Tick season has arrived. This year, Spring was warm and ticks are here earlier than usual. So how do you keep your pets from being needlessly miserable and, of course, making you suffer as well – olive oil.
Ticks are more dangerous now than they used to be. Decades ago Lyme Disease was rare and limited to a few types of tick, but not so today. Around the world there are several types of tick that carry the disease. Yes, Lyme Disease is global and both pets and people are at risk.
A great solution to keeping the ticks from attaching in the first place is olive oil. If your pet spends time outdoors it is a good precautionary measure to rub him or her down with olive oil after a bath. The oil is not only great for your pet’s coat but keeps ticks from attaching to your pet’s skin.
If you aren’t lucky enough to keep a tick from attaching to your pet, don’t use the “tick burning” method of removal. The idea of tick burning is to get the tick to release it’s grasp, leaving it’s host unharmed, but this is no longer a recommended method. Why? Because it is dangerous, and for two main reasons: You might burn your pet’s skin; and if the tick is infected with Lyme Disease, the act of burning the tick makes it reflexively vomit into the pet, causing infection. Neither method is a good option.
When removing a tick, don’t take any chances. Once you’ve located the tick, gently pour a bit of olive oil around the tick, not so much that you make it vomit, but just enough that it realizes it’s oxygen supply is getting cut off. Ticks need to breathe too. Place a tweezers under the tick and gently lift up. The lubrication from the olive oil helps completely detach the tick, and that should do the trick.
May the sun shine through your branches.