From the Desk of Linda Tellington-Jones

Linda's Tick Tip

I just finished a delightful week-long Companion Animal training in New Jersey with 22 enthusiastic participants from 11 states. We had lots of fascinating dogs and 2 kitties visiting us during the week. We spent some many delightful hours in the May sunshine on the grass and under the shade trees on the back lawn of the Grange working the dogs through the Playground for Higher Learning exercises – in the Labyrinth, over the balance beam and the star obstacle, over unusual footing, through cones and over ladders. It was very rich in learning experiences.

We had one little challenge, and I do mean little. The tiny deer ticks are out in full force this year in New Jersey – as well as Virginia where I had just been teaching. We made an announcement to watch for ticks for the enlightenment of participants who flew in from areas where ticks are not so prevalent.

I have a tip to share about ticks and its not about TTouching them. It’s about a new treatment when Lyme’s is suspected but the tick cannot be sent for identification. In the past it was common to take a prolonged dose of antibiotics just to be sure not to get Lyme disease.

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The day after our New Jersey training ended I was in Minneapolis teaching a TTouch for You training. As I was washing my hands I noticed on the underside of my wrist a tiny black dot with a red circle around it; Classic deer tick sign that is said to carry Lyme disease. The tiny intruder was fully embedded so I did not see a possibility to get it out alive.

At the lunch break on Saturday I went to an emergency care center and a very nice doctor dug out the tick. I was pretty concerned. The doctor said the tick could have traveled with me from New Jersey or it could have been a Minnesota tick. Just an hour before I discovered the ring and the tick I was eating a late night snack with a friend, Harriet Crosby, while she casually pulled 5 big ticks off her arms! She had been lying in the grass watching beavers in a pond earlier in the day and was totally unconcerned about the ticks. She has been treated previously for Lyme and was told by her doctor that she is immune, although I have been told that is not possible.

A tick bite is potentially very dangerous. My sister, Robyn, had Lyme disease and although she was immediately treated with antibiotics she had a bad reaction. And I have a friend who many years ago was bitten but misdiagnosed and had to close down his veterinary practice and do years of alternative treatments. He has never recovered and still has related joint and heart issues.

You can well imagine I was very relieved to discover there is a new treatment when Lyme is suspected but the tick cannot be sent for identification.

It’s a one-time prophylactic dose of 200 ml of Doxycylcine that should be taken within 72 hours of being bitten. The doctor said it’s a brand new treatment and many might not know about it. I sure hope it did the trick but I feel fine and am still enjoying the many experiences we had during our week together.

If you are walking in the woods and one of the big fat ticks latches on to you or your dog or horse, I have had success removing hundreds of those big ones by carefully turning them counter-clockwise and backing them out without leaving the head in.

Have a great day and remember to do some Heart Hugs and send appreciation for the animals, friends and family through the divine matrix and around the world.

Blessings,

elelelinda

© 2009 Linda Tellington-Jones

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Comments on: "Linda's Tick Tip" (5)

  1. Good advice on ticks.

    We have found more than we could count – in our Midwest horsey haven.

    TICK-TALK

  2. A B-52 can carry 6000 gallons of DDT spray.

  3. do u know how long ticks can stay without blood?

    • sharon Kuntz said:

      Hi Rod, i have no idea how long tics can stay without blood but i’m betting its longer than we can imagine. i checked out wikipedia and could find nothing about the blood fast. However the following post by Rodney Southern has some worthwhile tips.
      i learned years ago from our vet that squishing ticks was not a good idea because they have so many eggs you can spread them. according to Rodney you could also be infected if you squish them between your nails and have breaks in the skin.
      Dropping them in alcohol seems to be the best idea, although i have been told that oil works too. aloha, Linda

      Nasty Blood Sucking Ticks – Ten Things You May Not Know

      Published August 18, 2008 by:
      Rodney Southern
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      Ticks are without a doubt some of the nastiest critters known to man. They are dangerous, as they carry disease, and sometimes deadly, as we sometimes have no idea they are there. Most people know that ticks are

      dangerous, but there are many things about ticks that the average person does not know. Here are ten things you may not know about these blood sucking little buggers.

      1. The infamous deer tick is the primary carrier of Lyme disease. This tick is very dangerous and should never be handled with your bare hands.

      2. Ticks are incredible climbers. This is rather common knowledge but something you might consider when you decide to flush the toilet. Make sure it goes down or you just might find it digging into a very sensitive area.

      3. The lone star tick is so tiny that you might be bitten hundreds of times without even realizing it. They are carriers of disease as well so they are particularly dangerous.

      4. A tick goes through four life stages or cycles. The egg, larva, nymph, and of course, the adult stage. Each stage generally requires a different animal host.

      5. A mature female will lay 3000 to 5000 eggs. That is a whole lot of ticks!

      6. Alcohol is the easiest, and safest way to kill a tick. Drop the tick in a container of alcohol, and then you can have it in case of future disease. This will help the doctor with identification.

      7. Squishing ticks between your fingers is a dangerous way to deal with them. Ticks carry disease, and if you “squish” the tick and you have any breaks in your skin, you are inviting disease.

      8. Seed Ticks, or Lone Star ticks as they are called can be smaller than the words on a penny. Look closely when searching yourself or your child for ticks.

      9. Twisting a tick off is a really bad idea as the part that is attached will often remain. Pull straight out instead of twisting.

      10. One of the biggest attractions for ticks is tall grass. This allows them to hold onto a blade of grass with their back legs and grab you with the front legs when you happen by. Mow that grass if you want to keep the tick population down.

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