My dog has ticks. What should I do?

Have you noticed that your dog has ticks and are worried? Would you like to know what you should do when your dog has ticks? Every dog owner will at some point say: “my dog has ticks!” So don’t worry about it and just follow the following instructions:

  • Make sure that your dog has ticks instead of any other type of bug. Ticks latch on to the skin and suck up blood. They can be small and black or large and gray if they have been absorbing blood for a long time. Sometimes they look like small gray rocks.

  • The best thing that you can do is prevent them by using anti-tick collars or pipettes, but if despite that a tick has latched on the best way to get rid of them is using anti-tick products. These products can come in the shape of a spray. Just use a small amount of it on top of the tick and it will die and easily fall off. If you do not get rid of them in this manner, they might stay within the bite and cause an infection. Once you have taken care of this, make sure that your dog has no more ticks and use the same product on every part of your dog just in case any ticks have escaped your notice.
  • If you are in an urgent situation and you cannot get anti-tick products you can try to remove the tick with a pair of tweezers and a bit of oil. Put the oil in the tick, wait a few seconds and begin to remove it little by little. The key is to do it in this way because you should in no case rip off the tick. If the tick spills any of the blood that it carries inside it may pass it to your dog and cause an infection. This is why the tick must be completely removed. Once the tick has been extracted you must make sure that you adequately kill it. If it remains alive it may latch on to your dog again or to another member of your family. It is not worth stepping on it. You must make sure that it is 100% dead. Once you have killed it, throw it down the toilet (it is very important to make sure it is dead when you do this), or throw it away somewhere that will make sure that it will completely disappear from your house.
  • If extracting the tick disgusts you, leave the job to somebody else. If you get nervous, you will likely not follow these steps correctly. It is better to leave this job for someone else who can calmly extract the tick while you try to calm down your dog and prevent them from moving.

 

In conclusion, if your dog has ticks the best thing that you can do is to use a product that has been specifically made for this, that way you will avoid the risks that come with manually extracting it. If you do not have access to these products, remove them very carefully with tweezers.

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