Recognizing Dog Ticks

What’s the best way in recognizing dog ticks? Ticks are something that dogs often suffer from. Because most dogs enjoy the outdoors, they are susceptible to ticks. These parasites enjoy latching onto dogs and feed off of their blood and are eager to do so. Therefore, it is very important that you take special care to prevent, watch for and recognize dog ticks.

There are several ways to do this. If you can try to keep your dog away from the types of places that dog ticks like to hang out. This includes the woods and open fields. However, if this is not possible, check your dog for ticks if you know that he or she has been running through these areas. If you find a tick, you need to remove it as soon as possible.

Before you are able to pull the tick away from your dog’s skin, it is important that you get adept at recognizing dog ticks. They look like fleas and are dark in color, many times grayish in tone.

After you determine that you are dealing with a tick, you need to locate all of them on your dog’s skin. There are a number of ways to accomplish this. One way that is recommended is to stun the tick, get it to release its’ bite and then pull it. Try spraying it with a little bit of alcohol. This will usually do the trick. Once it loosens up, take it off of your dog.

It is important that you were gloves while you do this. Also, make sure that you don’t use any sharp objects to dislodge the tick. Because the tick’s blood is poisonous, if your dog has any open wounds or cuts, then these spots can get infected by the tick’s blood. Take a thorough and careful look at your dog’s coat so that you are positive that you have all of the ticks.

Place all of the dog ticks that you find in a jar of alcohol. When you have removed them all, place them in this jar and then flush them down the toilet.

Once you remove the tick, it is important to treat any cuts with antiseptic to ensure that these spots do not get infected. If you notice that your dog is having symptoms commonly associated with dog tick infestation, it is important to take then to the doctor so that they can be treated as soon as possible.

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