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Do not immediately dispose of removed ticks from pets
If a pet has been stung by a tick, it should be saved after removal. This is what the association "Aktion Tier" has announced in a current announcement. Because after the bite the animal shows symptoms of illness, e.g. to indicate Lyme disease, an examination of the tick for relevant pathogens can provide important clues. The results enable the veterinarian to target the treatment.
The pests lurk in bushes and on the wayside
In spring, pets are particularly at risk of being bitten by a tick. Because dogs and cats are mostly out and about in the great outdoors and meet the little creepy crawlies that are looking for food again after the long winter. The ticks live on meadows, on the wayside, in the undergrowth or in bushes and cling to the fur of a dog or cat as soon as they graze along them. They then look for a suitable spot, stab the victim's skin and soak up blood.
Infections can be fatal
If the parasites are carriers of a disease, tick bites can be dangerous for dogs and cats. Because in this case, a prick can transmit life-threatening infectious diseases such as Lyme disease, anaplasmosis or babesiosis, especially for dogs. The longer the tick has time to suck blood, the greater the risk of infection. Accordingly, quick action is required: "If you discover a tick in yourself or your pet, it should be removed as soon as possible," advises Dr. Tina Hölscher from the "Aktion Tier" association.
How to draw a tick correctly
It is best to use tick pliers or tweezers to remove the bitten tick. Place the tool parallel to the skin, grasp the animal's head with it and pull it quickly and straight out of the skin of your four-legged friend. It is important that the tick is not squashed or injured in order to avoid increased pathogen emissions and inflammation. If your pet is restless, ask another person to hold the dog or cat before pulling.
Targeted treatment by examining the parasites
"In addition, I strongly advise you to keep the removed tick!" Continued the expert. If, after the tick bite, typical symptoms of a tick-borne illness appear in the pet, the veterinarian can have the tick examined specifically for the relevant pathogens. One example is the so-called wandering blush, which is a clear sign of Lyme disease.
"If you have the tick and can examine it, the gold is worth it," emphasizes the veterinarian. Because in this way the pet can be helped more quickly and more effectively in the event of infection: "No treatments need to be carried out into the blue, and you know exactly what you are dealing with or not". (No)