How to check a dog for ticks?
Ticks are eight-legged ectoparasites that feed by sucking the blood of animals, including dogs. They can carry many types of diseases and transmit these diseases within hours of being bitten and attached to a dog.
This article will discuss why it is important to check for ticks in your dog, how to look for them and how to remove them properly to reduce the risk of disease transmission.
Why should I test my dog for ticks?
When a tick bites a dog, the bite causes the skin to itch and can also transmit a serious disease, such as tick paralysis, or a bacterial disease, such as Lyme disease. Ticks can transmit certain diseases, such as ehrlichiosis or Rocky Mountain spotted fever, within 3-6 hours after latching on to a dog. Lyme disease can be transmitted within 24 to 48 hours. It is important to find and remove the tick from the dog quickly to reduce disease transmission.
Ticks are found all over the world and generally prefer warm, humid environments. However, some ticks, such as the black-legged tick, can survive in sub-zero temperatures. With the winter heat, climate change is allowing ticks to move to new areas of the United States. It is a common ectoparasite in most of the United States, so protection against it is important no matter where you live.
Dogs need to be on flea and tick prevention all year round which quickly kills ticks as they try to feed them. However, prevention is not 100�fective, and some of these products work better than others. Dogs can get infected if they walk into a tick-infested area, and not all ticks will die with prevention. That is why it is important to check your dog for ticks regularly.
A tick bite looks like a round area of inflamed skin that is often red and slightly swollen after the tick is removed. There may also be stairs or ladders. The skin lesion can be itchy and irritating to the dog. Dogs may want to scratch or lick the tick bite after the tick is gone, which can cause the area to become infected.
Symptoms vary depending on the type of tick-borne disease.
How to test a dog for ticks
It is important to check dogs for ticks on a daily basis, especially after they have been in an area where ticks are present. Ticks can be found anywhere on a dog’s body but are most common on the feet, neck, head, and ears. Some ticks can be found in the harness between the toes or attached to the anus, so it’s important to search anywhere on the dog.
How to look for ticks on your dog:
First, use your hands to scrape the surface of the dog’s skin to see if you feel any bumps that could be ticks. If you feel a bump, part the fur in that area for a closer look.
You can also use a fine-toothed comb, such as a flea comb, to scrape your pet’s skin and coat. However, do not use a fine-toothed comb to remove the tick, as it may not remove the entire tick. If you feel something as you run the comb over your pet’s coat, part the coat in that area and take a closer look.
Examine in and around your pet’s ears.
Look between the toes on either side of each foot.
Lift your dog’s tail and look at the underside of the dog’s tail and anus to see if there are any ticks attached.
Examine your dog’s eyelids, under the collar / seat belt and in the armpit area. These are also places where you would like to hide ticks.
What do ticks look like?
The size of ticks varies according to the type and age of the tick. Ticks mature through four stages of life. They hatch from the egg stage, then go through the larva stage and then the nymph stage until they reach the adult stage. Ticks that are found in the larval or nymph stage are very small and can be ignored on a dog’s body. The larval stage has six legs and is the size of a grain of sand. The nymph has eight legs and has been described as the size of a poppy seed or freckle. It can be very difficult to find.
Adult ticks are larger but vary in size and appearance by species. They may be the size of an apple seed, but swollen female ticks (which are filled with blood from feeding) are easy to find, as they can be as small as a grape.
How to remove a tick
from uHunting for ticks every day throughout the year. Ticks can be resistant to seasonal temperatures and new species are still found. There is much we haven’t learned about these parasites yet, and it’s important that you do everything you can at home to reduce your dog’s risk of tick bites and the diseases they can transmit.
The dog should also receive flea and tick prevention all year round.