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Hello, I just removed a tick from my...

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1 Dec 2021

Hello, I just removed a tick from my dog's head. There is a couple of tiny black dots in the wound. Do I need to take her to a vet?
JA: I'll do all I can to help. Is your dog bleeding a lot?
Customer: no, just an open wound where the tick was latched on.
JA: Phew. What is the dog's name?
Customer: Gertie
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know before I connect you? Rest assured that they'll be able to help you.
Customer: it feels hard underneath the tick bite
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1 Dec 2021

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Dog Specialist's response
1 Dec 2021
VTErin
VTErin
Licensed Veterinary Technician

Hi there, my name is ***** ***** I have 15 years of experience working both in clinic and with animal poison control where I studied animal poisonings.

I'm happy to help you decide if you need to get your pet into a clinic, or if you're able to manage an issue at home. Sometimes it takes me a bit of time to type out a longer response, please be patient!

  • How is Gertie acting? No signs of illness?
1 Dec 2021
Customer reply
1 Dec 2021
No signs. The tick was on her for at least 2 or three days but I didn't locate it until yesterday. She has medium length hair, and it's pretty long at present.
1 Dec 2021
Customer reply
1 Dec 2021
Hello, Erin.
1 Dec 2021
Customer reply
1 Dec 2021
Now she is currently taking a painkiller and antibiotic for her altercation with a camper recently.
1 Dec 2021
Dog Specialist's response
1 Dec 2021
VTErin
VTErin
Licensed Veterinary Technician

Hello!

It's always a good idea after a tick bite to get them checked out, just because there are tick-borne diseases like lyme disease that we can see develop in dogs. So when you find a tick, antibiotics are sometimes a good idea (depending on where you live).

But so long as Gertie isn't showing any immediate signs, this isn't something that needs to be done immediately.

1 Dec 2021
Customer reply
1 Dec 2021
My hubby said it was a deer tick. And it was pretty engorged by the time I was able to get it out.
1 Dec 2021
Customer reply
1 Dec 2021
The only signs I'm seeing is that the area under the bite is hard, a little smaller than a dime diameter. The area where the tick was pulled out is raw (understandable), but there are two little black dots in the center of it.
1 Dec 2021
Customer reply
1 Dec 2021
Do I need to do anything to it after the tick removal? Wash? Peroxide?
1 Dec 2021
Customer reply
1 Dec 2021
She is currently taking Cefpodoxime 100mg and Carprofen 75mg
1 Dec 2021
Customer reply
1 Dec 2021
They were started after I first noticed the strange bump, but before I found the cause of the bump being a tick's body.
1 Dec 2021
Dog Specialist's response
1 Dec 2021
VTErin
VTErin
Licensed Veterinary Technician

Lyme disease is definitely carried by deer ticks, so that could b e a cause for concerns. Doxycycline tends to be the gold standard for the treatment of Lyme. It can take about 2-6 weeks for signs to show up, so as long as you're not seeing any illness occur in the meantime, you can go in to the vet after a month or two to have a blood test done to check for it.

1 Dec 2021
Customer reply
1 Dec 2021
if she does end up getting Lyme, how would it affect her? Would she need special care for it? Would it shorten her life? I've no experience with Lyme.
1 Dec 2021
Customer reply
1 Dec 2021
the Cefpodoxime would not be of any help against possible Lyme?
1 Dec 2021
Dog Specialist's response
1 Dec 2021
VTErin
VTErin
Licensed Veterinary Technician

At this stage, it is possible the current antibiotics could help, but I would still get a test done just to be on the safe side.

Lyme disease is a bacterial disease. If left untreated, it could potentially be fatal, but generally with the appropriate treatment (a long course of antibiotics) will make the symptoms go away.

It typically causes joint pain and lameness, though we can also see a fever and a loss of appetite.

1 Dec 2021
Customer reply
1 Dec 2021
how long a course of antibiotics are we talking?
1 Dec 2021
Dog Specialist's response
1 Dec 2021
VTErin
VTErin
Licensed Veterinary Technician

Generally about a month. Sometimes longer if the infection is tough.

1 Dec 2021
Customer reply
1 Dec 2021
Fascinating. Thank you for the information. I'll plan on watching for signs in the next 2-3 weeks, and if none, plan on getting a blood test in a month or two.
1 Dec 2021
Dog Specialist's response
1 Dec 2021
VTErin
VTErin
Licensed Veterinary Technician

That sounds like a good plan! Did you have any additional questions or concerns I can address for you?

1 Dec 2021
Customer reply
1 Dec 2021
Any idea what the tiny black dots might be? Or the hardness?
1 Dec 2021
Dog Specialist's response
1 Dec 2021
VTErin
VTErin
Licensed Veterinary Technician

That may just be the puncture wound where the tick was attached, or parts of the tick that broke off in the skin when it was removed. The lump is likely an inflammatory reaction that naturally occurs with a bite like this. The bump will generally fade after a few days.

1 Dec 2021
Customer reply
1 Dec 2021
if it is tick parts, how do I get them out?
1 Dec 2021
Dog Specialist's response
1 Dec 2021
VTErin
VTErin
Licensed Veterinary Technician

You don't need to. They will break down naturally as the bump dissipates.

1 Dec 2021
Customer reply
1 Dec 2021
Oh, that is a relief. Ok, so hardness should dissapate after a few days. That is good to know. Thank you.
1 Dec 2021
Customer reply
1 Dec 2021
I don't have any further questions at this time. Thank you very much for your help, Erin!
1 Dec 2021
Dog Specialist's response
1 Dec 2021
VTErin
VTErin

I am happy to help! Please don't hesitate to reach out to me again here if anything changes with Gertie, or if you just need to follow up with me!

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VTErin
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