Let’s start with the basic. A tick is a type of a parasite that attaches itself to your pooch’s skin, feasting on its blood. Infected ticks can spread numerous diseases to your dog. Thousands of canine tick-borne diseases are diagnosed annually. Many more still go un-diagnosed, therefore, untreated. A tick can possibly come in contact with your pooch’s skin from various sources- parks, from other animals or even human transportation. To know more about tick borne diseases, symptoms and how to prevent them, read on.
(1) How To Pick Them Off?
If your canine friend carries ticks home, you can carefully remove the parasite with a set of tweezers, but make sure to pinch off the whole of it as sometimes the head can get left behind. Proper technique involves squeezing at the base of the bite site, not pulling at the back end of the tick. Ticks are common in warmer, pocketed areas of the body like-
- Behind the ears.
- Inside the ear canal.
- Under the neck.
- Between the toes.
- Under the tails.
- Inside the groin area
See Fig 1 for the reference.
If you come across a tick on your bedding, carpets or your flooring, your pooch probably brought it in the house. If your pooch is affected with ticks, following are the common symptoms you must look for:
- Your pooch may develop fever
- A lot of head shaking
- The skin layer feels a little bumpy
Hygiene is utmost important. Invest in a good dog shampoo. This can be an inexpensive, though labor intensive method of protecting your furry friend during the peak tick season. You will need to repeat the process more often, maybe twice a month, as shampooing your pooch won’t last must longer.
Visit your pooch’s veterinarian for some medication and follow the routine as advised. Take appropriate action before the condition worsens. Maybe you are not a pro at picking the parasites, do not wait and risk since the tick-bore illness can be really bad for your dog. Routine visits will help you a great deal.
Isn’t it always better to take precautions rather than wandering for a cure later on? Here are some of the precautions that you can take to avoid a lot of ticks on your pooch:
- Keep your pooch away from known tick habitats like- dense, wooden vegetative areas. Identify tick habitat in your yard.
- Check your pooch for ticks every day, especially if they have been outside. Check your own home for ticks- if there is any.
- Use a tick/flea comb.
- Consider making a natural flea and tick remedy with apple cider vinegar.
- It’s of course very important to improve and maintain your dog’s immunity.
Ticks can be very tricky. They can possibly affect your dog’s health to a great extent. Do not overlook.
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