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How to remove a tick from a cat

How to remove a tick from a cat

How to remove a tick from a cat

Q: I have a cat named Moxie. I rescued her from a shelter in Texas. She has a tick bite. I can't find the tick. We live in a rural area in Pennsylvania. If the dog's do not like to play with her I can't run her through the sprinklers. Please help.

A: Try spraying the tick area with a strong anti-tick solution (such as one-fourth of a capful of benzoyl peroxide or 10 percent hydrogen peroxide diluted in 50 percent isopropyl alcohol) for one to two minutes, as soon as you notice the tick, after you have carefully removed it. Follow up with a shower and towel drying.

Ticks, which are tiny parasites, often carry diseases that can be transmitted to cats and dogs. A tick can be difficult to see on a dog and a cat, so it is important to keep pets away from bushes, especially in and near tall grasses or places where they can jump and climb.

Ticks rarely jump off the body. It is almost impossible for a pet to get a tick on its head. Most ticks attached to the dog or cat will fall off when the pet begins to move, or when it chews at its paw or ear. Be sure to check pet's collar area and paws after grooming.

If you notice an insect bite on your pet, it is important to prevent the insect from getting infected. Always call your veterinarian. You can check the tick with a microscope, or gently use a pin to push the tick into a glass vial containing rubbing alcohol.

Ticks are best removed immediately after they have been attached, because it is impossible to remove a tick that is already embedded. A pet can be tested for diseases that it might be carrying using a commercially available blood test, or you can test the tick for infection by using a microscope and a needle to aspirate some of the tick's blood. Ticks that are attached to a pet are typically identified as either an adult female, or a nymph.

It is not important to remove all the blood of an adult female tick. Most of the time, the tick will regurgitate all its blood. If a tick is carrying an illness that causes a fever, pet's temperature might rise a couple of degrees in an hour. In this situation, you may not have time to remove the tick. Even though most of the tick's blood might be regurgitated, the tick may still be carrying infection.

Some veterinarians feel that nymphs should be removed from your pet's skin because they may have already attached and are feeding. Removal of a nymph is easier than that of an adult female tick.

A very important part of preventing tick-borne illnesses is treating your pets for ectoparasites. Most veterinarians who treat pets do so using spot-on solutions that control fleas, ticks and other parasites. These spot-ons should be applied every two weeks, even though ticks can live for many months. You can also bathe your pet to help control ectoparasites.

**_POISONOUS_**

**TICKS**

**_Aphids_**

Many species of _Aphids_ , the insect family that includes aphids, can produce a toxin that causes poisoning in livestock and dogs. Human food can be damaged by these insect.

**_Crotalus_**

A sub-family of snakes that includes rattlesnakes, this group of poisonous snakes may cause a very toxic poisoning in dogs and cats.

**_Maddening_**

One of the symptoms of mad-dog poisoning is the inability to open the mouth.

**_Mallodistylus_**

The poison in the redback spider (Australia) produces symptoms like those of poison oak, but the toxin is much more severe and is responsible for the black spots seen on dogs.

**_Lonomia_**

A genus of dangerous tropical butterflies known for their poisonous sting, they produce a toxin that produces symptoms similar to those of stings from fire ants, bees and jellyfish.

**_Pimples_**

Pimples are most commonly caused by an over-abundance of bacteria (in some cases) or by heat. When the pustule ruptures and oozes a clear or reddish fluid, a red rash or swelling, and irritation around the pustule, the condition is called 'sore mouth'.

**_Phalaris_**

A genus of grasshoppers, the toxic effects are not well-known but it is likely that they do produce a toxin.

**_Phasmas_**

A genus of spiders that produce a poison from an enzyme in their venom glands, which are under their fangs. Many species have evolved a neurotoxin.

**_Scorpions_**

Scorpions have two sets of venom glands, one near their mouth and the other near the tip of their tail. Their venom is stored in a hollow tubular structure inside their abdomen and released when the animal is threatened or disturbed.

**_Scombroid_**

This poisonous class of shellfish produces a potent toxin that can cause food poisoning and possibly death in humans. Shellfish poisoning can also result in rashes or muscle aches.

**_Sea nettle_**

A class of jellyfish. The tentacles contain a neurotoxin that affects the nerves and can cause death.

**_Stinging nettles_**

A genus of plants with many common species in Australia. Many stinging nettles have hollow stems that contain neurotoxin.

**_Weed_**

A plant with poisonous properties. A variety of weed plants such as thistle and purslane can contain dangerous amounts of toxin.

**_Worms_**

All worms have a central nerve ganglion in the middle of their body. One type of worm, the nematode worm, has a very thick layer of cells called a sheath over the nerve ganglion. If the sheath is punctured, the nematode may release a neurotoxin, which then enters the blood stream.

# **The Toxicology of Animals**

**_Eel_**

It is now clear that the eel secretes a substance in its skin that is a potent neurotoxin. This toxin causes muscle paralysis and death in mammals.

**_Goldfish_**

A highly toxic species of fish that secretes a neurotoxin. The toxin appears to be part of the skin secretion of the fish.

**_Lizard_**

A deadly poison that can kill. Various species of lizard from Australia are now known to contain high concentrations of lethal toxin.

**_Salmon_**

In recent years, salmon poisoning has become a significant problem for aquarists. The flesh of this fish contains high concentrations of tetrodotoxin.

**_Snake_**

In Australia, most snake venoms consist of a mixture of neurotoxins that are capable of producing neurological damage in mammals. In addition to the danger of contact with the snake, there is also the danger of breathing in the toxin from the venom of the snake.

**_Tiger_**

The tiger is one of the most dangerous and feared wild cats. The lethal toxin of the tiger can cause severe neurological damage in humans and


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