|Barked: Tue Dec 2, '08 1:18pm PST |
|Ollie got bitten by a tick on Sunday afternoon. We removed the tick shortly after it had bitten (the tick still looked very hungry and we had only been back home an hour-ish) with the Tick Twister device, though Ollie pulled away at the last moment so it is possible the tick did get pulled out a little rougher than we would have liked. The tick was moving around and alive, it was a larger tick so I am not worried about Lyme's disease (plus it's pretty rare around here).
Today I noticed that the spot where the tick was attached has become infected, with yellow pus! The yellow pussed area is a little smaller than a dime. The area around it is red and inflamed, but I think that also might be due to the fact that he was licking it before I realized there was a problem.
We have an appointment this afternoon at 5PM at the vet, but this is a vet that I don't trust very much as my regular vet, my backup vet, and my second backup vet were all booked or not accepting patients today. I am wondering what the normal course of treatment for an infected tick bite is. The vet I am visiting at 5PM has a history of waaaaay overprescribing antibiotics and steroids, so I want to have an idea of what normal treatment might be so that I can have an informed discussion with them (they also don't take too kindly to asking questions, so I would rather come informed than ask them about every detail). I am assuming this will require a week or two of oral antibiotics?
Aside from licking it for a few minutes (what made me look there since I haven't brushed him yet today), it doesn't appear to be bothering him, and after I told him to leave it, he hasn't touched it since. So I'm glad he doesn't appear to be too bothered by it.
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