It’s every pet owner’s worst nightmare which usually starts out innocently enough. Your pet snuggles up to you, and you notice a small, brownish bump in their fur. Upon further examination, the bug is actually a tick.
In a single moment, a relaxing day at home turns into a stressful, frightening situation. Questions immediately come to mind. What kind of tick is it? How long has the tick been feeding? Is it disease ridden? Should I call the vet about tick-borne diseases? And, the most stressful question of all…how do I remove the tick safely and quickly?
Before we address these items, let’s answer that final question, first. The revolutionary, self-energizing (no batteries – always ready) TickZapper® is the only tool that removes an entire tick (including mouthparts), quickly, easily, and safely…with no risk of human contact.
Addressing ticks requires some due diligence, including knowledge of what ticks are native to your area, where ticks prefer to attach on your pet’s body, and most importantly, how to conduct proper, thorough tick checks after every outdoor adventure. Learn more here.
Immediate and safe removal of a tick is vital to keeping tick-borne disease transmission at bay. You typically have between twenty-four and thirty-six hours to remove a tick before disease transmission occurs. Although not all ticks carry harmful pathogens that lead to conditions such as Lyme disease, they may carry one of several other tick-borne diseases. This is why timely removal is key. With TickZapper® you simply press a lever to securely contain the tick, then release. Press a button to gently stun the tick, prompting it to release, twist, pull. You’ve done it! You’ve removed an entire tick – in seconds – with no human contact!
Creepy, Crawly, and (Unfortunately) Consistently Effective: The Tick Feeding Process
Ticks are highly adaptive parasites. After all, they’ve been bloodsuckers for well over 120 million years. Even with some evolutionary twists and turns over millions of years, the basic feeding process for ticks has remained fairly consistent. “Questing” ticks usually wait in areas with high grasses, leaf litter, and moist, dark areas. They love the brushy edges of walking and hiking paths! You may also find them on a forest floor, shrubs, bushes, and lawns. Once they sense things such as heat, vibration, carbon dioxide from passing hosts, including your pets, they crawl close enough to attach themselves to the host, then crawl upward. When they’re attached to an animal, ticks usually look for the warmest, quietest spot. This sixth sense of sorts (more like a “sick” sense, in our opinion) enables ticks to find an ideal place to start feeding on your pet’s blood. And once they start feeding, ticks can stay attached anywhere from a few hours to days on end.
This simple yet effective process is remarkably primitive in some ways – yet, also technically brilliant (from the tick’s perspective). Since ticks use a mild numbing agent when they bite your pets, they can evade detection; most of the time, pets don’t even know the parasites have attached and are feeding. Incidentally, the same thing happens when humans are the host. It’s not uncommon for a pet parent to find an engorged tick behind Fido’s ears, that has been feeding for days. “Ewwwww!” Speaking of feeding, where are the areas you’re most likely to find ticks on your furry friend?
Common Places to Find Ticks on Your Pets
Knowing where to look for ticks is crucial to keeping your pet healthy. If you do find one, the ultimate tick removal tool, the TickZapper®, is ready in moment’s notice. Unlike other tick removal methods, the TickZapper® actually fully captures AND securely contains the tick – so you don’t have to worry about the tick falling away, or making direct contact with YOU. Where might you have to use the TickZapper® on your pets? Here are some of the most common tick feeding zones on pets:
The groin and tail. Your animal’s hindquarters are a popular place for ticks to feed. Dark, secluded, moist areas attract ticks. The groin and tail are important areas to inspect on your pets.
Ears. Soft cartilage, extra warmth, accessible blood. When it comes to the “perfect” tick feeding area, ears are at the top of the list. And don’t forget to check the inside of your pet’s ear canal. Many ticks have been found inside the ears, particularly on dogs with floppy ears (beagles, Basset hounds, English Cocker Spaniels, bloodhounds, dachshunds, and poodles, just to name a few), along with many horse breeds.
Collar region. Under your pet’s cloth or nylon collar, where there is less light. Slightly moister than other areas, and protected from scratching paws. Check underneath the collar on a regular basis, even if the collar is new. Ticks are opportunistic feeders. Don’t give them any chance to remain concealed!
Eyelids. Similar to the ears, eyelids are prime tick feeding regions on your pet’s face. The one good thing about ticks found near the eyes is that they’re easier to detect. Note, if your pet is exceedingly furry, ticks can remain comfortably hidden for days.
While these are the most common areas, ticks won’t hesitate to start feeding in other locations on your beloved pet. It’s recommended to give your pet a thorough tick inspection after any outdoor activities. A thorough tick check is the best defense against tick-borne diseases transmission. Learn more here.
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Thanks again for visiting TickZapper®. Now that you know where ticks are likely to attach to your pets, arm yourself with the safest and quickest tick removal tool on the planet – the revolutionary, patented TickZapper®!