When the weather warms up in Central Oregon the topic of ticks seems to surface if you're a dog owner.
If you look at the statistics, the chance that you or your dog will be exposed to a disease carried by ticks, is very small. But you should be aware, and depending on your activities, be prepared.
You can clink on this link to view a map of Oregon to see what counties reported dogs that tested positive for Lyme disease.
If you find a tick on your dog, it may be preferable to have your veterinarian remove the tick because identification of the tick species requires an undamaged specimen. The tick's head and mouthparts may become a source of inflammation and infection if they remain buried in your dog's skin. If you decide to remove the tick yourself:
- Use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin's surface as possible.
- Pull upward with steady, even pressure to ease out the entire tick including the tick's mouthparts. Don't twist or jerk the tick; this can cause the mouth-parts to break off and remain in the skin.
- Be sure to wash the bite area and your hands.
- Please seek the advice of your veterinarian if you were unsuccessful in removing the entire tick.