I think ticks creep people out more than fleas do. Ticks are a lot easier to avoid than fleas or heart worm are. Although you can potentially pick them up anywhere, they tend to be in grassy or wooded areas with lots of wildlife. When your dog (or cat…or you!) walks by they hitch a ride and start to feed.
Ticks can be hard to see at first, but once they start to feed they swell up and are more noticeable. They’re also hard to remove because they stick their little tick heads right into the skin to latch on and feed. Ewh.
So, other than the ick factor what’s the big deal? Ticks can carry some pretty nasty diseases.
Just like with humans, dogs can get Lyme disease from ticks, although not all infected dogs will get sick. The major signs of Lyme disease in dogs is a form of arthritis. There is a quick test for Lyme disease in dogs, which some vets like to do every year, but I prefer to do only in dogs with symptoms.
There are a number of other tick borne diseases that vary depending on the region you live in. Anaplasmosis (formerly known as Ehrlichia), Babesiosis and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever are all serious illnesses spread by ticks.
These can be great for removing a ticks from your dog. This 2 pack comes in 2 sizes and should get the job done! Remember, take your dog to the vet immediately if you are ever unsure about attempting to remove a tick yourself.
Tick Preventative Ointments
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Be Sure To Talk To Your Vet!
Talk to your vet about the risk of ticks, and tick borne diseases in your area before starting a preventive. The risk will vary depending on where you live, and your lifestyle. If you like to go camping, hiking or hunting with your dog make sure you bring that up if your vet doesn’t ask.
Make a Regular Habit of Checking your Dog
Check your dog over for ticks when you come inside at the end of the day. Tweezers and rubbing alcohol will help you pull the ticks off. Put a bit of rubbing alcohol on the tick, grab it firm with the tweezers as close to the skin as possible and pull slowly and steadily. They are really hard to pull out! The area may look red and irritated, but usually doesn’t need any additional treatment. If that redness isn’t going away, have your vet check it out.
There are fewer options for tick prevention on the market than for the rest of the critters. Topical treatments and collars have been the old stand by, but there are newer preventives in pill form that are quite effective as well.
There are no natural tick preventives. I don’t care what Google turns up!