Dog Ticks…ewwww!


Dog Ticks are very common within the canine world and they are harmless to your dog if you catch it in time and react quickly.tick1

You’ll notice the tick as it will be the size of a bean and it will become a leathery pest that balloons once it is full.

They usually live within wooded areas or big fields as they sit on the edge of long pieces of grass, bushes, trees etc. as these hosts brush against the grass they cling onto the coat of the animal and begin to feed.



Tick targets on your dogs body

The furred and hard to reach regions on your pets body such as the ears, armpits and between the toes are prime tick targets, but ticks can be found anywhere on your pet. Most of the time, your dog won’t even feel the bite, tick bites almost never get infected or become sore so do not threat once you have discovered and removed the tick.


Tick-borne diseases

Many diseases are spread by ticks because their saliva transmits microscopic organisms when they bite.

Usually, a tick MUST be feeding tick3on a pet for at least 12 hours for the dog to become infected, so prompt and appropriate removal can prevent most diseases here are two diseases that dogs and sometimes even people can get from ticks.

Lyme disease- is the best known and most common tick disease. It takes 12 to 24 hours of sucking for the tick to transmit the disease. Dogs with lymes disease usually limp; acts depressed and have a high fever. Rarely, they can also have a bulls eye rash pattern on the skin, nut fur makes this hard to see. This disease can be treated with antibiotics.

Tick paralysis- is believed to be caused by a neurotoxin in the tick saliva that slowly paralyzes the dog over a 48 to 72 period. If you remove all of the ticks then the paralysis will usually go within a day or so.



How do I keep ticks away from my dog?

To keep ticks away from your pet, apply a topical tick treatment such as Frontline. Just a drop between the shoulder blades once a month should keep your pet tick-free.



How do I remove a tick?

Do not use your fingers to remove the tick. Simply use blunt-tipped tweezers or hemostat which is like a clamp, from local pet shops. Wear disposable gloves and be very careful to not crush the tick’s body as you remove it. Grasp the body very close to the pets skin and ticks mouthparts and pull it straight out with a slight turning action, slowly and gently. This will allow the mouth parts to slide back out easily.




Follow up care

It’s a good idea to wash the tick bite with an antiseptic wipe or liquid to remove and residual tick parts. When you remove a tick, it is normal for a small, pimple-size bump to be left behind. That should go away with 1 to 2 days, if it hasn’t and it starts to grow bigger than a pea size then you should ask your veterinarian to take a further look.tick6

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