Twist And Shout: No Dog Owner Should Be Without A Tick Twister

Speak of the devil … that’s how that saying goes, right?

Just this week I was reading and discussing Dr. Nelson’s post about a rescued Boxer who was completely infested with brown dog ticks. (Apparently, brown dog tick is the most common tick in Arizona, where this dog was found) There must be at least fifty or more ticks on this poor dog’s back!

The most common disease that comes with brown dog ticks is tick fever (Ehrlichiosis).

Up here we mainly need to worry deer ticks and Lyme disease.

Btw. all those ticks were removed mechanically and topical tick preventative was applied AFTER all the visible ticks were gone.

Twist And Shout: No Dog Owner Should Be Without A Tick TwisterIf you’re wondering how to dispose of a tick, put it in a container with rubbing alcohol, that kills them.

Clearly, there is a good reason behind the saying [speak of the devil], as JD came home with a tick the very next day! Gotta hate those things.

Hubby, of course, wanted to use the trusty lit match to remove it. Not a good plan.

Fortunately, after Jasmine got a tick at the ranch two summers ago, our vet gave us a product he was very excited about – the Tick Twister. It’s been sitting in the truck ever since, because, fortunately, we didn’t need it.

So off I went, in the dark, searching for the pouch where we kept it. I must have looked like a thief, scouring the bus with a flashlight.

I have to tell you that I am very nervous about tick removal, always worried about doing it right.

This was my first time removing a tick and it was my first time using the Tick Twister.

I love my Tick Twister!

How to Use Tick Twister® to Remove a Tick:

  • Select the correct sized tool according to the size of the tick – the large hook for medium and large ticks or the small hook for small and very small ticks.
  • Hold the handle between your thumb and index finger and slide the fork end of the tool toward the tick until it is caught between the prongs.
  • Lift the tool very lightly and rotate in either direction several (2-3) turns. You will feel when the tick has released its mouth-parts and it is safe to pull up on the tick and Tick Twister®.
Our vet told us it is the best tick removal tool he’s tried. 

I was tempted to write about it then, but couldn’t bring myself to review a product I didn’t try.

Now, after trying it, I can tell you that whether you live in an area full of ticks, or at a place where there is just the odd one, get yourself a Tick Twister.

It removes ticks safely and it is easy to use even for such a neurotic idiot such as myself!

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Jana Rade

I am a graphic designer, dog health advocate, writer, and author. Jasmine, the Rottweiler of my life, was the largest female from her litter. We thought we were getting a healthy dog. Getting a puppy from a backyard breeder was our first mistake. Countless veterinary visits without a diagnosis or useful treatment later, I realized that I had to take Jasmine's health care in my own hands. I learned the hard way that merely seeing a vet is not always enough. There is more to finding a good vet than finding the closest clinic down the street. And, sadly, there is more to advocating for your dog's health than visiting a veterinarian. It should be enough, but it often is not. With Jasmine, it took five years to get a diagnosis. Unfortunately, other problems had snowballed for that in the meantime. Jasmine's health challenges became a crash course in understanding dog health issues and how to go about getting a proper diagnosis and treatment. I had to learn, and I had to learn fast. Helping others through my challenges and experience has become my mission and Jasmine's legacy. I now try to help people how to recognize and understand signs of illness in their dogs, how to work with their veterinarian, and when to seek a second opinion. My goal is to save others the steep curve of having to learn things the hard way as I did. That is the mission behind my blog and behind my writing. That is why I wrote Symptoms to Watch for in Your Dog, which has turned out being an award-winning guide to dog owners. What I'm trying to share encompasses 20 years of experience.

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