Removing Ticks from Dogs Without Hurting Them: A Simple Guide

Some people say that a dog is man’s best friend. If that has proven true in your case, your friend needs tremendous care. Your free-spirited canine, though susceptible to many illnesses from time to time, is likely to pick up ticks along their outdoors journey. This is a concern for dog owners as some ticks have proven lethal to dogs. What do you do when you’ve noticed that your dog is suffering from an attack by ticks? To prevent is better than to cure, but if you didn’t have any preventatives in place to repel ticks from your dogs, here’s how to remove ticks when your dog picks them up along the way.

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Note: While you remove ticks from your dog, ensure you’re safe. Ticks do latch themselves to human hosts. In fact, the deer tick is widely known for spreading Lyme Disease to humans.

How to Remove Ticks from A Dog

  1. Use a tweezer. Do not attempt to remove the tick with your bare hands.
  2. When holding the tweezer, resist the urge to twist or jerk while pulling up the tick. Your aim is to ensure that your dog’s skin is not exposed to any substance that is expelled from a tick in case it pops.
  3. Do not act hastily. Try not to be in a hurry. This is to guarantee that the entire tick is pulled up.
  4. After removing the tick, save it. It can be stored in a container with isopropyl alcohol. Label the container with the time and date the tick was removed, along with where the tick was picked up (if possible).
  5. Clean the dog’s wound and the tweezer with antiseptic. Best and safe practice is to wash your hands.
  6. Watch the bitten area. This is to ensure that an infection does not occur.
  7. Unsure of the type of tick you pulled out? Get it tested to ensure your dog isn’t exposed to toxins or pathogens that some ticks carry.

Removing ticks from your canine is not fun, they do hurt your canine. Hence, to ensure your dog is kept safe, use reputable products to repel and get rid of ticks.

Main Ticks Affecting Dogs

There are a smorgasbord of ticks lurking around to feast on your dog’s blood. However, there are 2 main species of ticks that are prone to invade your dog’s personal space. These include the Brown Dog Tick and the Paralysis Tick. For a list of ticks that may affect your dogs, here’s a list we recommend.

  • Brown Dog Ticks – Prefers to latch on to dogs. In fact, to demonstrate their love for dogs, they seldom bite humans. While the Brown Dog Tick relish humid climates and complete its life cycle in houses and kennels, it may also adaptto colder climates around the world. In most cases, they thrive in areas where other ticks find inhospitable. This tick does not pose a threat to humans in terms of transmitting diseases. However, it does bear the organism that is responsible for anaplasmosis and erlichiosis in cats and dogs.
  • Paralysis Tick – This tick is only situated on the East Coast of Australia. The Paralysis Tick is dangerous and can prove lethal to domestic animals through a toxin that causes paralysis. Each year, around 80,000 cases of tick toxicosis is treated in Australia.

 

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The Deer Tick

Ticks are common enemies, especially for individuals residing in Western or rustic areas. The deer tick, infamous for snacking on deer, is common for contracting the Lyme disease. According to the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), Lyme ticks can be reversed or cured with the application of an antibiotic. However, if left undiagnosed or untreated, it can be fatal to humans.

Continue reading >>> Deer Ticks and Lyme Disease

 

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Identifying deer ticks: Adult male ticks bear a dark brown complexion and a dorsal shield