What are Ticks?
Ticks are technically arachnids. They are related to the spider not an insect. They have eight legs, can be black or brown, and can be as small as the tip of a pen. Ticks have also been known to carry disease like Lyme Disease.
How to Find Them
Every time your dog comes back inside from a hike, run, or just playing outside you are going to want to check them for these awful parasites. Run your fingers over your dogs skin thoroughly, and do not leave any parts out. Make sure to even check their armpits, ears, between their pads, and on their tails. Ticks can attach anywhere on your dogs skin, so be sure to thoroughly check. Usually you can feel them on your dogs skin. They will feel like a weird bump compared to the rest of the skin. You may also spot them, or see red irritated skin around where they are. Once you find the tick, you will need to move quickly but calmly to get them off.
What You Will Need
Antiseptic (rubbing alcohol will work)
First you need to make sure you are wearing gloves. The tick could be carrying pathogens that would be harmful if they touched you, so make sure that your skin is covered first. Use the magnifying glass to make sure that you are getting all parts of the tick off your dog. You may need another person to hold this for you while you remove the tick. Carefully use the tweezers to grab both sides of the tick. Do not squeeze! You don’t want the tick to bite down harder on your dog, which could make removing it even more difficult. After you grab the tick with your tweezers, pull up in one fluid solid motion. Put the tick in a jar full of alcohol and keep it. If you dog starts to get sick, your vet may want to test the parasite for any disease. Next you want to make sure that you pulled the entire tick out, so use your magnifying glass to thoroughly inspect the area. If your dog’s skin is clean, make sure to dab some rubbing alcohol on the are to disinfect it. However ticks are known to hold onto their hosts. Many times the tick’s head is still attached after you have tried to remove it. If this is the case, take you dog to your vet immediately before the area becomes more infected.
Treat Your Patient
Make sure you reward your dog for being a good patient. Having a tick removed from your skin is not the most pleasant experience, so make sure you treat them accordingly.
We hope this helps you PetParents out there whose pups are suffering from a tick! Remember if you cannot remove the whole tick, go to your vet immediately!