How To Check A Dog For Ticks

And Remove The Ticks In 5 Easy Steps

1st Step

While holding your dog still, separate or part the fur and observe carefully. You have to be sure that it is a tick. There are cases of dog owners removing cysts, nipples, and warts believing that they are ticks which the dog doesn’t appreciate. The color of ticks is usually tan-brown or gray. Have a close look at the sides to see if there are legs to which the ticks attach itself to the body of your dog.

2nd Step

Immediately, you are certain it’s a tick, grasp the tick very close to the skin of your dog by using tweezers. Ensure you get the tweezers in a position between the skin of your dog and the tick’s head. Apply a stable and firm pressure to remove the tick from the body of your dog by pulling it straight up. Try not to twist the tick or squeeze it in the process of removing it.

3rd Step

Observe the tick carefully to be sure that you have pulled all the tick out.If you notice the tick moving its legs, know that it is living, but you have pulled all of it out.If you can’t see its legs moving, do not panic as the parts of the mouth and the head left in your dog would not harm your dog.Although it may not a little but the left over bits will be removed naturally by your dog.

4th Step

Keep the tick inside a Ziploc bag or in a jar and transport it to your vet doctor to test it for Borrelia or what we call Lyme disease. Resist the temptation to throw of flying away in anger as it could attach itself to you or your dog again.

5th Step

Use soap and enough water to clean the area thoroughly. Add a little Polysporin. Dont be surprised to see the area where the tick was attached colored red or pink. You may also notice a little loss of hair and scab.

Your Dog and Fleas

A situation where your dog scratches and bites her rump around her tail’s base may indicate that your dog has fleas. What do you do? Use a flea comb with a fine tooth to brush around the bottom of the tail.This particular area is a typical ‘hideout’ for fleas. Observe what the comb gathers in its teethany; if you see little black dots moving around, they are fleas.If you notice that the black dots are not moving, they are likely flea dirt which may indicate that your dog has fleas. To investigate, use a paper towel which has been dampened to press the gathered hair or debris. If you observe a change in the color of the black dots to rusty red, it’s obvious that a flea dirt is present. You may choose to turn your dog around to see her tummy which is a place to observe moving insects easily. What you are searching for is little, quick moving dark dots.

A dog which has fleas urgently requires treatment for the condition. Your vet doctor should give you a topical treatment or go for FleaHex which is completely natural and is useful for controlling flea. Make sure you carefully wash the bedding and vacuum carpeting of your pet. To avoid flea contact in the future, ensure you wash the linens of your dog at least once a week. Also, entirely cover or seal the vacuum bags before transferring them to the trash and completely remove debris which hides fleas away from your compound or yard.

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