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I was peacefully eating anf watching tv when my doggie a whippet named Holly ran up and was bleeding from the fooy profusely. I cleaned it and dettolled it dressed it and bandaged it.
I thought hes stood on some wire, a nail or glass.......
Then 2 hrs later across the lounge room floor came the nasty of all nasties a fat engoged quick moving black with red stripe leech................... :puker :pukel :puker :pukel :puker :pukel
What should I do to minimise teh risk of being leech bait - my two little kids would freak out if they got one..... The weather is sooooo hot and rainy....


Sat Dec 04, 2010 12:25 pm
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Keep some salt nearby at all times. Check for leaches frequently and if you find one put the salt on it. This will cause it to detach itself. Do not try to pull it off by hand or you could force contaminants into the wound. A leach bite can become very itchy later but avoid scratching as you could end out with an infection.

You can pick up a leach in water or by brushing against them in damp bushy areas where they may be hanging out waiting for a victim. They could be on the ground, or on plants. If out in the garden or bush wear long pants, sturdy shoes and thick socks, but still check carefully when you come inside again.

Generally the biggest risk is an infection after the bite, not from the leach itself.

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I can't express how much I don't like leeches :(

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We had stacks in our dam however the fish we put in seem to be snacking on them as i've not seen a leech in ages :)

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jump in for a while and see what happens ;)


Mon Dec 06, 2010 1:46 pm
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Went swimming a fair bit last year and didn't pick up any leeches.

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I'm with Carrie - I really really don't like them. Creepy.


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Ewwww... used to go trekking on my nan's property - leech heaven! Stand still for a moment and see them coming at you from all sides... :shock:

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Post Re: leech on my dog
Havent had one for absolutely ages on the property (or found out about one that is......) like 10 yrs ago.......
I think it must be leech weather. They are like a creature from a horror movie worse than spiders and cockroaches.........
But blow flies lets be honest they are gross too fying over and spurting out little maggots OH MY GOD........
I had no idea Blow Flies even did that until I moved to the country at 28
REPULSIVE :puker :puker :puker :puker :puker :puker :puker :puker :puker


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Please DO NOT use salt, flame, tweezers etc.. on a Leech. Your fingernail or another flat object is far safer and will reduce risk of infection

Using salt will cause the leech to throw up its meal into the bite and THAT is where the risk of infection comes from not the actual bite itself. Will link some basic stuff over from WIKI as well.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leech#Removal


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