I remember growing up and taking our family dogs to the woods to run free.
But my parents always made sure we checked our dogs (and ourselves for that matter) for ticks. Did you know there are over 800 different species of ticks? But one thing they all have in common is they all can cause terrible sickness. The small arachnids live as parasites on the host by sucking blood. And ticks carry many different sicknesses and diseases. Some of those is Lyme Disease, Anaplasmosis (also known as Dog Fever), Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and others.
Research has shown that one of most potent diseases, Lyme disease, is past from the tick to the host in about 24-48 hours. That is why it is important to make it a regular routine to check you dogs for ticks. It is simple to do. Just run your fingers from top to bottom, feeling as much skin as possible. By the way, chances are you dog will love this and let you do it as long as you want. Especially look in areas around the ears and armpits. If you come across a bump, don’t just pull it out. Here is what you do.
First, make sure it is a tick you are seeing on your dog.
If it is swollen with blood it will be easy to see. But some ticks can be very small. Even needing a magnifying glass to see. Then begin to put together all the items you will need to remove the tick. To do the task you will need tweezers, gloves, isopropyl alcohol, a jar with a lid and of course, a treat for your furry friend. So the first thing you will need to do is put on your gloves. Then position your dog in a calm seated or laying down position. You might need another person to help keep your dog still. Then take the tweezers and grab the tick as close to the dog’s skin as possible. Gently squeeze and pull straight backwards without twisting.
Finally, place the tick into the glass jar with isopropyl alcohol. Now examine if the head and mouth parts came out with the tick. If it didn’t. Try to pry those out. The worse that will happen if you cannot pry them out is that there will be swelling and a little pain at the site for a little while. Leaving them in is not as dangerous as we have been told.
You should keep the tick in the jar for a few days. It can take a few days for symptoms to show up from a tick. If your dog shows any signs of sickness, you can take the tick in with you to the Vet. This will be very helpful for the Vet to diagnose.