Animals/ Pets

How to Remove Ticks & Treat Tick Bites on Dogs

A tick you find on your dog is one of the most disgusting things you’ll ever encounter. It’s even more unpleasant when you discover a lot of them. You may be unsure how to eliminate the tick and be concerned about ticks’ dangers to your pet’s health. In this post, I will explain everything from getting rid of the tick to watching for signs of tick-borne disease and how to avoid the next bite from a tick.

How to remove a tick from a pet

If the tick remains stuck to your dog and is not getting rid of it, it’s time to get rid. This can be accomplished by manually removing the tick or using tick preventative while waiting for it to decay and disappear. I prefer to eliminate ticks as soon as they appear to reduce the possibility of transmitting a disease to your pet. You can employ tweezers, forceps, or your fingers (gross, it’s true) to grasp the tick. If you want to be more ready, you can purchase a tool that removes ticks from your dog. Get it as near the dog’s body as possible, then remove it gradually and gently, with no twisting. Keep the tick in a small jar to bring to your vet to be examined. If you do not take this tick to the vet to test, eliminate it before throwing it away.

How to Treat a Tick Bite

Tick bites may remain tender and inflamed for several days. I suggest cleaning the area and preventing your dog from scratching or licking. This isn’t a big issue. Based on the location of your home, your vet may decide to examine your dog for illnesses that ticks carry over some weeks. The vet also suggests checking your dog for six months. The symptoms of diseases transmitted by ticks are diverse and are not always specific. Dogs can become stiff and painful in joints, fatigued, or have a fever. They might be frail or generally sick.

What Diseases Do Ticks Carry

Ticks in some regions of the US may carry illnesses such as Lyme’s Disease, Anaplasmosis, Ehrlichiosis, and many more. These illnesses may not cause symptoms for some dogs and may be life-threatening in others. Since the symptoms, including fatigue and fever, could be caused by other diseases, tick-borne ailments may go undiagnosed for a while. This is why informing your vet whether your dog has suffered at least one tick bite within the past six months is essential. After being diagnosed, these illnesses can be easily treated using antibiotics.

Sometimes, ticks can cause irreparable paralysis (a.k.a. not being capable of walking) in dogs. These are frightening situations, as paralysis can increase and become fatal if the ticks are not removed. Once the tick is eliminated, the weakness of their legs increases. I’ve only witnessed one such case during my 14 years of experience. If you’re in a situation where your dog suddenly gets fragile, it’s a great idea to search for ticks.

How to Prevent Tick Bites

The prevention of ticks is essential to avoid diseases that they could transmit. If you reside in a region with many ticks, consult your doctor about the most effective method to stop ticks. The ticks living in certain areas could resist several non-prescription preventatives. Sure, the more robust, more efficient prescription-strength preventatives come with the possibility of neurological consequences. Discuss the advantages and risks with your veterinary professional.

As a veterinarian from Colorado and in a state where there isn’t an issue with ticks, I have found products such as Frontline and other natural products to be very effective. When my patients travel for a trip to the Northeastern US in the summer, I recommend the most effective, more robust prevention methods. The ticks living in these areas have mutant superpowers and resist Frontline.

Being a puppy parent is awful at times. I hope that you don’t get ticks on your pet. However, if it happens, I hope this article can help!