Ticks are terrible news. They are home to several diseases, which when transmitted to your dog can result in a number of illnesses or even death. They severely affect human health as well; therefore, it is very important that you keep your pet tick free. In spring, a huge number of ticks hatch from their eggs, and cling to the grass and plants in your garden. So, when your adventurous dog ventures out, the sly tick secretly climbs on to your dog’s body (their sticky shells allow them to do so) and stays there for days until, it has sucked your dog’s blood and made him itchy and uncomfortable.
The best of repellants and medicines are unable to prevent these little monsters from attacking your pooch. Therefore, the safest way would be to keep your dog as tick ridden as possible.
Here are some preventive tips; you must follow to keep your dog (and yourself) away from ticks.
- Ticks are wildly active and growing during the months between April and September. Try to limit your pup’s exposure to dense vegetation and tall grasses as these are the areas that are tick infested and where, ticks usually hide.
- Examine your dog thoroughly. If it has been playing around in tick infested areas, scrutinize him immediately. First of all, slowly run your fingers on his body. If there is a swelling or bump, check well. Don’t restrict yourself to his torso alone, check under the armpits, his toes, the inner ear, face, chin, etc.
- There are various products that kill ticks. You can locate them at medical stores or supermarket shelves or ask your veterinarian for the most effective medicine. Apply them on the back of your dog’s neck (otherwise, he will end up licking the medicine if you apply it to any other area).
Things to Keep in Mind
- Ticks are not restricted to animals alone. They can cause illnesses in people as well. They move from one carrier to another. They may move around on you and then pass on to your canine family.
- When you come home from an outdoor activity in a leafy, wooded or grassy area, do a thorough checking.
- Ticks are not uniform in color; they may be brown, black or tan and have eight legs. Some ticks are very tiny, so, you must look very carefully while picking ticks from your dog’s body.
- Don’t pluck a tick with bare hands, or crush it in between your fingers. Doing so will put you at a risk of catching various harmful diseases, such as the Lyme disease.
- Some of the symptoms that dogs show when suffering from tick borne illnesses is lameness, arthritis, fatigue, fever, reluctance to move, swollen joints, loss of appetite, neurological problems, etc.
Steps You Must Follow for Tick Removal
Things You Will Need
- A pair of clean tweezers or a tick remover
- A pair of sanitized gloves
- An antiseptic
- Isopropyl alcohol
1. Put on the sanitized gloves in order to avoid any kind of contact with the ticks.
Method for tick removal using tweezers
- Seize the tick from your dog’s body. Pick it as closely as possible. However, don’t pinch your dog’s skin in the process. Be gentle.
- Pull it out in a steady, straight motion and make sure that the entire tick has been removed as leaving behind anything will lead to infection.
Method for tick removal using a tick remover
- Press the remover gently against the skin, where the tick is.
- Now slide the remover’s notch from under the tick.
- Continue to slide the remover till you’ve caught the tick in the notch. Pull it free.
Store the tick in a container containing isopropyl alcohol. This quickly kills the tick. God forbid, but if your dog begins to display any signs of an illness, borne by ticks, it is quite likely that your veterinarian might want to test or identify the tick. You must also label the container on the date; you put it in there for your vets consult.
Apply a disinfectant on your dog’s skin where, he’s been bitten. Be extremely careful, it is around your pet’s eyes. Wash your hands thoroughly afterwards.
Ticks are more troublesome than most of us imagine. Therefore, it is very important to keep your furry family tick free and healthy. We hope the above mentioned tips and instructions will help you ensure your dogs remain hale and hearty.
I have 4 dogs of my own and it is one task to keep them all tick free. I make sure that they do not get dirty, have regular baths and are vaccinated against ticks, every 3 months. But in the end, all this is worth it, as we all love our canine family very dearly. Hope you do so too.