How To Properly Care For A Dog With A Tick Infestation

How To Properly Care For A Dog With A Tick Infestation

There's no denying that ticks are venomous insects. Any monster that attaches itself to skin and feeds on blood should be avoided at all costs. These ectoparasites feed on the blood of their hosts by biting them and pose a significant health danger to both dogs and people.

Ticks can contain a variety of infectious illnesses that can be passed on to the host animal after being connected for a few hours to days. The length of time a tick needs to be attached to transmit illness varies depending on the tick type and ailment. Most are more dangerous during the summer, although they are a year-round concern in many areas.

Given that Tick Bite Prevention Week takes place this month, now is a wonderful opportunity to go over some tick-repelling tips for your dog. 

Here's in this article, you will discover how to treat your dog for ticks, when to seek medical attention, and how to avoid tick attacks in the future.

 

Tick Treatments For Dogs At Home 

When you return after a walk or an outing in bushy areas, inspect your dog. Ticks like to attach to dogs mostly around the face and in the ears. They also attach to the armpits or groin area, although they can attach anywhere. 

Ticks can be quite minute black dots, approximately the size of a pinhead, or they can be bigger and more visible, about half the size of a ladybug. The tick's body grows as it becomes bloated with blood, and it clings to a dog's skin.

You should detect a little bump on your dog's skin that feels like a small burr but that you can't brush or peel off easily. You can then pick the tick using tweezers or a tick removal tool.  

Don't squeeze a tick between your fingers since its blood might be deadly. It will also not be killed by flushing it down the drain. It may be cleaned by soaking it in rubbing alcohol. Also, when dealing with ticks, it's preferable to wear rubber or medical gloves. 

Other topical treatments like tick sprays, powders shampoos and dips can also be used. However, you must consult your veterinarian before buying any product to be aware of your dog's allergies if any and the side effects. 


What To Do When The Infestation Is Severe

Tick infestations can be severe, leading to several ticks on the dog's body. Once this happens, the dog may require numerous treatments to entirely remove the ticks. 

This is especially common among homeless dogs that live on the street or pets who have been neglected. Dogs can lose a lot of blood when these infestations are extremely bad

Dogs who enter extremely tick-infested regions may also develop severe infestations. If your dog has a serious infestation, you should seek treatment from your veterinarian as soon as possible.

 

How To Prevent Your Dogs From Tick Bites 

Keep tall grass cut around your house to prevent ticks from establishing up a place in your yard. Ticks can be controlled with pet-approved pesticides on your lawn, but the effects may be short-lived because some ticks spend part of their entire lifespan beneath, sheltered from any treatment.

If you use a wide-tooth comb to remove fleas from your dog's coat after a walk, you're likely to find ticks as well, and they won't have latched themselves onto the dog yet. To protect yourself when walking in the woods or fields, tuck long pants into your socks and wear a cap. 


In conclusion,

Combating ticks may seem slightly difficult but they can be controlled when adequate measures are taken. Whichever tick prevention medication you pick, it's important to ensure you're applying it regularly to ensure your dog's long-term protection. Also, always check the expiration date on medications you've had in your home for a while before treating your pet with them. If they are past their expiration, they could lose their efficacy. It's also a good idea to ask your veterinarian the products they recommend for the best outcomes.


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