Ticks are common pet parasites that could lurk in damp, bushy, wooded, or grassy areas — they could even thrive on sandy beaches.Preventing and Removing TICKS in DOGS – If a nasty tick lands onto an animal — like your cat, dog, or even you — it would latch on and live on its host’s blood. These pests are typically most active during spring, summer, and fall, although they are very hardy and could survive at harsh temperatures below freezing. They multiply quickly, but they could be prevented and eradicated with effective treatments.
So why should you still be alarmed? Ticks could carry and transmit various diseases, like Lyme, Typhus, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Ehrlichiosis, and Tick Paralysis.
Preventing and Removing TICKS in DOGS
How Do You Spot a Tick?
Give your pets a thorough visual check whenever they come in from outside. Since these parasites like to lurk in dark areas, closed spots, such as your dog’s insides of ears, between their toes and footpads, in their armpits, and under their tail. Check your dog all thoroughly, just to be safe.
Ewe, I spot one! How do I get it off my dog? Here’s the easiest method to remove a nasty tick:
Swab the little bloodsucker with rubbing alcohol, which could annoy it into slackening its bite.
Then use a pair of tweezers to grab the parasite right at its head and firmly pull without twisting. Don’t try to burn it off (you are likely to burn yourself or your dog) or to try to smother it with Vaseline (this doesn’t work, and it makes it even grosser).
To destroy the tick when you’ve successfully removed it, pour rubbing alcohol on it. Do not even try to squash the tick with your fingers; its insides can transmit various diseases.
Lastly, clean your dog’s tick bite with rubbing alcohol and put a layer of antibiotic ointment on the area. You might notice a bit of swelling around the bite because ticks have toxic saliva. Nevertheless, the swelling would go down relatively soon. And don’ forget to wash your hands well.
If you are worried about the diseases ticks could’ve transmitted to your dog, take your pet to the veterinarian for a quick check-up.
Eliminate anything from your home or backyard that ticks might lurk and multiply in, including old empty boxes, stored firewood, and old newspaper.
Keep the grass on your lawn short. Limit your dog’s access — and your own — to possible tick dens, including woodpiles, stone fences, wooded areas, and underbrush.
Always check yourself thoroughly and your dog for ticks every time you come inside your home.
Ticks are nasty, but they can be avoided. Make it a point to check your pets regularly for ticks, and you could also invest in medicated powders and shampoos to keep your dog tick-free.