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How To Safely Remove Nasty Ticks From Your Pet

Dr. Chris Brown shows us how to safely remove a tick...

When you have four legs instead of two & spend your time outside in all manner of places, then chances are, you're going to pick up a couple of little nasty friends!

Ticks can be an unpleasant addition to your family - But fear not as Bondi Vet's Dr. Chris Brown shows us a few ways to help the kick that tick!

Where should you look?

Focus your attention between the toes, inside the ears, under the collar an around the face. The fact is that 80% of ticks will attach from the front legs forwards. They really like it there because down the back they run the risk of being chewed out by your dog.

Removing the tick

The temptation is just to reach in and grab it but, the thing is, it's attached by a very narrow little proboscis which anchors very firmly into the dog.

Get some tweezers and go right around the base of it where it is joined into your dog. That's its head.

Instead of pulling it straight out, actually twist it. By twisting it, you release all the little spikes that are sticking into your dog.

This will enable you to remove the tick, and not leave any behind.

How do I toilet train my cat

I rescued an adult female, desexed cat six months ago. Apparently she’s always been an outside cat. I have another cat who is mostly indoors and I would only let outside during the day if I was home. Luna didn’t like being indoors and wasn’t using the litter tray properly. I had her confined in the bathroom for a few days to get use to it and she would go next to it, rarely in it. She will sometimes use a tray otherwise will urinate or poop on the floor. I am at wits end. I have two trays, I’ve changed the type of litter, put dirt in the tray, picked up the poop and put it in the tray to show her that where it goes. I’ve used spray in the tray to attract her to want to use the tray. I bought felliway diffuser which is meant to calm cats and have also used the rescue remedy drops in her food. I’ve recently moved house where there is a cat enclosure so she can go in and out when ever she pleases but still goes in the kitchen (as I now close the bathroom door when she started going to the toilet in there), but tonight I noticed she’s been going in the spare room if anything is left on the floor which is carpeted. So I’ve now cleared that whole room to prevent her from going to the toilet. She is still going in the kitchen. I’ve tried cleaning the area and eliminating her scent by using water and vinegar then once dry use bi carb soda and hydrogen peroxide and it has made no difference. She’s been tested for a bladder infection which came up negative. I love animals. I have another cat which she now gets along with and two dogs which she is still getting use to. I don’t know what else to do and I don’t want to give her up but feel like I will have no choice.