2. Is that a quarter in your ear?
This next creepy crawler story is from Dr. James Blacka, DVM. Dr. Blacka was called in for a second opinion on a cat that had surgery a week earlier to remove a small mass from the outside of the ear. Dr. Blacka explained, "I, of course, was certain that it was just going to be a scab or oozing from the surgery site before walking into the room." Unfortunately, that was not what he found. The pet owner explained that there had been a mass forming inside the ear for the past few days and it was growing quickly and getting darker.
Are you thinking what I'm thinking? Yup - I shudder to say the cat had an engorged tick that was just a little smaller than a quarter, near the ear canal. Dr. Blacka remembers, "I showed the owner, by pulling back the ear and letting her see the little legs kicking alongside of [a] tick that was incredibly engorged with blood." The pet parent, not surprisingly, got lightheaded and had to sit down, giving Dr. Black a a chance to safely pull the tick free.
3. Tiny tick is big monster
Dr. Ernie Ward, DVM lived "a veterinarian's nightmare" in this terrifying tale. Dr. Ward told me that he had admitted a dog for unknown lethargy that had rapidly progressed to paralysis. All of the initial testing was normal, and the dog was said to be on flea and tick preventives. What happened next, according to Dr. Ward?