Ticks on dogs

№1 Dog’s Enemy: Ticks on Dogs. 2 Steps of Successful Removal

If you own a dog, you are certainly fond of long enjoyable walks via the emerald woodland with your pet breathing in fresh crisp air filling the neighborhood on a beautiful sunny day. They are so life-asserting and cheery for you both, these walks but be aware that hazards may be hiding at each step. Hazards? Is there something that can really overshadow such a beautiful day? Yes, alas, if you have ever encountered ticks, you know how much trouble they may cause. These tiny blood-sucking monsters (well, arthropods, to be more precise) are really dangerous in spite of their infinitesimal size. And their species are numerous, besides, have you known? Some most common are Deer, Brown Dog, Lone Star, and American Dog tick species. Why are they dangerous, well mostly because of their life style. What they do is sitting in ambush for a prey in high grass or woody areas. And here you are with your pet enjoying your carefree walk, unconscious that you may be attacked by the enemy anytime. Warmth and movements attract these parasites. Your dog is a perfect target. Once they get on the body on a mammal they find a place with little or no hair. On a dog these are the areas around the ears, between the toes, within skin folds, in crevices. When they reach their destination they plunge their mouthparts inside the skin of a poor animal, attach themselves with a deadly grasp and start their bloody feast. Until they finish their feeding, there are no chances that they will detach while health risk is considerable. The worst thing they do is transmitting diseases. That’s why it’s so important to find out known methods of tick removal from dogs.

tick on a dog

How to Remove a Tick?

  1. First of all, you need to detect your enemy and that is no trifling matter. Be aware that ticks can exist in their four life stages – eggs, larvae, nymphs, and adults and each one, apart from eggs, can attach themselves. Besides, to know the enemy in the face, learn that these arthropods can be as small as a pencil point and, when engorged, as big as a lima bean. Wear latex gloves, run your hands through your pet’s hair, pay a special attention to the risk areas mentioned above.
  2. Next step is about making a direct use of the removal tools. If you don’t have special ones, tweezers will work. Once you’ve spotted an arthropod and wonder how to remove it from a dog, it’s important not to make a bustle out of this responsible matter. Grasp the parasite with your removal tool, trying not to squeeze its body as it may inject hazardous substances. Pull it straight out slowly yet steadily.

removing a tick from a dog pictures

Sometimes it’s hard to pull out a whole arthropod and its head remains in the skin. Normally, it’s not a reason to be concerned. Try to pull out the head. If some part of it still remains, it should fall off in the next couple of days. Sometimes you pull out an arthropod with a part of your pet’s skin. Do not worry either. The wound will heal quickly. After removal wash the area of the bite with a mild soap and watch it for the next few days. The only thing you may be concerned about whether your pet is infected or not. If you notice that the bite area is still irritated and doesn’t heal or other abnormal reactions in your pet’s behavior (they maybe: fever, weakness, lameness, joint swelling, difficulty walking leading to paralysis), contact a vet immediately.

It’s no joke, a tick can cause serious health risk to dogs as well as humans. It’s good to know how to remove them as one of the life charms is that it’s so unpredictable. Of course, we all await only pleasant surprises on our life path, though, who knows what can happen. When you possess valuable knowledge, you feel more confident and, therefore, invulnerable.

Ticks on dogs
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