Look what I just picked out of my dog's head...

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  1. lamina macrumors 68000

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    That thing was holding on for dear life. It was fighting me, even kinda dodging my tweezers.

    What is it?
     

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  2. fistful macrumors 6502a

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    That would be a tick.

    Hopefully you got the pincers out otherwise it could cause an infection.
     
  3. wonga1127 macrumors 6502

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    I'm no veterinarian, but that looks like a tick to me.
     
  4. lamina thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Can you tell from the picture if I got the pincers? :S
     
  5. wordmunger macrumors 603

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    I'm no expert but it looks to me like you got the whole thing.
     
  6. MacNut macrumors Core

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    Deer tick. Bring it to the vet and they can test it.
     
  7. lamina thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Researching a bit, it looks like I got the whole thing. It couldn't have been attached to my little guy for very long, since we're close with him every day. I'll keep an eye on him for any unhealthy symptoms.
     
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  9. ErikCLDR macrumors 68000

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    That is a tick

    Do you live in the city or something. Dogs around here get ticks all the time, but rarely do they ever get sick.

    Get some frontguard medicine for your dog. It helps repel ticks.
     
  10. yojitani macrumors 68000

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    you ought to check your dog over carefully to make sure he doesn't have any more. ticks are nasty things. looks like you got hold of this one before it started to feast.
     
  11. lamina thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I remember that! Whatever bit you looks just like what I found today.

    Anyway, Mackenzie has been fine all night, so I guess he's ok.

    I live in sort of a suburban area, with a huge farmer's field behind my place. That's likely where he got his little friend. We bathed him tonight and gave him a good comb over to try to find more, but found nothing.

    Thanks all.
     
  12. runplaysleeprun macrumors 6502a

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    I was just in the UP of Michigan on a research trip and had to pull two ticks out of me. Its no fun, I get freaked out every time.
     
  13. aprilgrey34 macrumors member

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    Uh... it looks more like a dog tick from this angle... American dog tick, Dermacentor variabilis. Hard to tell for sure unless you look at its mouthparts and ventrum under a scope, which pretty much any veterinary or medical lab can do for you if you care enough to submit it through your veterinarian.

    You mean Frontline? Advantix also works well.

    Have fun.
     

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