Let’s start with the basics.
What is a Tick?
A tick is a type of parasite typically 3 to 5 mm long that attaches itself to your dog’s skin, feasting on its blood. A dog can possibly come in contact with a tick from various sources such as parks, from other animals or even human transportation.
While there is only mild irritation by dog ticks themselves, the threat lies in the diseases that they carry which can pose a serious risk to both dogs & humans including fever, anemia, paralysis, and other threats.
How to identify if your dog has ticks or not?
Ticks are commonly transferred onto the hosts (the dogs) when they walk through bushes or long grass and are commonly found in warmer areas of the body like:
- Behind the ears.
- Inside the ear canal.
- Under the neck.
- Between the toes.
- Under the tails.
- Inside the groin area.
Dog Ticks Symptoms
If you find one on your bed, floor rugs or anywhere in the house, then your dog is likely to have many more on it. In order to ensure proper dog care, You can also possibly check for the below symptoms in your dogs.
- If your dog has a fever: A tick bite can possibly lead to mild or high-grade fever. While different dog diseases can also be the reason for fever, a dog with fever should be thoroughly examined for ticks.
- Unexpected Scabs: A fixed dog tick may lead a dog to lick at the tick site. Such behaviour or unexpected scabs are common when a tick infects dogs.
- Head Shaking: If your dog is found to shake their head a lot, it is likely that a tick is hidden in their ear canal.
- Uneven Skin: Bumps on your dog’s skin is most likely a sign of a tick bite. Don’t ignore such unevenness, rather, take a closer look.
How can you prevent dog ticks problem?
Ticks can easily be prevented with the help of a tick control dog shampoo. Use them to repel the dog ticks & to maintain healthy skin. Ensure that the dog shampoo that you use is paraben & sulphate free since sulphate is extremely harsh and wash away the natural oils, can cause allergies & hence are very damaging to sensitive skin.
Other ways to solve the problem:
- Routine vet visits will help you a great deal.
- Keep your dog away from popular tick habitats like dense, wooden vegetative areas.
- Check it for the dog ticks every day, especially if your dog has been outside.
- Use a dog tick/flea comb.
- In case your dog is already infected with ticks, do not pull them using tweezers yourself. Most often the head of the tick sticks to the skin and may not help your cause. Take your dog to the vet immediately.
Dog ticks can be very tricky & can possibly affect your dog’s health and hamper dog care to a great extent. Do not overlook. Be a good pet parent and start taking the precautions already!