Ticks are irritating blood-sucking parasites that can be found on long grasses and along woodlands. Ticks are ever ready to attach to dogs whenever they can.
Ticks grip themselves firmly to dogs skin making them pretty difficult and painful to remove. Ticks bury their sharp mouthparts into your pets delicate skin holding on tightly while they feed generously on your pet's blood.
Usually, ticks drop off on their own after they have fed to their satisfaction. However, this can take up to a few days, and by this time, the risk of infection is already high.
So dog owners are not advised to wait till they drop off on their own.
This article discusses techniques of getting rid of ticks on your dog
Gloves are essential safety items:
Ticks are carriers of diseases that can be harmful to dog owners and their family. So it is advisable that dog owners take on some preventive measure while trying to keep their pets safe.
Dog owners should wear gloves as a precautionary safety measure when getting rid of ticks on their dogs.
Make sure your dog is calm:
Tick removal can only be effective when your dog is quiet. Dog owners should ensure that the dog is relaxed and happy.
When the dog stays still, the is a higher chance of removing the tick in one piece rather than when your pet is moving around which increases the risk of leaving a part of the tick behind in the dog skin which may result in infection.
Expose the tick:
Now, that your pet is in your desired position, dog owners can gently part the area around where the tick is with one hand and gently use a tick hook to pull out the tick with the other hand.
Dog owners should take note that when ticks are found in sensitive areas such as the ear canal, extra care is required. Dog owners should consult with a vet.
Gently pull the tick out, twist if necessary
Tick hooks or twisters are highly effective in getting parasites detached from your pet's body in one pull with squeezing.
Tick hooks or twisters can be purchased from local vets or supermarkets. It is important that dog owners follow the instructions on these materials in order not to harm their pets.
Dispose of the tick:
Disposing of the tick is as important as removing the tick. This is so as to forestall a reoccurrence of the tick clinging to your pet or a family member.
It is advisable to drop the tick into a container that can be sealed and then dog owners can pour alcohol on them before disposing of in the bin.
Pet-friendly antiseptic should be applied to the area where the tick is pulled out. The gloves should be properly disposed, and dog owners should wash their hands properly.
Disinfectant or antiseptic should be added to the tick hooks, and same should be appropriately stored for future use.
Dog owners should give rewards or treats after tick removing:
Dog owners should endeavor to reward their pets with a lot of attention, gifts, or treats for their excellent behavior after successfully removing the tick from their body.
Pet monitoring is important!
Ticks should be removed once they are noticed. This reduces the chances of it spreading the disease to your dog.
However, it is not in all cases that these ticks are discovered on time, so there is a chance that your dog may have been exposed to the disease that the tick carries. In the weeks to months after taking off the tick, dog owners should pay attention in case their dogs show any symptom of illness.Common errors to avoid when removing a dog tick
- Mistake #1 – Removing a tick with your fingers
- Mistake #2 – Crushing a tick
- Mistake #3 – Smothering a tick with nail polish or petroleum jelly
- Mistake #4 ¬– Burning a tick to remove it
- Checking for ticks on your dog
- Check your dog thoroughly after 'walkies.
- Use a hairdryer to find ticks on long-haired pooches
- Watch out for scratching and biting.
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