Anyone who owns a dog or who has in the past, is well aware of the prevalence and dangers of ticks to dogs and puppies. Ticks are very common pests that dog owners have to constantly be on guard against. Dogs pick up ticks from their surroundings and are most susceptible to them during the summer time. When this occurs, it is very important that an effective dog tick treatment be administered.
If a dog is not properly treated after a tick has latched on to him or her, there is the risk for serious illness. Ticks are parasites that attach on to dogs and puppies and feed off of their blood. There are several dog tick treatments that can be used to get rid of them. The first step is to remove them. We’ll discuss how to do just that in this article.
The first thing that needs to be done is to immobilize or stun the tick. This is because they are very difficult to remove otherwise. They have teeth that curve backwards so that once they latch on they are very hard to get rid of. One way to stun them is to spray alcohol on them. They will generally let go of their latch. It is important that whoever is the removing the tick wears surgical gloves to protect themselves.
Be very careful when you remove the tick. Their blood is poisonous and you don’t want to burst it. If your dog has a cut and the tick’s blood enters it, this can lead to an infection. Take the tick off of your dog with your hands if possible. Although some people prefer to use tweezers, this is not the best option.
Fill a jar half way with alcohol. Place all of the ticks that you find on your dog in this jar. The ticks will eventually die after being placed in the alcohol. Next, flush them down the toilet. Some vets will want a sample of the tick. If this is the case, keep a couple in the jar, flush the rest and then take the jar to the vet’s office.
Finding and removing your dog or puppies tick is the first step in dog tick treatment. If your dog is showing no signs of infection, this may be the only step that needs to be taken.