What are they?
Ticks, little as they are, can be quite a pain for dogs and dog owners alike. These parasites are prevalent in moist, verdant, lush greens, and beach shorelines. Once it gets hold of a potential host; be it a canine, a feline, or even humans, it’ll take every chance to secure a powerful bite and guzzle on your blood. They’re usually present almost year-round, though very cold temperatures have shown some advantages in neutralizing them.
What’s the fuss?
Not much, only that these parasites can pass on some tick-borne diseases that are detrimental to human life. Lyme Disease, Anaplasmosis, Heartland Virus, Colorado Tick Fever, you name it, they’re capable of it.
How to spot them?
Once your pets roll in from the outdoors, be sure to give them a thorough check. Ticks like to prowl in dull, shut spots, usually in the inner parts of the ears, in the spaces between their paws, footpads, to the folds of their underarms. It’s best to examine your pets overall, but, be on the lookout on the body parts mentioned, as they are extra attractive for these tiny and scheming creatures.
How to remove it from your pet?
Ticks may come from different families of various kinds, but there’s one common way to exterminate them.
- A single swipe of alcohol is all you need to loosen off its blood-sucking latch.
- With the use of tweezers, clip on the ticks head and pull it away steadily.
- Make no mistake of alighting them as you’re only making it worse for you and your pet.
How to dispatch the tick?
- Flushing down the tick in the drain won’t do the trick; they can just easily climb back, and find its way back to your dog.
- Squashing the pesky little devil with your bare hands is also a no-no, as it may contaminate you with some nasty bacteria causing disease.
- After its grueling extraction, pour in some more rubbing alcohol, let it soak and die on its own.
How to treat the tick’s bite?
Apply some alcohol and anti-inflammatory ointment. A bit of swelling on the area is expected, due to the toxic spittle (as if the bite alone still not good enough). This swelling will subside on its own. Do visit the vet to get a professional opinion, if that puts your mind at ease.
Tick-free for good
- Declutter. Get rid of stuff where ticks may cover up in; such as old boxes, stacks of paper and piles of wood.
- Ticks tend to favor green, tall grass so invest in your garden’s upkeep. The shorter, the better.
- Lush zones, heaps of wood, stone wall and underbrush are all potential tick-breeding grounds, so better get rid of them.
- Always do a self-check for you and your pet before going indoors.
- Occasional use of topical treatments is recommended. Check with your vet to know the safest over-the-counter alternatives. Make sure use the treatment best suits your pet (one suited for your dog; a different one for your cat). Make no mistake on this!
- Have your vet administer a Lyme Disease vaccine to your dog for added safety.