Dealing with ticks on dogs is one of the most common dilemmas faced by dog owners.
Ticks are almost invisible to the naked eye and are pretty hard to avoid as they inhabit many different environments. Ticks can cause some pretty serious diseases to your pet, so it’s important to identify and get rid of them quickly.
Dealing with Ticks on Dogs: Symptoms
Tick bites have no direct symptoms. It’s only when the disease they carry infects your dog, does it become apparent that they have ticks. Symptoms caused by ticks are not specific and may cover a wide spectrum of issues. These may range from a loss of appetite, weight loss, bleeding disorders and or vomiting.
Dealing with Ticks on Dogs: Searching for ticks
You can comb your dog’s hair and look for ticks yourself with a magnifying glass, or take them to your veterinarian for a check-up. Ticks can get embedded into your pet’s skin making it itchy and red.
If you’ve spotted a tick, you’ll want to try and get it removed before it begins to become embedded deeply. Owners often confuse ticks with other skin conditions, so get a vet’s opinion before it becomes too late. Dogs do not pick up a disease from ticks instantly, but the chances of contracting one increases the more time a tick stays in contact with your pet.
Dealing with Ticks on Dogs: Removing a tick
Removing a tick isn’t too complicated. You can do it at home if it isn’t deeply embedded. Take a tweezer and gently lift the tick off the skin. Don’t pull quickly as your goal is to pull it out all in one piece. Leaving a part of the tick behind in the skin may later cause an infection.
Once you’ve removed the tick, clean the area with a disinfectant like rubbing alcohol. Regardless if you’ve become of a tick on your pet early, you should still set up an appointment with your vet. They will check to make sure the tick has been entirely removed and will also run some blood tests to make sure your dog is virus-free.