What To Do If You Find a Tick On Your Dog

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Our beloved pets are very susceptible to tick bites and the health of thousands of dogs across the United States are impacted each year due to a number of tick-related diseases. Left unnoticed and untreated, these bites can lead to very serious and painful symptoms for your beloved pet and even be fatal sometimes. Lyme disease, babesiosis, ehrlichiosis, and rocky spotted fever are only some of the most common diseases that these blood-suckers carry.  

Tick On Your Dog

What Are Ticks? 

Ticks are the size of an almond, making them almost impossible to notice unless you are specifically checking your pet for them. Ticks will typically hide and indulge on your pets ears, neck, or belly. 

Signs of a tick infestation – Tick scab on dog

Tick infestations can be difficult to detect, as ticks are often small and can hide in hard-to-reach areas, such as a dog’s ears, between their toes, and under their fur.

One of the most noticeable signs of a tick infestation is the presence of tick scabs on a dog’s skin. These scabs can be a sign that a tick has recently fed on the dog’s blood and may still be present on the skin. In addition, it’s not uncommon to find dried dead ticks on dogs, as well as dead ticks on dogs that have fallen off after feeding. 

Tick scabs on dogs can be small and reddish-brown in color, and may be surrounded by a halo of redness. If you find dried dead ticks on your dog or notice dead ticks on your dog that have fallen off, it’s also a sign that your dog has been infested with ticks.

Do Ticks Lay Eggs on Dogs?

The answer is yes, ticks do lay eggs on dogs. In fact, it’s one of the ways that ticks reproduce and spread in the environment.

Female ticks typically lay their eggs on the ground or in a sheltered location, such as under leaf litter or in a crevice. However, some species of ticks can also lay eggs on their host, including dogs.

How to Remove Ticks Properly

If you find a tick on your dog, it’s important to remove it properly to reduce the risk of disease transmission. Use tweezers or a tick removal tool to grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible and pull it straight out with a steady motion. Avoid twisting or squeezing the tick, as this can cause the mouthparts to break off and remain in your dog’s skin. 

The first, most important step before removing a tick is remembering to never jerk the tick out by its body. Tick’s latch their sharp teeth into their prey, so removing the tick by its body will leave its microscopic mouth into the bite wound. This can lead to dangerous infections. 

Burning the tick with a lighter to encourage it to let go of its strong bite on your dog is a common myth. This is because when the tick feels any threat or danger, it will only latch onto its prey harder. Typically, if the tick senses danger, such as fire. It may “split” its guts into the bite making exposure to the disease even higher. 

Removing a tick on your dog should be like performing a small surgery – strategic and thought-out. The more gentle you are with the blood sucker. The more likely you are to safely remove the tick from your dog. The best way to achieve this on your own is by using fine tweezers and pulling gently, upward, in a slow and steady motion. 

A few useful tips for you:

Use tick prevention products, There are a range of tick prevention products available for dogs, including tick collars, topical treatments, and oral medications. These products work by repelling ticks or killing them before they can attach to your dog’s skin. Some products may need to be applied monthly, while others may offer longer-term protection. Talk to your veterinarian about which tick-prevention product is right for your dog.

Ticks do not like the smell of lemon, orange, cinnamon, lavender, peppermint, and rose geranium. Applying a dry shampoo with any of these or a combination can help prevent your dog from getting ticks.

Perform regular tick checks

Performing regular tick checks on your dog is an important part of tick prevention. Check your dog’s skin and fur for any signs of ticks. Paying close attention to their ears, between their toes, and under their armpits. Use a fine-toothed comb to help you find any hidden ticks, and remove them as soon as you find them.

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