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.


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


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


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.


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


So I just held Jake still and took photos.


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


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


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…


…it’s a good thing I have Björn.


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.


  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?


    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.


  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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