If you read Woof’s latest on ticks and tick born illnesses you undoubtedly know by now why these blood sucking creatures are so problematic.
Ticks aren’t just pesky- they can cause life threatening illnesses in both you and your dog. So what’s the best way to remove them?
1. Get fine toothed tweezers.
Tweezers with a fine tip will allow for a better grasp.
2. Grasp the tick as close to the skin’s surface as possible.
3. Pull upward with gentle but steady pressure.
4. Do not twist or jerk suddenly- this may cause parts (especially the mouth) to break off and result in incomplete removal of the tick.
5. Once the tick is removed, cleanse the area with iodine, or soap and water.
The size of the tick will depend on how long they have been attached/feeding for.
6. Dispose of the tick by submerging it in alcohol, or wrapping it in paper and flushing it down the toilet.
7. After the tick is removed, examine the area. If there is a rash present (not just minor skin irritation), you will need to make an appointment with the veterinarian. Lyme Disease (one of the most common tick born illnesses), is associated with a bulls eye type rash.
On that same token, not all red rings on your dogs skin indicate Lyme Disease. If in doubt, take your dog in to see the vet.
Watch for systemic symptoms which may indicate Lyme Disease:
-Lack of appetite
-Swelling of joints and lymph nodes
-Lameness in legs