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    Quote Originally Posted by mitte View Post
    From experience, I would not do as directed there..

    Mitte.... i got no idea about how to remove & treat leech wounds on dogs, that's why i googled it..

    I know as a kid i had one on my foot & my older brother just hit it with a lighter.. the yukkieeeeeee leech just fell of.. the thing didnt have much of chance to suck my blood.. thank goodness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aussie Floyd View Post
    Mitte.... i got no idea about how to remove & treat leech wounds on dogs, that's why i googled it..

    I know as a kid i had one on my foot & my older brother just hit it with a lighter.. the yukkieeeeeee leech just fell of.. the thing didnt have much of chance to suck my blood.. thank goodness.
    Ugh.

    I hope I never come a cross a leech or that one never comes across me..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aussie Floyd View Post
    Mitte.... i got no idea about how to remove & treat leech wounds on dogs, that's why i googled it..

    I know as a kid i had one on my foot & my older brother just hit it with a lighter.. the yukkieeeeeee leech just fell of.. the thing didnt have much of chance to suck my blood.. thank goodness.
    Yep.... Using a match or lighter is the 2nd option of fast leach removal... Just dont put the flame too close.. Leeches can't stand heat and dryness so they will move on to a cooler location.
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    Luckily the critter had drank itself full and fallen off, so all I had to do was get rid of it. Will use salt if I find one still attached - no more critters discovered.

    Sally's foot seems fine, no more bleeding after I cleaned it out.

    Still shuddering over it....

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    i wonder why leeches are so much more revolting than slugs or mozzies?

    Not too many leeches around here, I think they all die in summer. I do remember Lake Burley Griffen used to cough up a few, and the murrumbidgee, so you might want to be careful (skin check) if you get in the weedy bits of those waters.

    Does acid like vinegar help?

    Not sure I'd use the fingernail method either. Too much chance of bitey transferring to your finger (from the dog).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    i wonder why leeches are so much more revolting than slugs or mozzies?

    Not too many leeches around here, I think they all die in summer. I do remember Lake Burley Griffen used to cough up a few, and the murrumbidgee, so you might want to be careful (skin check) if you get in the weedy bits of those waters.

    Does acid like vinegar help?

    Not sure I'd use the fingernail method either. Too much chance of bitey transferring to your finger (from the dog).

    That's where i got a leech on me as a kid in the 1970's...Murrumbidgee River, Jugiong, NSW

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    Leeches are a common occurrence around here, they seem to like the Gordon Setter more than the Whippets. They are pretty fond of us two.

    If I notice them on us or the dogs I sprinkle salt on them and they shrivel up and drop off.

    Lots of times I don't notice them until I can feel the blood trickling down my leg, Yuk I know, but I'll have leeches any day over ticks.

    I don't bother with anything on us or the dogs afterwards and have never had any ill effects.

    Gemma will sit and lick her pads, yes behind her main pad seems to be their favourite spot, I just leave her alone and after a while the bleeding stops. Having cream carpet and white tiles doesn't help matters.

    Today next door found a baby red belly black snake, now that makes me nervous. Previously we've only had diamond pythons.

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