The American deer tick, the pesky little bugger who carries Lyme disease. They love to hang out in woods, tall grass, and leaves. With rising global temperatures they are around more of the year and are becoming a bigger problem. These days its not unusual to get ticks walking in a city park, but the biggest risk comes from walking in the woods. So while walking through the woods of Norther New Jersey it is no surprise that we ran into plenty of them.
The dogs where covered, and I mean covered, with ticks. I have hard that ticks are becoming immune to Frontline and after today's experience I am definitely agree When we got home we spent at least an hour taking ticks of the dogs, thankfully none where engorged, so perhaps the Frontline is doing something.
Here is the best method for removing Ticks:
Removing Ticks that are Not Engorged:
1) Fill a jar with a lid with rubbing alcohol.
2) Comb the dog and check carefully for any ticks that are walking around the body. Pick them off and immediately put them in the jar. You can not crush a tick and kill it, you must drown it in the jar. Seal the lid on the jar tightly to prevent escape.
3) Make sure to check yourself as well, if there are lots of ticks on your dog there are probably ticks on you.
Removing Ticks that are Engorged
1) At this point you need a tick key.
2) The tick will usually look like a shiny lump or skin tag.
Here is the You Tube video showing how to remove the tick
Below is a map of the areas in the US most heavily effected by Lyme disease (though it says human risk, where there is risk to human their is risk to dogs, and actually more risk since dogs are lower to the ground, have hair, and love running through grass, leaves, and bushes.