How often do you take your Pup outdoors!? If you spend even little time outdoors with your best furry friend, checking him for ticks should be a part of your daily routine. Ticks are nasty to look at and even worse to touch when you pet your pup and never imagined something like these would cling below the beautiful fur. Some of the ticks can transmit deadly diseases to your dog within 24 hours hence it’s important to remove them right away.
Here are some options how you can make your loved dog tick free and cherish a healthy life. Especially during tick season, spring, summer and fall or year-round in warmer climates when the ticks are finding the host for their nourishment and nutrition, an extensive care has to be taken. During this season these Ticks will be in the size of about 0.1 to .5 cm. flying in the open air or stuck on the dorsal portion leaves of smaller plants or even on the grass leaves. When the fur of dogs come in contact with them, ticks will be clung to the body and your dog will be the best prey for ticks.
Check your dog for ticks every day. Brush your fingers through their fur applying enough pressure to feel any small bumps. Usually you will be finding them between your dog’s toes, behind the ears, under armpits and around the tail and head. These are the places where ticks are usually found on a dog. Be sure to check them carefully.
Here’s how to check your dog for ticks and if you happen to find one, how to remove it safely.
Removing embedded ticks is a delicate operation because it is easy that a portion of tick’s body to break off and remain in your dog’s skin if done improperly. Follow the removal steps below or consider bringing your dog to a veterinarian who can safely perform the task and, possibly, show you how it’s done. Infection can occur after 24 hours, so if you find a tick on your dog, remove it right away. Always wear rubber gloves to protect yourself from possible injury or infection.
Grasp the tick very close to the skin with a pair of fine-tipped tweezers.
With a steady motion, pull the tick’s body away from the skin. #Avoid crushing the tick to prevent infection#.
After removal, clean your dog’s skin with soap and warm water and dispose of the tick by placing it in alcohol or flushing it down the toilet.
Following these steps can help ensure the successful removal of ticks. Never use petroleum jelly, a hot match, nail polish or other products to remove a tick. Doing so can harm your dog and may cause an embedded tick to release more disease-carrying saliva. Also, if you do find ticks on your dog, your entire family could be at risk of exposure. You should take measures to keep everyone in your household safe.
Ticks can also carry and transmit #Lyme disease#. Ticks are generally noticed after feeding, because their body #swells considerably#. After attaching they will detach and fall off within 48-72 hours, of their own accord. It is therefore important that your dog is protected by a tick treatment.
After a romp outside in areas where ticks could be lurking, check your dog for ticks deep in the fur. If you find any ticks before they have had a chance to attach and become engorged, you may have prevented serious illness for your pet. If you do find a tick attached to your dog, removal should be done immediately and carefully, making sure to get all parts of the tick’s body removed from the skin.
Once a #host# is found, a mature tick feeds until it swells to 10 times its original size. Some males stay on the host up to three years, engorging, mating and repeating the cycle; females engorge, fall off, lay eggs and die. Some species can stay on your dog for three months, others for three years.
If you are hesitant to touch the ticks or fleas you can also try these methods of removing them from the body of your dog.
# Readily available Sprays#
The effective easy method to counter the life span of the ticks and fleas on your pet is to buy the readily available sprays that you can purchase from your veterinarian, #pet store# or #online#. These sprays can keep the parasites away from your pet for about a month. While these medications are great, you still need to be very careful about which one you should use. Make sure you read all labels carefully and take the advice from your vet if in doubt.
Another topical application of medication, tick spray kills ticks quickly and provides residual protection. Sprays can be used in between shampoos and dips, and when you are planning to spend time out in wooded areas where ticks are most prevalent with your dog. Be careful when using this product, and other #tick control products#, around your dog’s face, and do not use it on or around any other animals in the home.
Pills can be given to the dogs once in a month and they are easily available in the medical shop. These will disrupt the life cycle of the ticks and eventually work to kill both ticks, immature fleas and other parasites if present on the skin of the dog’s body. They are easy to give and you won’t have to be concerned about small children and cats coming into contact with dogs immediately after application.
# Wash with shampoo#
There are some shampoos which contain the medicated ingredients and kill the ticks if they come in contact. These shampoos can be used whilst giving bath to your pet and works out economical only if the ticks are less in number. During the peak tick season the process should be repeated at least twice in a month and care should be taken that shampoo spreads all over the tick prone areas of the dog’s body.
# Tick Dips #
A dip is a concentrated chemical that needs to be diluted in water and applied to the animal’s fur and around the area of the skin where ticks are located with a sponge or poured over the back. Care has to be taken that this chemical should not be rinsed off after application. Usually the chemicals used in dips are very strong, so be sure to read the labels carefully before use. And dips should not use on a very young animals below 5 months, for pregnant or nursing pets. Ask your veterinarian for advice before treating puppies, or pregnant or nursing pets.
Collars that repel ticks are an additional preventive methods to overcome ticks, though they are mainly only useful for protecting the neck and head. The tick collar needs to make contact with dog’s skin in order to transfer the chemicals onto the fur and skin. When putting this type of collar on the dog’s neck, make sure there is enough room to fit two fingers under the collar. Since the collar is imbibed with chemicals cut off any excess length of collar to prevent your dog from chewing on it. Watch for signs of discomfort in case an allergic reaction to the collar occurs like excessive itching and red rashes around the collar. Make sure you read the labels carefully when choosing a collar.
This method of topical medication works to kill and repel ticks from your dog’s body. These powders should be used with care during application. This very fine powder can cause irritant to the mouth or lungs if inhaled, so use small amounts and slowly rub it into the skin. Keep powders away from the face and eyes when applying. During the peak season, you will need to reapply the product more often, about once a week. Some powders can also be used in areas where your dog sleeps, and in other parts of the household your dog frequents. Powder can fly in the air and can be spread with room’s air check the label and buy the harmless to human beings and kept away from the children’s reach.
#Dog walking trick for ticks!#
While you do have to take your dog outside few times a day, it is probably not a good idea to allow him to stay outside for extended periods during the tick season. Preventing your dog from roaming through wooded areas where ticks are likely to be lying prevent ticks finding their home. But you will still have to check your dog’s fur and the skin thoroughly, even after short walks through grass and brush. You may still have a few ticks wandering around your yard, but if you keep things tidy and use preventives for when your dog goes out and check your dog over for any rogue ticks that might have attached themselves, your dog should have minimal risk of becoming a full meal for ticks.
#Comb and kill#
This option is well suited for the people who do not want chemicals on their pets orally or tropically. There are several comb options out there, depending on what you are looking for. The Safari Double Row Flea Comb has not one, but two sets of metal teeth meant to pick up fleas when you use it to comb your pet. The JW Gripsoft Flea Comb has its metal teeth turned at a ninety degree angle away from its handle, which it claims will make the combing process more comfortable for your pet.
Before you begin combing, you should fill a bowl or bucket with hot and soapy water. This will be used to kill the fleas you find on your pet. Make sure your water bucket is deep enough that a flea will not be able to jump out of it.
You need to pick a location for your combing. Many recommend that you do it outside to make sure any flea eggs you knock loose do not end up all over the floor of your home.
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