Ticks are inevitable if your dog loves to stay outdoors. Ticks generally thrive in moist and wooded areas and thus a pet roaming in such damp areas is bound to hitching these pesky creatures. Once on the body, they dig deep into the host’s skin and stay attached unless removed manually. Borne with many diseases viz. Lyme disease, Anaplasmosis, rocky mountain fever, Erlichiosis or Babesiosis, these annoying parasites are a host of illness in pets. However, if you get rid-off them from your pet’s body within a day or two, chances are your pet is not infected. Therefore, removal of ticks must be promptly handled. Pet owners make several mistakes when handling ticks thus causing more harm to the pet. These do’s and don’ts will help such people guide through the process to effectively remove the ticks from our furry companion.
Do’s and Don’ts of Tick Removal
- Scan your pet’s body for any signs of ticks. Check for swollen areas. Run your fingers under the chin, around the face or check between the toes and insides the ears.
- If you find a tick, hold it with the tweezers and gently pull it upwards by applying mild pressure.
- Rub alcohol or iodine over the affected area or wash it with soap and water.
- Save the tick for testing if it carries infection or not, by immersing the tick in alcohol.
- If not required, flush it immediately.
- Always use gloves for removing the ticks. Don’t do it bare handed.
- Keep an antiseptic cream handy.
- If after the test, the tick is found infectious, treat the dog with Frontline Plus, Capstar.
- As a preventive measure, use Seresto or Kiltix collar that repels ticks from attaching to the pet’s body.
- Tick powder can also be used to relieve your pet of ticks.
- Bathe the dog with tick shampoo weekly. A tick shampoo will help kill the existing ticks and will also prevent new ones from occurring.
- Use diatomaceous earth in your garden to repel ticks and fleas
- Don’t squeeze the ticks or twist and turn while removing it from the tweezers. As this may lead ticks to infect the pet by its bodily fluid.
- Don’t remove it from bare hands. Always make use of gloves.
- Never burn the tick while still attached as the tick may vomit inside the pet’s body, again infecting the animal.
- While still attached, don’t use repellents or nail paints to kill ticks as this may again cause ticks to vomit thereby causing infection.
- Don’t flush them in sink as they can crawl back out. Flush them instantly or kill them with alcohol.
- Don’t delay if you see a tick on your pet’s body.
What you need to keep in mind is to always check your pet of ticks. It hardly takes 10 minutes. So, keep some time for a routine check-up from your end. For any signs or symptoms, consult vet without fleeting time on household remedies. Your instant actions can save your pet from a plethora of diseases.