Ticks are a pain for pet owners because they must be protected from these pesky creatures.
Ticks are known for carrying dangerous infections that can sometimes be fatal, such as Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis, anaplasmosis, rocky mountain spotted fever, or babesiosis, depending on the species of tick that infests your cat.
In the game of hide-and-seek, ticks are natural Olympians.
Although some parasites attach to their hosts in plain sight, the majority of them hide in places that are vital to their existence, such as the groyne, between the toes, inside the ears, under collars, and along the eyelids.
Furthermore, any of the aforementioned diseases can strike your dog within 12-24 hours of the bite, making it critical to remove ticks at the first sign of their existence.
Before we get started, here’s a quick video showing how to properly remove ticks off dogs.
1. Using a Tweezer
The most widely used tick removal tool is a pair of tweezers. However, before you do it, keep in mind that this procedure isn’t infallible.
Removing a tick using tweezers can be ineffectual if the tick isn’t removed. Keep that in mind before proceeding.
Tweezers, which started as a medical instrument, are now commonly used to pluck, pinch, or extricate things that are too small for human fingers to grasp.
The device is made up of two thin metal legs that are connected at one end. The thumb and index finger are used to move these two legs for effective utilisation.
The tweezer approach is as follows:
- Perpendicular to the biting tick, place the gadget.
- Place the tweezer’s plucking end around the tick’s head. Avoid twisting the tick with the instrument as much as possible.
- To avoid crushing or shredding the tick’s body, gently draw it upwards while keeping appropriate pressure.
- To avoid infection, wash the organ, especially the bitten area, with rubbing alcohol after removing ticks from your dog’s ear.
Tick removal close or inside your pet’s mouth, on the other hand, is a more difficult task. It’s recommended to get professional help from your local veterinarian if your dog isn’t comfortable with you touching its mouth.
Tick Key No. 2
It is convenient to use and handy to carry with you at all times.
The tick key is designed to be simply linked to your key ring, ensuring that you have a tick removal device with you at all times.
Using the tick key to get rid of the parasite:
- Simply press the device on the dog’s skin, passing the tick through the huge hole.
- Slide the key slowly while keeping the same pressure until the tick reaches the device’s tightest point.
- Continue sliding down until you’ve successfully eliminated the tick.
3. Shampoo for Ticks
Tick shampoo is the greatest way to get rid of ticks because it’s precisely created to freshen up your dog while also destroying ticks.
Furthermore, because tick shampoos are equally helpful against flea infestations, purchasing a bottle is like killing two birds (pests) with one stone.
Choose a tick shampoo composed entirely of natural components if at all possible. This is to ensure that both you and your pet are completely safe from the solution. You should also seek for substances like oatmeal and aloe vera, which can help soothe inflamed skin caused by tick bites.
When shampooing your dog using tick shampoo, make sure to do the following:
- Begin at the top and work your way down to the toes and tail.
- To avoid harming your pet’s eyes, be very careful when lathering the shampoo onto his or her head.
- Gently massage the area around the ears, between the toes, and other tick hiding locations.
- Allow 5 to 10 minutes for the shampoo to settle before washing.
- In the instance of ticks lurking within the ears, antibiotic drops should be used instead of shampoo. When the active chemicals in the shampoo come into contact with the inside region of your dog’s ears, they can become infected.
Tick Powder, No. 4
Tick powder is another powerful weapon against these pesky parasites. However, implementing this method can be difficult and time-consuming.
There are a lot of tick powders on the market, so make sure the one you’re going to use is specifically for dogs. You should also examine the label to see if it’s formulated for your dog’s age.
- Apply a tiny amount of tick powder to the dog’s skin and gently rub it in.
- Brush your pet’s hair to the side before applying the powder if it has long fur or a double coat. One section at a time, please.
- Indoors, use tick powder to protect yourself from the breeze.
- Indoors, use tick powder to protect yourself from the breeze. To avoid inhalation, you should avoid applying tick powder to your pet’s face.
5. Tick Repellent
The majority of tick sprays are designed to have a long-lasting effect. This implies that following treatment, your pet dog will be protected from tick bites and infestation for a long time.
Tick sprays can be used after a tick wash bath to provide further protection.
The spray is designed to be used on dogs of all ages, from young and energetic puppies to senior citizens. Before allowing your pet to play with your children, ensure the spray solution has dried completely.
The Dip is number six.
Another efficient way to get rid of ticks on your dog is to use a chemical solution to drown them.
Pyrethrin-containing tick dips are the most effective for dogs. By diluting the solution with water and dipping your pet into it, you can use this procedure. A sponge can be used as an easier alternative for larger pet dogs.
Tick dip is not recommended for pups under the age of four months.
Because of the significant chemical content of the solution, pregnant and lactating dogs are not permitted to take dips. Before using a product, make sure you read and understand all of the information on the label.
Pills No. 7
The oral tick treatment option may be the greatest way for eradicating tick infestations in terms of consistency and safety for everyone.
Pills are now available in chewable forms with delectable flavours. A single pill can provide tick protection for one to three months, depending on the composition or strength of the medicine. Make sure to read the label before using the oral medication because it can be given alone or with dog food.
Warnings and Reminders
Ticks, as previously said, can cause significant infections in both the dog and the owner.
As much as you want to spare your pet from those blood-sucking parasites, you should also think about your safety during tick-hunting.
- Before beginning a tick removal process, put on sterile gloves. Gloves protect your hands from tick blood or saliva, which can contain infections.
- Ticks will not be suffocated by common household items like nail polish and Vaseline.
- Avoid crushing or ripping the tick on your pet’s skin with tweezers or a tick key. Vomit from the parasite (due to asphyxia) or blood on your pet’s skin will enhance your pet’s risk of infection. Anything that enters your dog’s bloodstream must be avoided at all costs.