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Summer time means...ticks!

The boys were on vacation in the country when we had to attend a wedding in California. However, when they came home, my little one had something on his fur next to his mouth. On closer inspection, it looked like blood. I was puzzled...he didn't appear to be hurt. I rubbed his fur...I saw what looked like a cherry pit caught in his fur. I tried pulling gently but it was stuck in. Of course, at this point, I'm wondering where the cherry pit came from. dawned on me...the "cherry pit" had legs. Oh no, I thought... don't tell me... it's a tick!!!

Sure enough it was. I am not familiar with ticks except the bits and pieces I've heard secondhand. I remembered someone once told me to burn it off with a lighter or match. Burn it? I couldn' was on my boy's face. How could I burn it and possibly hurt him?

Finally, after looking at where it was on his face, I decided to get their trimming scissors and try to trim the fur away from his face and, hopefully, take the tick out with the fur. Fortunately, it was not feeding on him. I think it had gorged itself and was taking a break...hence, the blood on his fur. I finally got it off, wrapped it up and threw it away. (trying not to throw up the entire time I'm doing this!)

However, I would not recommend the method I used. I was searching websites and found this one that seems to repeat what I've been reading:


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