How to Get Rid of Ticks on Your Dogs Quickly and Efficiently!
2 June, 2015
With spring in full bloom and summer on the way, it is inevitable that your dog will be outside playing and tromping through grass and fields. You and your pup will be out on walks, hikes and anywhere and everywhere were fleas and/or ticks usually linger. Therefore, it’s always a good idea that you implement a tick check on your dog after your dog has spent some time outdoors.
Do a tick check on your dog’s body and then check your family
Don’t count on repellants to do the work for you as it can take one to two days for an attached tick to transmit an infection to its host, your dog, and it’s important to promptly get rid of these parasites. First, run your fingers slowly over your dog’s entire body. If you feel a bump or swollen area, check to see if a tick has burrowed there. Don’t limit your search to your dog’s torso: check between his toes, under his armpits, the insides of his ears, and around his face and chin.
Better do a tick check!
Make sure to check for ticks on your family members. Dogs can’t directly transmit tick-borne illnesses to people, but ticks can move from host to host. A tick may enter your home on your dog’s back and move on to another pet or person, or a tick could hitch a ride on you and then move on to one of your pets. A good tick prevention strategy includes checking all family members for these parasites, especially after outdoor activities in wooded, grassy areas.
What does a tick look like?
Ticks can be black, brown, or tan, and they have eight legs. Ticks are arachnids and related to spiders, not insects. They can also be tiny—some tick species are only as large as the head of a pin—so look carefully. Be sure to check inside and behind his ears and around his eyes, all favorite tick hiding places.
Ticks transmit several diseases that can cause severe illness and even death in both dogs and humans, so keeping your dog tick-free is a top priority. Huge numbers of tick eggs hatch each spring, and the young ticks climb onto grasses and other vegetation. Their sticky shells help them to cling to passing animals, including your adventurous pet dog.
Ticks quickly climb down the hair, attach to the skin, and begin to suck blood, only dropping off hours or days later when they are engorged. In the meantime, any microorganisms that were hitching a ride inside this insect traveler are transmitted to your dog through the tick’s mouth.
Use a tick and flea protection during the spring and summer months
Use a tick preventive during the spring and summer months. Several products on the market kill both fleas and ticks. You can apply these products monthly to the skin at the back of your dog’s neck. Ask your veterinarian to recommend the most effective product for your dog. But, as mentioned above, always check for ticks after an outdoor outing in addition to a flea and tick prevention product.
If your dog has a tick on him or her, follow the below steps to get rid of the ticks.
1. Make sure to have a pair of gloves, a clean pair of tweezers or a commercial tick remover, antiseptic, Isopropyl alcohol. Wear gloves if you remove with your fingers.
2. Use a pair of tweezers to grasp the head of the tick where it attaches to the skin.
3. Pull on the tick gently and steadily. If you yank the tick away from your dog too quickly, you’ll leave part of the tick’s mouth behind, which can cause an infection.
4. In about 20 to 30 seconds, the tick’s mouth will release its grasp and the tick will come away cleanly. Dab some disinfectant on your dog on the bitten area, being extremely careful if you’re around your dog’s eyes and kill the tick by placing it in alcohol.
5. Next, save the dead tick in a re-sealable plastic bag, labeled with the date on which the tick was found. This may sound weird and kind of gross, but if your dog becomes ill, you may need to identify the species of tick that bit him.
Never remove a tick with your bare hands, and never crush a tick between your fingers. If you do, you put yourself at risk of contracting Lyme disease or one of the other tick-borne diseases.
If your dog becomes ill and you recently found a tick on him, make sure to call your vet immediately. Most tick-borne diseases can be treated successfully if a diagnosis is made immediately and appropriate treatment initiated. With daily tick checks and/or prevention, you can avoid anything serious.
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