Using a tick remover:
Checking for Ticks on Your Dog
You should check for ticks daily, especially after a hike or other outdoor trek. If you’ve been on an adventure, do a quick tick check before loading up in the car, and then once again after you arrive home.
Checking daily helps prevent disease: If you find a tick within 24 hours of its bite, there’s a good chance your dog has not been infected with Lyme disease or other tick-borne illnesses—these take time to transmit. Even if your companion has been infected, treatments are most effective following early detection.
A tick waits for its host in the ‘questing’ position—legs outstretched, reaching for anything that passes near enough for it to grasp. Because ticks hitch a ride using whatever they happen to grab, you may find a tick anywhere on your dog’s body. When you check your dog for ticks, run your hands over his body, using your fingers to feel for bumps in the fur. Examine your dog from nose to tail, focusing on the areas where ticks are most common.
Should You Worry If You Find a Tick On Your Dog?
I tend to panic when I find a tick and then respond but it’s important to just remain calm and remove the tick.
Once you remove the tick, it’s time to figure out what type of tick it is.
You can always reach out to your veterinarian if you have any questions.
Most veterinarians that I know, won’t have a dog come into the hospital for a tick bite unless the area is red, swollen and infected.
It’s important to monitor the area where your dog was bit by a tick for a few days up to a week to make sure it heals well.
How to Treat a Blood-Engorged Tick on a Dog
Finding a tick on your dog isn’t the best feeling, especially if you don’t know how long it’s been there. Thankfully, it’s pretty easy for most dog owners to remove a tick from their dog if you have the right supplies on hand.
No one wants to find a tick on their dog because ticks are nasty little creatures that can carry a mess of diseases.
That’s why it is always important for dog owners like myself to check our dogs regularly during tick season, especially if we’ve been in areas that are heavily wooded or spaces with tall grass and weeds.
A few ways that have worked well for me in checking my dogs for ticks using my hands, a flea comb or even a lint roller to check the dog’s coat.
I always pay close attention to areas that ticks like to hide out in like the dog’s head, groin, paws, ears and neck.
Most species of ticks won’t bite right away so you have a good chance of removing them before they do any damage!
If you find a tick on your dog, don’t worry, it’s pretty easy to remove ticks from your dog’s skin!