Ticks on Dogs
Icky, icky ticks. Fleas and mosquitoes aren’t the only critters you need to protect your pets from. Ticks and dogs are another summertime nuisance..
Do you remember that time when you got back from camping and your parents did a “tick check” on you? Your pooch needs these, too.
Ticks are common parasites that can be found anywhere, and they can give your beloved pet some serious diseases. The most common disease that ticks spread is called Lyme disease, and it can affect humans too.
If you find a tick on your pooch, here is how to remove a tick from a dog:
- Get prepared: Never remove a tick with bare hands because ticks carry infective agents that can enter your bloodstream through open cuts or scrapes. So put on some latex or rubber gloves.
- Enlist a helper: Your pet is going to squirm. It will make removing the tick a lot easier if someone is soothing and calming your pet down. Encourage each other to comfort your pet as much as possible the entire time you’re working with him.
- Removal: Treat the area with rubbing alcohol first. Then, using a pair of tweezers, grab the tick as closely to your pet’s skin as possible. Pull straight up to remove the tick. It is very important to not twist or jerk the tick. This is because if the tick’s mouth isn’t removed from your pet’s skin, it can cause an infection. It is important that all of the tick and its body parts be removed from your pet.
- Clean Up: Cleanse your pet’s affected skin again with rubbing alcohol. Be sure to thoroughly wash your hands with warm water and soap.
Also, your best bet for killing the tick is to find a jar and put some rubbing alcohol in it.
Then, ask your vet about a treatment for your pooch that protects against ticks, fleas and other pesky critters.
Did your dog ever have a tick? What did you do? Tell us in the comments!