The tick is a common parasite, at any time of the year. To avoid the diseases they can transmit, inspect your Dog from Ticks often, learn how to remove the tick yourself, and above all protect your dog beforehand.
Spot a tick on the dog
On the lookout in the grass or bushes, even in the corner square, the tick waits for the passage of an animal to fall on it. She prefers an area with thin skin (head, neck, ears, etc.).
The tick head stuck in dog‘s skin, allowing it to suck blood for several days before it detaches to lay eggs.
The tick thus transmits to your dog bacteria, viruses, or micro-parasites which will spread in his blood and cause sometimes very serious pathologies.
The presence of a tick is not easy to guess because it does not necessarily cause itching and your dog may not scratch. It is by brushing it or giving it a bath that you will locate it between its hairs.
The periods of highest risk are spring and autumn, but ticks are present all year round.
How to remove a tick from a dog?
Use a specially adapted hook, which you will find on the market.
Slide it over the dog’s skin, parting the hairs, and hold the tick between the two arms of the hook, while rotating it a few times.
This will cause the tick’s teeth to lose their grip. And you can gently pull out the entire body of the parasite.
Clean the wound with a healer.
Don’t pull on the tick to loosen it as you will only be removing its abdomen. And its head will remain embedded in your dog’s skin. It would become very difficult to completely get rid of it.
Protecting your dog against ticks
1st reflex: antiparasitic treatment. These products in pipettes or spray, to be applied to the dog. Make it possible to eliminate the ticks which are on the animal.
90% of ticks are eliminated during the first 48 hours, after fixation. And before the period of high risk of transmission of bacteria and parasites.
2nd reflex: inspect your animal very regularly. When he returns from a walk, examine his coat and check for ticks with a brush. Part the hair well in the areas where the skin is the thinnest and wrinkled.
The sooner you remove a tick with the help of tick remover for cats, the less time it will have to infect your dog.
Finally, there are vaccines against some of the diseases transmitted by ticks and fleas. They can be administered around the age of 3 or 5 months and protect very exposed dogs.
Your veterinarian will be able to assess the degree of exposure and risk of your animal. And plan, if necessary, a vaccination.
These measures are important not only for the health of your animal but also for yours and that of your loved ones because some of these diseases can be transmitted to humans, with sometimes serious consequences. These are zoonoses. Don’t take any sort of risks.