Save your furry friend from the voracious bloodsuckers – THE TICKS. Ticks are troublesome ectoparasites that may cause various problems for your pets. Although ticks cause problems during all seasons, when the temperature rises and your dog spent more time outside, the pets are subjected to a greater threat of ticks and tickborne diseases. Spotting these tiny bloodsuckers in your pet’s fur isn’t a cup of tea! Even the most vigilant pet parents could be confronted with an unwelcome encounter with these pests. So here we are to your rescue and provide you a scoop on how to tackle ticks in your dog.
HOW TO DO A TICK CHECK?
Run your finger through your dog’s fur applying gentle pressure, if your dog has ticks, you might feel small bumps.
check head and Ears- Dogs are curious animals, sticking their heads everywhere and into everything, so it’s not uncommon for ticks to find their way onto the head and into your dog’s ear. With so many crevices and hiding places, these spots make a near-perfect home for hungry tick
If your dog is shaking his head and scratching at his ear, it’s a sure sign that something is off, and you’ll want to take a look.
Check Paws- ticks favor places where they won’t be found, crawling in between your dog’s toes and attaching there is a common occurrence. You can find them in-between the toes or even on the bottom of their paw. If you notice your dog licking or chewing his feet, there might be something troubling him, and that something could be a tick.
Tail- Ticks like dark, moist areas, so the underside of the tail makes a great home. Since most owners do not regularly check the underside of the dog’s tail, especially near the base, a tick can go unnoticed for quite a long time.
Groin- Most dog owners aren’t keen on checking their dog’s genital regions. However, this area is another dark, moist region on the body that ticks really like hanging around in.
Eyelids- many ticks go unnoticed near the eyelids because they’re mistaken for skin tags or eye discharge.
Under the Collar- Many dogs rarely have their collar taken off. Ticks can become attached underneath your dog’s collar without anyone noticing, usually until their population becomes large.
wHICH DISEASES DO TICK CAUSE AND WHAT ARE THEIR SYMOTOMS?
- Lyme Disease
The most common symptom is lameness.
Joint swelling. And stiffness.
Your pet may have increased thirst, increase urination.
Lameness and stiffness of joint.
Bruising of gums and belly.
- Rocky mountain spotted fever
- Canine Babesiosis
HOW TO REMOVE TICK FROM YOUR DOG
using a pair of tweezers is the most common and effective way to remove a tick. One should use fine-point tweezers, to avoid tearing of tick and spreading possible infections into the bite area.
Spread your dog’s fur, then grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible. Be gentle, pull straight upward, in a slow, steady motion. This will prevent the tick’s mouth from breaking off and remaining embedded in the skin.
WAYS TO GET RID OF TICKS
TREAT THE HOUSE AND LAWN
Keeping your lawn, bushes and trees trimmed will help reduce the population of ticks in your backyard. If there will be fewer areas for ticks to live and breed, there will be fewer of them to be concerned with. If you still have a problem, there are several household and backyard sprays to check the population of ticks. You just have to be careful when using these products, as they can be harmful to your pet as well.
CHECK YOUR DOG
After a romp outside in areas where tick could be lurking, be sure to carefully check your dog for ticks. If you do find one attached to your dog, removal should be done immediately and carefully, making sure to get all parts of the tick’s body removed from the skin of the dog.
Bathing your dog with a shampoo that contains medicated ingredients will generally kill ticks on contact. This can prevent your dog from tick during the peak tick season. You will need to repeat the process more often, about every two weeks.
Powders are another method of topical medication, tick powders work to kill and repel ticks from your dog. These powders should be used with care during application. Be sure that the powder you are using is labeled for dog use, as well as for your dog’s specific age. Very fine powders can be an irritant to the mouth or lungs if inhaled, so use small amounts and slowly rub them into the skin.
Collars that repel tick are an additional preventive that can be used, though they are mainly only useful for protecting the neck and head from a tick. The tick collar needs to make contact with your dog’s skin to transfer the chemicals onto the dog’s fur and skin. When putting this collar on, make sure that there is enough room to fit two fingers under the collar when it’s around the dog’s neck. Watch for signs of discomfort (eg excessive itching) in case an allergic reaction to the collar occurs.
A dip is a concentrated chemical that needs to be diluted in water and applied to the animal’s fur with a sponge or poured over the back. This treatment is not meant to be rinsed off after application. The dip should not be used for very young animals or pregnant or nursing pets.
Note that ticks are potential vectors of many diseases in Dogs, as well as in humans. Always visit your vet in case your dog has a severe infestation of ticks.
HAPPY PET PARENTING!!