the dog has been combed, check places like under the armpits, inside the ears or around the tail area.
A tick will run through the dog’s fur for a while before it settles on a good spot to bite and it’s important to remove the tick before it bites and begins to suck blood. You can remove the tick with a pair of tweezers if it hasn’t bitten yet. If it is attached, be careful to pull the head out too.
A cotton ball soaked in liquid soap and laid over the tick will cause it to pull its head out of the dog’s skin and then you can just pinch the cotton ball shut. If the dog has been bitten by the tick, be sure to disinfect the area and keep an eye on it for any rashes or infections.
Don’t let ticks and fleas stop you from taking your dogs on walks. Just be aware of your surrounding and be sure to check you and your dog over thoroughly when you get home. Contact your local health department if you find a large amount of ticks on either of you. They may want to check them for Lyme and other tick borne illnesses.