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Any pet parent is aware of the dreaded tick. Household pets commonly suffer from tick-infestations some or other time in their lives. No matter how careful you are with your dog, he/she may pick up ticks on their walks/playtime outdoors. Ticks can cause some serious diseases, and as a pet parent, it is your responsibility to free your dog off ticks. Before we begin discussing the steps you can take to treat tick bites on dogs, let's learn a little more about ticks.
Ticks are arachnids, just like mites and spiders.
They are parasitic and feed on blood from their hosts. While there are many
species of ticks, the most common is the dog tick. Ticks are found all over the
world. They live in bush and grassland and happen to be the most active in
Spring, Summer, and Fall. Ticks usually attach themselves to a dog's feet,
ears, head, and neck. However, when the infestation intensifies, you may be
able to find them in any part of your dog's body.
to find ticks
Ticks can come in various sizes, but even smaller
ticks are visible to the naked human eye. What makes it difficult to find ticks
is that they tend to settle beneath your dog's fur, hidden from view. If you
want to locate ticks on your dog's body, your best bet is to feel your dog with
your hand. You should be able to notice where the ticks are when you do this.
to do after you’ve located your dog’s ticks?
If you’ve located the problem areas where you think
ticks have settled on your dog’s body, you need to rub alcohol on these areas
first. Do not try to remove the ticks with your bare hands as contact with tick
blood carries infection. Instead, be ready with a set of tweezers and carefully
pluck the tick out from your dog’s fur. Ensure that you remove the tick
completely, including its biting head.
While you can take steps to battle your dog's tick
infestation on your own, it is not advised. You do not possess the kind of
knowledge that a vet does, and a vet will be able to help remove the ticks from
your dog's body more efficiently. Also, your vet will be equipped to test your
dog's blood for any sign of disease or infection that could have transferred
from the tick.
If your dog shows any symptoms of tick-borne
diseases such as weakness, anemia, or lameness, your vet can administer
antibiotics to help them recover.
Never take a
tick-bite lightly; ticks can cause some major diseases in your dog, such as
respiratory paralysis, endangering your dog's life.