Ticks — Fact vs. Fiction
Here are the five biggest myths about ticks:
The best way to remove a tick is with a lit match, fingernail polish, or petroleum jelly.Fact — None of these methods cause the tick to "back out" and all of them may actually result in the tick depositing more disease-carrying saliva into the wound, increasing the risk of infection.
The best way to remove a tick is to grasp it as close to the skin as possible with tweezers and pull the tick's body out with a steady motion. Wear rubber gloves and clean the skin with soap and water after removal. Dispose of the tick by placing it in alcohol or flushing it down the toilet.
Lyme disease is the only illness that ticks can transmit to dogs and humans.Fact: — Lyme is the most widely known and common tick disease, but there are many others that ticks carry and can transmit to dogs and people. These include Rocky Mountain spotted fever, anaplasmosis (sometimes known as "dog fever"), ehrlichiosis and some emerging diseases with potentially devastating effects.
De-Skunking Your Pet
Skunk Deodorizing Formula
There are several commercial products available that do a great job (Skunk Off among them), but you can make a formula using simple, inexpensive ingredients you probably already have at home that does a wonderful job. The ingredients are:
- 1 quart 3% hydrogen peroxide
- 1/4 cup baking soda
- 1 teaspoon dishwashing liquid soap
- Mix ingredients well and use the solution to bathe your dog or cat. It works best if you don't use anything prior to this mixture.
- Lather pet well and then rinse thoroughly with tap water.
- After your pet dries, the smell should disappear.