Dog ticks are a common site for all pet parents. Their furry babies are an easy prey of these annoying insects. Ticks are doubly harmful as they not only damage the pet’s health but also transmit diseases causing bacteria and viruses to the host dog. Typically active during the warm climates, these parasites suck the host dog’s blood and make them debilitated and susceptible to diseases.
These blood feeders are a potential threat to the dog’s health to the extent of paralyzing the pets. Diseases caused by these annoying insects when kept untreated may result in severe conditions that may even lead to the death of the dog. For all these reasons, ticks become a prime concern of pet parents and removing them becomes a ‘must-do’ activity of their routine pet care.
Using chemical pet supplies are one method of tick removal and another way is to apply natural tick treatments for dogs. In heavily infested areas, use of these pet products becomes a must but if there are only a few parasites on the pet’s skin then eliminating them by hands is enough.
Tips for removing ticks from the dog’s body
Know your pet’s bloodsuckers: Search thoroughly for ticks on your pet’s body. These pesky insects remain closer to the warm skin of the pet and like to hide in the fur. Their size can range from a pinhead to a fingernail size. The oval or round shaped pests are found in a wide range of colors starting from pale cream, grey and dark brown. So, make a careful search throughout the pet’s body. Also, be more watchful in places where they can easily hide.
Complete ‘body check-up’: Found neck deep in the dog’s skin, the ticks fix themselves up at any part on the dog’s body. Start the search from the top of the head and move across the body. Cover chest and belly area as well. Check in areas like legs, between the toes, pads of the feet, area under the ears, chin, neck region and area under his legs. Move your fingers like a comb and hunt for the ticks. Using an actual fine toothed comb is a good solution for pets with more fur.
How to remove ticks: Once you have located these parasites, use tools like a pair of tweezers to grab the ticks from the pet’s body. Use rubber tweezers so that it does not pinch the pet’s body. Pluck the tick from their head area and pull off slowly. Do not hold the body of the tick because plucking may result in half of its body part to remain inside the pet’s skin and may cause infection and diseases. Make sure not to twist the tweezers while removing the tick.
Disposing the tick: Place the detached tick in a small bowl containing rubbing alcohol. This will destroy it and block any chances of re-occurrence. Clean the pet’s skin with disinfectant. Applying antibiotic ointment is also a good solution. Take veterinarian guidance to find what will suit your pet – disinfectant or antibiotic.
Take veterinarian advice and get any additional pet supplies needed to treat dogs travelling in tick-infested areas. Just get rid of the bumpy insects and make the pet happy and healthy.