Dogs are highly prone to tick bites and tickborne diseases. Vaccines for tick-borne diseases that dogs can get are not available and they do not keep dogs from bringing dogs into your home.
For these reasons, it is important to use a tick prevention product on your dog.
Tick bites on dogs are hard to spot. Signs of tick-borne disease may not appear for 7-21 days or more after a tick bite, so watch your dog closely for changes in behavior or appetite if you suspect your pet has been bitten by a tick.
When they attach to and feed your dog, they transmit small parasites and bacteria into your dog’s blood, which can cause serious infections if left untreated.
These parasites, so-called ticks would like to hide where we can’t find them.
Your dog’s feet are ideal for this because they can penetrate between the toes or into the folds under their feet.
But ticks can be seen anywhere on the whole body. Before it drops to fit after a few days, it attaches to your dog’s skin and then eats their blood.
What are the risks associated with ticks?
Unfortunately ticks can spread some terrible diseases.
You should check with local authorities or a local vet to find out if there are any tick-borne diseases in your area.
Lyme disease is one such risk. This is a bacterial infection that can seriously harm your dog.
They may be lazy, lame, feverish or lose appetite. If your pet gets Lyme disease, the vet may need to prescribe antibiotics to get them back.
Babysiosis is another threat. It is very rare in the UK, but has been found in dogs heading south and more recently.
It is deadly to dogs. If your dog has pale or yellow gums, decreased appetite or fever, a few days after the tick, they may have babysiosis.
So yes, ticks can have serious consequences when they pair themselves with your dog. Be vigilant and spend your time removing them and hope your pet is well.
How to spot ticks on your dog?
Ticks are usually taken from natural areas where there is plenty of wildlife.
They can climb on your dog when you take them for a walk in the park or even in their own garden.
They are most common in forests and grasslands. When you return from such an area, you should check your dog for ticks.
Or, if you notice your dog chewing or biting at their feet, look closely.
Start at the bottom of their feet and work each leg up systematically. Then start again from the nose and work backward along the body.
Ticks are round and brown or gray. You can use a hair dryer to push your dog’s hair aside while you search.
When you find a tick, you should remove it, but do not pull it out, as the head may break and remain inside, causing a secondary infection.
How to get rid of dog ticks?
When a tick decides to feed, it attaches to your dog’s skin. The easiest way to remove it is with a tick twister.
It’s like a small fork, inserted under the body of a tick, against your dog’s skin, and just twisted and pulled.
This will prevent the tick’s head from breaking when you remove it. If you walk your dog in areas where there are a lot of ticks, being close to the tick twister can be very helpful.
If you do not have a tick twister, you can also use tweezers.
Be careful not to squeeze the body of the tick when you use tweezers, as it can kill the infected blood and turn the saliva into your dog’s blood.
Instead, as close as possible to your dog’s skin, grab the tick under the body and pull it straight out.
What to do after the tick is removed?
If you want to preserve it for disease testing you can put the tick in a jar, which may be necessary if your dog becomes ill in the next few days.
After successfully removing the tick, clean your dog’s tick bite with iodine, chlorhexidine or salt water, as the tick bite is not clean and can lead to infections.
What is the wrong way to deal with ticks on a dog’s feet?
It is important to go about things the right way. If you make a mistake while removing the tick from your dog, it will increase the chance of spreading the disease into your dog’s blood.
Do not use your hands to do this and do not try to burn or poison the tick when it is attached to your dog. Do not crush the tick, as this will also increase the spread of infection.
You may also hear about home remedies for tick removal by placing petroleum jelly. It suffocates the tick, causing them to de-latch.
But not only is it particularly effective, the longer a tick stays on your dog the greater the chances of contracting the disease.
Be sure to carefully dispose of the removed tick, preferably by jumping into the toilet. If you put it in the trash, it can crawl back into your house, attach again if you don’t kill it.
When should I talk to Vet?
Fortunately, ticks are not as prevalent in the USA as in other parts of the world, so this means that tick-burn diseases are also less common.
As a result, the main reason you should take your dog to the vet is to treat a local bacterial infection around the bite.
It looks red and swollen, and the pus can also dissolve. Antibiotics are needed to clear local bite infections.
Talk to your veterinarian about
- The best tick prevention products for your dog
- Tickborne diseases in your area
- To further reduce the chances of a tick bite making your dog sick:
- Check your pets for ticks every day, especially after they spend time outdoors.
- If you find a tick on your dog, remove it quickly.
- Reduce tick habitats in your yard.
- How to avoid tick bites
There are several ways you can prevent a tick bite
- Find out where ticks live and how they are.
- Treat pets with veterinarian-recommended flea and tick remedies.
- Use bug spray when outdoors.
- Stay on the sidewalks and avoid areas with too much grass growth.
- Examine your dog’s body for explosions after spending time outdoors.
- Give a shower after spending time outdoors.
- Check your pets regularly for ticks.
- Clean areas where pets spend time, including their beds.