Product Type: O'Tom dog accessories
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O'Tom Tick Remover
Member Name: SusanLesley
O'Tom Tick Remover
Advantages: Inexpensive, works brilliantly
As I am sure most of you know by now we have a gorgeous white cat called Mew who adopted us when we moved into our cottage here on the Great Orme in Llandudno. Since the Orme is a Country Park there are lots of bushes and grassy areas in which Mew can hunt and he catches all sorts of things including mice, voles and rabbits.
Now as anyone who has a hunting cat will know the downside of him providing his own food is the fact that he picks up ticks on a regular basis. I put Frontline drops on the back of his neck at the beginning of each month but he does still manage to get ticks.
When Mew does get ticks I have been using Tick Off drops to kill them (although someone on Dooyoo suggested Vaseline works just as well and I can confirm that it does!) and then removing them with my tweezers.
When we took Mew for his check up and injections last week I told the vet about the tick problem. She told me that she can provide a treatment on prescription to keep the little monsters at bay as apparently the Frontline doesn't work as well as it might after a while.
She also reminded me that I must be really careful to remove the whole tick as the mouthparts, being embedded in the skin, can remain and cause an infection. I told her that I used tweezers and she suggested a special tick remover. I had already bought one some time ago but it was worse than useless to be honest so she showed me the one that she had for sale at the surgery which was quite different.
The piece of kit in question is the O'Tom Tick Twister. The vet handed me a little plastic bag with a resealable strip across the top. This contained two Tick Twisters - one small and one larger - and a little card with instructions for use in both words and diagrams. This all cost £4.73 at the vets but can be purchased on Amazon for £4.18 with free shipping.
The Tick Twisters are lime green in colour and comprise a short handle, a couple of inches long, with a piece bent at right angles at the business end of the remover. The bent piece has a slit along the centre.
To remove the ticks they first need to be killed with Tick Off or Vaseline and then you just have to slide the Tick Twister along the cat's skin until the dead tick is caught in the slit. You then just twist the Tick Twister and the whole tick, including the dreaded mouthparts, is removed.
I thought that this sounded a bit too good to be true to be honest but I was wrong - this is brilliant!
I found a tick yesterday and put some Vaseline over it to kill it and then today decided to try the Tick Twister. I held Mew firmly and slid the twister into place, twisted and pulled and removed the whole tick in one go - I could even see his mouthparts clearly!
I am very impressed with this little gadget and would recommend it to anyone with small animals who are prone to ticks. It is easy to use and I assume that it is painless as there was no reaction from Mew.
The website at www.tick-twister.com gives a bit more information and has a short film showing exactly how to use the Tick Twister.
Summary: Pain free tick removal!
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