Can anyone describe what the aftermath of a tick bite looks like? Oliver had a tick on the inside of his back leg which I discovered as I heaved him out the back of my car (see the separate discussion on OES not jumping out of SUVs, thank you!) The tick was a bit engorged and I was able to remove it with a gentle anti-clockwise movement using tick tweezers. I am sure that the entire tick came out as it was alive and wiggling all its nasty little legs and jaws. The site of the bite is not really red, just a little pink speckled, and there is a small lump. It looks much the same today as it did four days ago when I removed it, but a bit more faded. Does this sound about right? Oliver is absolutely his normal self: appetite is normal and full of life. He is not licking the tick bite at all, although that may be because he is too busy licking his private bits at every opportunity ....
Any experiences would be very welcome! Just wondered about the lump ...
Best wishes to all,
|tick bumps take forever to go down. Be patient. Of course keep watching it and it if becomes red and such, contact a vet. I've become a bit too blasse about them, "Oh, yeah you had a tick there a while back...."
Worse is, "Oh, you had a tick there...." as I wonder where it went!!!
|My pupster gets them nonstop in Mar, Apr, Mayish. Now nothing. Anyway, yeah he gets some serious raised pink bumps if it's in a tender area like around his eye or on his nose. I use advantage - the good stuff, it has no effect whatsoever. Anyway I do what you did - take it out gently without squishing it and the bump and pinkness takes longer than you'd expect to go away. So sounds very similar. They (the slight bump or pink area) never itch either or seem to bug him. Just heals right up after tick is gone. I think the tick injects some kind of anesthetic when he/she bites, otherwise, he'd never get a chance to latch on in the first place if a giant paw was there to itch during the latch-on or after for feeding.
Yeah I wonder that too - if one was engorged - actually fed and fell off without my notice, where DO they go. Thank god we have wood floors throughout. They give me the heebie jeebies.
Your statement , "Oliver is absolutely his normal self: appetite is normal and full of life", is very important. Often, dogs do not get the
bullseye rash after a tick bite so Lyme disease can still be a concern.
We had Bogart shaved down for summer in May.A few days later,
we found a tick on his the back right fore leg which we removed.
He had slight redness there, and no bullseye rash.
He is on year round Frontline as we are in a high risk for Lyme disease
Last week on Thursday he appeared quiet and fatiqued. Friday, same
symptoms but eating ok and drinking ok.
We moved up our appt for a physical from Thursday to Monday luckily.
Suddenly, he was having a problem with his Right rear leg on Sunday.
He had trouble walking and placing it down.
My parents helped me get him to the appt Monday, but he was
able to walk under his own power.
The Vet exam yielded a strong positive for Lyme disease and
he is now on an antibiotic.
So please continue to watch and monitor his behavior for a while,
if there is an infection it may not present for a while.
Bogart is feeling a little better, we are grateful to our Vet for
the rapid response to our concern. What a scare!
He is a happy sweet sheepie are we are so sad he is going
One lesson learned, don't entirely trust the Frontline. Sometimes
we are just outnumbered by the ticks.
If you have any questions, please pm me.
PS-I had a nasty tick bite too last month, so I am getting tested.
Good grief, hope we both are not in sick bay!
|YIPES! I'm glad we don't have Lyme Disease here. We do have a lot of mosquito diseases, but so far our ticks are dog ticks, not deer ticks.
I've found several dead ticks attached to the dogs, I'm assuming Frontline did them in. Frontline or any pesticide, isn't 100% perfect.
|Zahra I used to live inthe number one lyme tick location in NY - I moved across the river and percapita the lyme cases are as prevelant. here they treat first, trust the tests later.
I am one of the few people I know who haven't been treated for Lyme. When hubby was being treated it wasn't too bad. when a friend was being treated it had progressed further and it was a little more complicated. just catch it early!!!!
|That's great advice, thanks to all of you who were kind enough to post a response. Best wishes from The Hague, Netherlands.|
|For humans the standard protocol has been a single 200MG dose of Doxycycline as a prophylactic immediately after a tick removal.
...then watch the site for any signs of a rash.
Found this on an International site about Lyme Disease
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