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Lyme Disease Prevention: How to Remove a Tick
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Lyme Disease Prevention: How to Remove a Tick


(Welcome to our weekly pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

Lyme disease is an emerging infectious disease in the United States and Canada, and the risk is increasing. Those engaging in outdoor activities like golfing, camping, hunting, fishing, hiking, property maintenance and outdoor workers such as park officers and surveyors should be on the lookout for black-legged ticks. They could be carrying the bacterium that causes Lyme disease. Pet owners also need to be aware of these pesky critters.

If you find an attached tick on your skin or on your pet, carefully remove it with clean tweezers. Removing the tick within 24 to 36 hours usually prevents the risk of infection.Grasp the tick's head as close to the skin as possible and pull slowly straight out until the tick is removed. Do not twist or rotate the tick and try not to squash or crush it during removal.

After removing the attached tick, wash the bite area with soap and water or disinfect it with alcohol or hand sanitizer. If mouthparts break off and remain in the skin, remove them with tweezers or, if you are unable to remove them easily, leave them alone and let the skin heal. If possible, note the day of the tick bite. 

Contact a doctor or veterinarian immediately if you or your pet develop symptoms of Lyme disease. Early treatment of Lyme disease is key.

For additional information on Lyme disease, visit www.Canada.ca/health.

— News Canada

(For more information on pets and animal adoption, please visit www.petconnectionprogramsinc.com. Or, visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/PetConnectionProgramsinc. Located in Marilla, N.Y., Pet Connection Programs Inc. is a nonprofit maternity and special care shelter founded in 1984.)


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