Monday, September 21, 2015

Free Tick Removal Kit

Image: Free Tick Removal Kit
I just found a wonderful addition to our free Swag bags that I give out to all my PupVacy clients!

Have you ever worried about finding ticks on your pets? Have you ever had to rush your pet to the vet and pay to have it removed?

While I was attending a local Pet First Aid course, they showed us this wonderful little tick removal tool, and I knew this was something I wanted to give away to my clients!

How do I remove a tick?
Your main aims are to remove the tick promptly, to remove all parts of the tick’s body and to prevent it releasing additional saliva or regurgitating its stomach contents into your bite wound.

 • DO start by cleansing the tweezers/tool with antiseptic. After tick removal, cleanse the bite site and the tool with antiseptic.
 • DO wash your hands thoroughly afterwards.
 • DO save the tick in a container in case a doctor asks for evidence that you or your pet have been bitten (label it with date and location).
 • DO NOT squeeze the body of the tick, as this may cause the head and body to separate, leaving the head embedded in your skin.
 • DO NOT use your fingernails to remove a tick. Infection can enter via any breaks in your skin, e.g. close to the fingernail.
 • DO NOT crush the tick’s body, as this may cause it to regurgitate its infected stomach contents into the bite wound.
 • DO NOT try to burn the tick off, apply petroleum jelly, nail polish or any other chemical. Any of these methods can cause discomfort to the tick, resulting in regurgitation, or saliva release.

Disposing of the tick:
 • Be aware that engorged ticks will contain potentially infected blood, which may splatter when crushed.
 • DO NOT crush the tick with your fingers and do not allow the crushed tick or the blood it carried to contact your skin.

Click to read more about tick removal for you or your pets


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