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Ticks on the increase....

Author: Sam Stevenson Published: 7th May 2013 15:38

Tick-ety-not-so-boo....

Well, the Skylarks are singing, the grass is high and walkies are even more fun, fun, fun, as I spend my mornings chasing furry things through the meadows...ah bliss...

mij the border terrier

Except that last week, I took on board a little passenger...

I hadn't even noticed, but as Hu-Mum was giving me the usual once-over after a particularly delightful bounce around the field one morning, she gave a hearty shriek and I knew at once that SOMETHING was UP!

The something in question was a TICK - euchhh, have you seen one?  Turned even my stomach, and I eat horse poo...o-tom tick twister

The little vampire had buried it's nasty little head in but hadn't yet started draining my life force, so Hu-Mum and I high-tailed it down to my personal physician to buy a nifty little device called a Tick Twister, which whips the blighters out without hurting the victim or leaving the mouth parts in. There's even a video to show you how! It's really important not to squeeze the nasty whilst getting it out, or use the old-fashioned methods of alcohol, or even burning it off - it makes the tick regurgitate its stomach contents (yucky), so spreading any diseases it might have. 

May seem a bit of a fuss about nothing, but ticks carry a nasty disease called Lyme's Disease which your Hu-Mum can get - imagine that!!!  It has all sorts of symptoms from tiredness, chills, fever and headaches to severe nervous system problems, so not fun at all. 

I shall be watching where I shove my head from now on...

TTFN

Mij

Read my blog at  View from the Mij !!

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Sam Stevenson
At 14:03 on 18th May 2010, Sam Stevenson responded:
Do take note - the ticks seem to be out in force this year, and Lyme's Disease is on the increase, so if you walk anywhere where there have been sheep or deer, check for any passengers!

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