Ticks are indeed very harmful insects which must be kept off from the dogs. They have to be dealt very intelligently if you are residing in a tick prone area. For instance, deer ticks are very dangerous and are carriers of Lyme disease which badly affects human beings also. So it becomes very essential to take all precautions to keep your pet free from ticks.
There are a number of measures which can be taken to kill the ticks from the body of your pet. The best and most convenient method is to apply some branded antiseptic solution to your dog’s body occasionally or when you feel it necessary. This application can prevent the tick attack or it can kill any tick hiding in the body of your pet. This process can keep both the flea and ticks far away from your dog.
Another precaution which you can take is to remove the weeds and unwanted bushes from the garden where your dog plays. The majority of the ticks assemble on the branches of such plants from where it can easily migrate into the body of your pet. Ticks are most active in the spring season and live in tall bushes or grass, where they may attach to dogs playing on their turf. These parasites prefer to stay close to the head, neck, feet and ear area. In severe infestations, however, they can be found anywhere on a dog’s body. It is therefore desirable to eradicate the weeds and trim the grass and other plants also so that the risk of ticks can be minimized. This will also give a neat and tidy look to your garden too.
Infestation by ticks can cause blood loss, Anemia, Tick paralysis, Skin irritation or infection. Ticks can also transmit diseases such as Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis and Rocky Mountain spotted fever, all of which can cause serious complications and are potentially fatal for your pet if not undergone prompt and proper treatment.
Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that can affect humans, dogs, cats and other mammals. Its primary carrier is the deer tick, which often feeds on rodents in its early stages. Later, the tick can attach to a dog or human and transmit the bacteria that cause Lyme disease. Clinical signs include depression, swelling of the lymph nodes, loss of appetite and fever, as well as lameness and swollen, painful joints. Renal failure can also be a consequence of Lyme disease.
Therefore, it is very important to ensure a tick-free lawn by mowing it regularly, removing tall weeds and making it inhospitable to rodents by keeping garbage covered and inaccessible.
Care must be taken to inspect your dog when he or she comes roaming in the woods or bushy places, specifically if loss of appetite is marked. Search for ticks, remove them and take the dog to the vet immediately. Such a situation may be an alarm towards the inception of tick paralysis which starts being visible from numbness in the hind limbs of the dog spreading to the whole body. Improvement can be noticed as soon as the ticks are removed from the body of the pet.
Occurrence of Lyme disease can be confirmed through performance of blood test for your pet and consumption of prescribed antibiotics can cure the disease if detected in early stages.
A good precautionary measure against such a disease is to check your dog’s skin regularly, say every week, for ticks. Presence of ticks can be visualized by moving your hands on the body of your pet and locating any spherical small lump like mass, if present. Immediately look for means to remove it from the dog’s body.
Ticks are visible to the naked eye. Ticks pierce into the skin of the dog through a sting which sucks blood from the body. If you do spot a tick, it is important to take care when removing it. Any contact with the tick’s blood can potentially transmit infection to your dog or even to you! Treat the area with rubbing alcohol and pluck the parasite with tweezers, making sure you’ve gotten the biting head and other body parts.
Once you have taken out the tick, do not throw it here and there, but you place it in a container having alcohol in it. If the ticks have not pierced deep through the skin, you can use a flea comb to remove them. Since it may only take a few hours for disease to be transmitted from an attached tick, it is ideal for your dog to be evaluated by a veterinarian soon after any ticks are found.
The ticks found out, if are bigger ones, are an indication of ones having deeper root penetrations into the skin. Without wasting any time, they should be removed with utmost care. The head of the tick should be held tightly with the help of a pair of tweezers and slowly pulled out of the skin. Throwing them in the open or in the dustbin would not kill them; therefore it is necessary to put them in a jar containing alcohol.c
Use of a heated iron rod or lighted cigarette should be avoided for removal of ticks as this may injure your dog and may not even ensure killing of ticks. Spraying of alcohol over the affected area is not advisable and is not fruitful even. So the best way is to use a mechanical procedure