Ticks on your dog… They can be very creepy and could even carry diseases. Experts warn that this year will be a particularly bad year for ticks. They also remind us that the disease is increasing in incidence in new places.
If your dog plays in wooded areas, once in a while he’ll probably pick up a tick or two … even if you use prevention. That’s because even the toxic, carcinogenic pharmaceutical products aren’t 100% tick proof.
Good news! tick-borne diseases are not transmitted immediately. Also,If your dog is bitten by ticks within 24 to 36 hours, it’s unlikely that he will become infected.
This is what it meansIt is important to quickly remove ticks from your dog. NicerAbode has a list of home remedies to remove dog ticks.
NATURAL FLEA AND TICK SPRAY
A chemical-free spray is now available that will protect your dog against potentially harmful pests such as ticks and fleas, and also soothes itching from bites.
How to Get Rid of Ticks on Dogs
The first rule is to get ticks off your dog quickly. Ticks should be removed within 24 to 36 hours after a bite. You should check your dog every day if he’s outside in tick-infested areas. If your dog has been out in tick-infested areas, you should check him.
Ticks love to be between his toes and in his groin. They love the area around their anus, tails and eyelids.
Make sure you can easily see the tick
Your fingers should be used to part your dog’s hair around its tick.
Grab hold of the tick
Place thetweezersAs close to the skin as possible, wrap your arms around the tick. You should not twist or jerk your tick. Use aTick removal toolPlace the large opening above the tick as close as possible to your skin (I like the TickKey). Slide the tool so that the tick is in narrow slot at end.
Grab the tick
Gently pull thetweezersWith steady hands, move upwards. You can pull the tick away by applying pressure. Use aTick removal toolContinue to slide the tick key along the skin in the same direction. The tick will be released, including the head.
Clean the Area
Use rubbing alcohol, iodine or soap and water to clean the bite area.
Get Rid of the Tick
You can either dispose of the tick in the following ways: wrap it in tape, flush it down the toilet, or kill it with alcohol. For testing purposes, you can save the tick in alcohol if you are concerned about tick disease.
Dog ticks: What Not to Do
You know how to get rid of a tick from your dog. Here’s what you shouldn’t do.
DO NOT…Remove ticks using your fingersAlthough I admit that I do it sometimes. Use a paper towel or tissue if you need to do this. After washing your hands, rinse them with soap and water. Tick saliva and blood are not something you want on your hands. You should also clean your dog’s bite area.
DO NOT…Squish or crush a tick. This can cause infected body fluids to enter the tick’s mouth. This increases your risk of infection.
DO NOT…Be careful if the tick’s mouthpart remains on your dog’s skinIt can happen. Sometimes it can happen when the splinters are really well embedded. It’s like a splinter that will come out after a few days.
DO NOT…You can put nail polish, vaseline, or repellents on your tickYou should try to kill or suffocate it. This can increase the chance of the tick transferring to your dog.
DO NOT…Light a cigarette to burn the tickHot match. They can also cause vomiting.
DO NOT…Toss the tick in the trashcan or into the sinkThey can easily crawl back out. They can easily climb back.
Dogs with tick diseases
Different ticks carry different diseases and are unique to specific areas. These are the most common tick-borne diseases that you need to know about, and where they can be found most frequently.
Lyme Disease ( Borrelia Burgorfei).
Type of tick:Blacklegged tick or deer tickIxodes scapularis(
The highest incidence:Northeast and Upper Midwest USA; becoming more common in western Pennsylvania, Pittsburg
Erlichiosis (Erlichiosis canis)
Tick Type: Lone star tick (Ambylomma americanum(
The highest incidence:The eastern and south-central US
Anaplasmosis (Anaplasma phagocytophilium or Anaplasma platyu)
Tick Type:Deer tick or blacklegged (Ixodes scapularisOrIxodes pacificus(
The highest incidence:Northeast and upper midwest, Pacific Coast
Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (Rickettsia rickettsii)
Type of tick: American dog tick (Dermacentor variabilisRocky Mountain wood tickDermacentor andersonni), brown dog tickRhipicephalus sangunineus(
The highest incidence:Arkansas, Delaware and Missouri. North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Missouri, North Carolina, Missouri, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Tennessee.
Babesiosis (Babesia microti)
Tick Type:Blacklegged tickIxodes scapularis(
The highest incidence:Northeast and Upper Midwest
American Canine Hepatozoonosis, Hepatozoon canis/Hepatozoon americanum
This is an emerging disease that’s quite rare but worth mentioning because it’s not spread by a tick bite, but by dogs eating infected ticks …
This could happen if the dog eats tick-laden prey.
Ticks can cause severe illness. It’s important that ticks are removed from your dog before it is done by him!
It is found in the southeast and south-central United States.
Is there tick disease in your area?
Check the following to determine if tick disease is prevalent near you:Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC).You can find interactive maps of the US and Canada on their website.Website. These maps illustrateThe 2019 prevalence of Lyme disease, Erlichiosis, and Anaplasmosis is…
Keep these facts in mind as you look at this dataThis CAPC website is sponsored by the major pharmaceutical companies. You know, the companies who make money when you buy their tick products!