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Tick Man Dan Discusses the Rise of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

 

Tick Man Dan Discusses the Rise of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

 By Amy Lignor

So what exactly is Rocky Mountain spotted fever? To be brief, RMSF is one of many tick-borne diseases. But the worst statistic is the fact that RMSF is, once again, on the rise. Although RMSF cases have been reported throughout most of the contiguous United States over time, only five accounted for over 60% of the cases seen from 2003 to 2010. It came as a total surprise in eastern Arizona, an area that had never before reported the disease, when roughly 140 cases of RMSF suddenly appeared. The tick responsible is known as the Rhipicephalus sanguineous, and although this may sound unique, it is actually a common brown dog tick easily found around people’s homes.

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Tick Man Dan (AKA: Dan Wolff), wants to make sure the U.S. of A. understands the magnitude of RMSF and how to stop cases from increasing. With over twenty years’ experience as a suburban deer expert and tick prevention specialist, not to mention a true lover of his own family canines, Tick Man Dan spends his days educating the world on tick prevention, removal and first-aid. He is also the person a great many others thank for inventing the device that safely and quickly removes ticks from both people and pets: TickEase.

 

Even though we are in this 21st-century of amazing technology, there is still no vaccine available that “cures” RMSF. Medical men and women state that dogs with RMSF show a variety of clinical signs to warn the owner; the trouble is, these particular signs mimic many other diseases. Your beloved family friend can show a loss of appetite, fever, depression, pain in the muscles and joints, swollen lymph nodes, and even edema (a fluid accumulation) in the face and legs. Worse, some animals can develop pneumonia or heart arrhythmias, which can lead to the loss of your dog quite suddenly. From dizziness to seizures to a wave of neurological signs, RMSF begins to “show itself” 2 to 14 days after the actual tick bite has occurred. And seeing as that we can’t clear out the forest and “vacuum” up all the ticks out there spreading RMSF; prevention becomes more and more difficult.

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It’s an old saying that when it comes to everything from allergies to what weeds will grow in the backyard every year, depends on what the wind blows in, and it seems the RMSF disease is blowing into a greater degree as of late. So how can you prevent this from happening? As we all know, there’s a million-dollar industry when it comes to taking care of our most cherished friends. Go to any store, and you’ll see row after row of tick collars, and bottle upon bottle of products and chemicals that repel and kill ticks. All of these are great for safety, however, actually checking your canine every day to make sure that no tick has decided to make your home their home, is the best way to prevent RMSF and stop the disease from spreading.

 

Even with the safeguards in place, however, TickEase is the one product that should be on hand in any and every household in the U.S. Checking your animals with TickEase is a must. The only tick removal tool that’s dual-sided, TickEase is a device with fine-point tweezers on one end for removing small ticks from the flesh, and a slotted scoop on the other end for removing larger ticks from animals. Although you, yourself, can’t get RMSF from your dog, a tick bite can do it in the blink of an eye. Common symptoms for people range from a rash to chills to headaches and muscle aches – these small insects can make life truly hard.

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Photo by Abby Chestnut Chestnutmutts.com

And without TickEase available in the house, a great many people will use their fingers to remove a tick. Some even use regular tweezers, twisting them or jerking them which then can cause the mouthparts of the tick to actually remain in the skin. But with TickEase, the removal process becomes quick and easy. After removal, cleansing the spot thoroughly using antibacterial soap must be done, and the site of the bite should always be observed for a few days after it occurs.

 

Tick Man Dan wants you to understand that RMSF is one of those diseases that is always a part of the Great Outdoors, and now more prevalent than before. So take the time to learn how to fight and cure the disease. But, first priority, make sure to have the device to check for and remove the ticks before the disease can take hold. With TickEase and education, both two-legged and four-legged family members can stay safe!

 

Educate yourself today at: www.TickEase.com

 

Original Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle.com

 

Tick Man Dan Talks Proper First-Aid

 

Tick Man Dan Talks Proper First-Aid

by Amy Lignor

Annoying used to be the best and most often used adjective to describe mosquitoes, ticks and…well, some mother-in-laws. However, over the last decade two out of these three transformed from simply being the most populous annoying insects on earth (no, I don’t mean mother-in-laws) into two creatures that can truly be dangerous—spreading vile diseases that create havoc and pain in peoples’ lives.

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When it comes to the tick, their bites are not only itchy but some may also secrete a neurotoxin into your or your pet’s skin that causes paralysis after a prolonged blood meal. In other words, if you don’t find them quickly, remove them, and treat the wound using the proper first-aid, then the risk of harm can come swiftly.

Getting an education on what you don’t know is exactly what can help you stay healthy and free from tick-borne diseases. It is important to learn the facts and be prepared, as all good scouts are. Only then can you really be able to enjoy the Great Outdoors. Whether it be camping, hunting, walking the dog, or simply taking a breather and enjoying the clean air and beautiful scenery all around, you must first learn about the tick in order to stop the worry.  

That’s when you turn to Dan Wolff. Known as Tick Man Dan because of his expansive knowledge, Dan is a suburban deer expert and tick prevention specialist with over twenty years of education when it comes to ticks, tick prevention, removal and first-aid. He is the real expert out there who – when he saw there was no “correct” device on the market to safely and quickly remove ticks – he invented the one and only TickEase.

The only tick removal tool that’s dual-sided, TickEase is a device with fine-point tweezers on one end for removing small ticks from the flesh, and a slotted scoop on the other end for removing larger ticks from animals.

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Without TickEase on hand, some people use their fingers to remove a tick. Some use household  tweezers and then jerk or twist them, which can cause the mouthparts of the tick to actually remain in the skin. Still others will squeeze, puncture or crush the tick’s body, which may lead to infections through skin cuts if they happen to come in contact with a tick’s infected body fluids.

 

It is a fact not to use so-called “traditional methods” of tick removal, such as nail polish remover, rubbing alcohol, hot match heads, petroleum jelly, and a slew of other incorrect ways that are posted all over the internet. Not only can these increase exposure to infectious agents, but they can also cause the tick to salivate and regurgitate germs directly into you!

 

With TickEase, the removal process becomes quick and easy. However, the process doesn’t end there. What you need to know is the correct first-aid that must be done after the tick has been dislodged.

 

The very first step is making sure to cleanse the spot thoroughly using antibacterial soap. The area of the bite will have an indentation, and cleaning must be done as soon as TickEase has done its job. The bite site should always be observed for a few days after removal. Applying anti-bacterial cream will also be an added extra protection and keep the site extra clean. And always remember, hands that have been contaminated with a tick’s body fluids must be thoroughly washed with soap and warm water. Proper wound treatment is an absolute must!

 

Tick Man Dan made it his mission to provide you and your family with the safest, most effective tool on the market for removing ticks. But his ability to educate and make sure that you know exactly what proper first-aid is and how to administer it is also superior! In this world where the once annoying insects have now become frightening, the duo of TickEase and its creator are exactly what you need to keep your family safe.

 

Educate yourself today at: www.TickEase.com

 

Original Source: Sportsmans Lifestyle.com 

Everyone’s “Best Friend” Receives Their Second Chance

 

Everyone’s “Best Friend” Receives Their Second Chance

By Amy Lignor

 

It is not an overstatement to say that dogs and cats crave a home of love, friendship, loyalty and kindness – the four attributes they offer to the owner who shows them the same. The numbers for those animals that have been lost, harmed or run away, have risen every year for over a decade, with more and more shelters actually using the name “humane society” in a misleading way. These particular societies have one thing in common…the animal will be put to death in a certain number of days, depending on the State, if not adopted. In other words…these poor animals that have already lived through a nightmare may have been better off on the streets.

 

12109001_1636420659931540_8719365557663705994_nAccording to the ASPCA, there are over 13,500 community animal shelters nationwide that are “independent.” No national organization monitors these shelters that use the generalized terms of “humane society” or “SPCA.” The ASPCA (Humane Society of the United States) has increased peoples’ awareness when it comes to these locations in an attempt to make these facts known:

 

Approximately 7.6 million animals enter shelters nationwide every year, with approximately 2.7 million being euthanized. (Dogs: approximately 35% are adopted, 31% are euthanized and 26% are returned to their owner. Cats: approximately 37% are adopted, 41% are euthanized, and less than 5% are returned to their owners.)

 

These statistics grow more frightening with each year. Everything from a State’s budget issues to simply an overcrowding of strays has been used as an excuse to explain why so many millions of animals are being euthanized. The figures are even more repulsive once finding out that industry trends show revenue will continue to rise even higher.

 

In this world, people care about animals. They want to find that “Best Friend” and have them for life. The animal, whether cat or dog, becomes a huge part of the family…a part that is as important as any other person on the family tree.

 

In comes…the second chance. For those shelters that are either struggling or simply choosing to empty their cages by ending lives before it is time for the end to appear, there are those out there who are working day and night, taking their own love and caring and absolute humanity to save lives and give these creatures a second chance at being able to enjoy life and find that perfect home.

 

There are so many to mention, but one such organization is called, McLovin Second Chance Rescue, located in the state of New Mexico. McLovin is also important to mention, seeing as that this shelter (located in Las Cruces, NM) saves dogs and cats all over the U.S. However, they are pulling a great many from one of the highest kill shelters in all of New Mexico, located in Roswell.

 

Giving love, homes, and friendship to the aged, unwanted, and injured, McLovin is the perfect representative of what it means to give a second chance. Sometimes with the knowledge that certain animals do not have long to live, McLovin still gives them a home on the basis that a moment of love is better than nothing at all.

 

The background of the actual name “McLovin” is a heartwarming story. It was in March of 2015 in the move to Las Cruces that the owner’s Mastiff (“McLovin”) was hit by a car and died shortly thereafter. He was the very first rescue, and in his honor these individuals fight for all the animals. And, as millions already know, that fight is highly difficult when it comes to funding. Donations are needed to give these loving animals a second chance. And there is a ‘wish list,’ posted by the shelter on their Amazon account, where people can purchase items for the dogs and cats and the order will be directly shipped to the McLovin Second Chance Shelter.

 

The world is still humane – a good thing to be reminded of when you see the news, the battles and the turmoil that goes on all around us each day of our lives. When it comes to our smaller family members, those best friends who need, want and deserve a life of kindness, our humanity makes even more of a difference than anyone could possibly imagine. So, remember, the term “humane society” is a generalized term. There are those out there who do create the numbers that are beyond revolting: numbers that are worse than actual wars.

 

SPREAD THE WORD! The $5.00 spent on that Starbucks coffee in the morning can do a dog or a cat so much good. It contributes to their health and well-being until a family, such as yours, can adopt their “Best Friend” and show them a home!

 

For more information, go to: https://www.facebook.com/McLovin-Second-Chance-Rescue-1633035926936680/

Source:  Baret News