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Welcome to Justanswer! I am Dr. Altman and happy to assist you both today!Do you still have the frontline available that you can apply tonight? This will help allow the tick to detach, especially being on her neck and close to the area where the frontline is applied...I would not advise removing the tick at home, you are more likely to leave the head in her neck and then it can bury itself and cause an infection so please just leave the area alone tonight and minimize her scratching if you are able. Tomorrow morning please get her into your regular vet who can remove it safely. Vaseline will not be helpful in removing the tick or prevent infection...But if you can apply the frontline tonight then that would be strongly advised
Yes I understand, I really would not advise removing the tick at home, as I said you are likely to leave the head behind and not advised because it will get infected.Do you have frontline at home you can apply?
You can definitely wipe off the vaseline
If the tick is engorged and buried then it has been present for more than 24 hours at this point (more likely 48+ hours) so an additional 12 hours will be alright to wait to be safe in this situation
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Very low if she is current on the vaccination but ticks do carry other viruses besides Lyme's so your vet will determine what type of tic it is based on your area and whether further actions such as antibiotics are warranted.You don't need to put the frontline directly on the area but on her back as per the instructions...
I'm sure that it is uncomfortable but your worries are worrying her too! Dogs, especially little ones like yours thrive on our energy and it can make her anxious. I have two little ones and they definitely know when I am concerned about them
That should help, the tick might detach on its own overnight as a result
I am online another few minutes before exiting for the evening, can I clarify anything further before I go?
I completely understand, it sounds like it is engorged and has been there for a few days already... but definitely keep an eye on her tonight!
Just that she is resting comfortably. Recommend a veterinary er when/ if:
- Gums are pale, yellow, brick red and sticky indicating dehydration- Vomiting or diarrhea with blood in it- Increased lethargy or difficulty getting comfortable- Swollen abdomen- Respiratory rate > 60 while at rest- Temperature rectally <99 or >103.5- No interest in food for 24+ hours- No urination for 12+ hours- Trembling without resolution for more than an hour- Productive coughing- Taking a "play bow" or what looks like a downward dog position which is abdominal distress
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I am signing off for the night, good luck to you and Maci!
Good afternoon, I was checking in to see if you were able to get Maci to the vet today? Was the tick removed? I would love an update when you are able and would appreciate you rating at the top of the screen so that I can be compensated for our conversation yesterday. Thank you!