Ticks are pesky creatures which often emerge during the warmer months of the year and carry diseases which can harm your dog – or even you! Ticks aren’t only inconvenient and painful, but they are also very dangerous and can transmit diseases within just 24 hours of a bite! Therefore, it is essential to know how to remove a tick from your dog to keep both of you, as well as any of your other pets, safe and healthy!
What are ticks and where do they come from?
Before you begin the process of relieving your dog from these parasites, you should know how your dog may have gotten exposed to these ticks. Ticks do not only spread diseases, but can also be extremely painful and itchy, and can seriously deteriorate your pet’s health.
Ticks often emerge during the warm months of the year – but can appear at any time – and live in undergrowth and grasses. If your dog loves to wander in the garden or parks, they’re prone to being exposed to such bugs. Checking for ticks should be a regular procedure for your dog, as a single tick can do extreme harm within a short amount of time, and if left unnoticed can lead to an infestation!
Checking for ticks
These parasites often infest areas such as the face, ears or neck, but can also latch themselves onto any exposed skin on your pet. To check for ticks, sit your dog down and check through their fur for any signs of these small oval-shaped bugs. They’re touch is usually hard and can vary in size, growing from the head of a pin to being the size of a fingernail at times.
The process of removal
First, gather equipment. Before you begin the process, make sure you have:
- clean tweezers,
- disinfectant cream or spray
- isopropyl alcohol
- a container with a lid
After you have all your necessary items ready, choose which method of removal you would like to follow. A common and easy method is removal using tweezers, which involves the following steps:
- Keep your pet calm. Sit beside your pet and make sure they are calm and can remain steady throughout the process to avoid any panic or attempts of escape.
- Spread apart the hair surrounding the area of the tick for a clear view of the parasite.
- Carefully grasp the tick as close to your dog’s skin as possible and tug at it with a straight steady movement to pull it out. Do not attempt to twist the tick around as this might leave behind some of its mouthparts.
- Drop the tick into the open container with rubbing alcohol in order to kill it and then close the lid to stop it from escaping or jumping onto any other nearby hosts – including you.
- Using your disinfectant spray or cream, clean the area of the tick’s bite thoroughly with cotton pads to ensure sanitization.
- Inspect the bite and its progression over the next few hours. If the bite seems infected or red even after the vet is removed, contact your vet and schedule an appointment to check that no diseases or infections have been passed to your dog.
Check your pet for any other signs of ticks, and keep a close eye on your dog for the next few weeks to make sure they don’t exhibit any signs of fatigue, illnesses or detrimental health.
If you have any other pets, make sure to check them for ticks as well as ticks can travel easily between hosts!