How To Recognise And Remove Ticks
Ticks are a nasty parasite that can cause a lot of problems in dogs. They usually pick them up when they are out and about on dog walks, particularly in places with long grass or dense forest. Ticks are nasty parasites who look for a host to feed from, and can pass diseases from one host (animal) to another.
Ticks latch onto your dog’s coat as they run by, and then embed themselves in their skin. They can cause Lyme disease, some common symptoms include lameness, swollen lymph nodes, loss of appetite, fever and swelling in the joints. If your dog starts showing any of these symptoms, take them to a vet immediately.
In order to prevent your dog getting Lyme disease or any infections as a result of ticks, they need to be identified and removed as soon as possible. If left, they feed off your dog’s blood and pass diseases.
During tick season try not to walk your dog in areas with dense grass and stick to the paths. Tick season is usually around springtime, but dogs can get ticks at any time in the year. Dog owners need to learn how to recognise and remove ticks.
One of the best things you can do is check your dog after every single dog walk. That way ticks won’t go unnoticed for days without being removed. When you get back from a dog walk feel every part of your dog’s body and look to see if you can spot any ticks. Check underneath their fur and in hard to reach areas such as their armpits and ears. You can also buy products that prevent ticks, click here to view all our flea and tick treatments for dogs.
Ticks are small, brown creatures that look a bit like tiny spiders, because they also have eight legs. If the tick has been on your dog’s skin for a while and feeding on its blood, it will look a bit like a mole or a small growth sticking out of their skin. Their body will be embedded in your dog’s skin.
There are lots of websites that give lots of different techniques to remove ticks. However, a lot of them won’t work properly and could cause more problems for your dog. You have to remove ticks with a special tick remover, which you hook around the tick and twist.
You need to make sure you get the whole body out, and don’t leave any part of the tick stuck in your dog’s skin. If you are unsure how to remove a tick properly, take your dog to the vet to get it removed as soon as possible. Here is a little information about ticks from the Kennel Club .