Aby-a-Day – 12 March: Takes a ticking and keeps on licking (Medical Monday)

Disclaimer: This post contains images of a disgusting, blood-sucking parasite…no, not the one currently occupying the White House…I am talking an actual arachnid. If you’re squeamish about creepy crawlies, you might want to scroll quickly.

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The first summer we lived in Sweden, Jacoby went out on several outdoor expeditions in the tall grass on the slope near our apartment.

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A day or two after one such outing, I petted Jake and felt…a lump. I inspected it more closely, and…EWWWWWWWwwwwwwwwwww!

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It was a tick! A big, nasty, swollen, blood-engorged tick! I don’t do exoskeletal, multi-legged things (except lobsters, crabs and shrimp), but Björn grew up next to a lake in Sweden and has dealt with ticks many times. He even had the appropriate extraction tool at the ready.

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Between cringing and making “ew” noises, I wasn’t much help.

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So I just held Jake still and took photos.

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I am so glad that Björn knows how to handle these monsters. It was hard enough just taking and editing the photos!

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All I know about ticks is what I’ve read in the Warriors books, and I was fresh out of moss and mouse bile.

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Of course, I could have always looked online for instructions on tick removal…but there was still that whole “I don’t do bugs” thing, so…

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…it’s a good thing I have Björn.

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Because…Ew! Ew-ew-ew-ew! EWWW!

4 thoughts on “Aby-a-Day – 12 March: Takes a ticking and keeps on licking (Medical Monday)

  1. MOL! My human isn’t squeamish about those things… but being a city girl, she is a bit, um, backwards. The one time she found a tick on a kitty, it was the cat before Sparkle and she had no idea what to do! She had to take her to the emergency vet – and after they finished laughing at her, they showed her how to remove it.

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  2. Eeew! I do many exoskeleton’d critters but ticks are a big N-O. I hope Jacoby is suffering no ill affects. Speaking of Ill, is Lyme a problem in Sweden?

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    1. Lyme is a problem, depending on the location, but there are vaccinations offered. The most important thing when it comes to the removal of ticks is to find proper instructions before doing it. Never – NEVER – try to remove it just with your fingers; there’s a substantial risk that one might squeeze the tick, injecting its innards into the bite and significantly increasing the risk of infection.

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  3. Yep. That was pretty nasty, Coco! One of our dogs got a tick on her eyelid in our back yard one day. All I knew at the time is that you can burn them off. But how does one go about burning a tick off of a beloved pet, especially off of an eyelid, without injury to the pet?! I ended up taking her to the vet. Eighty dollars later, no tick, but eighty dollars poorer.

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