It’s that time of year where it is a good idea to check your pet for any unwanted insects such as fleas and ticks. Your pet can very easily pick them up from anywhere especially when they are out and about in the grass, particularly in this great weather.
Prevention is always better than cure, so it is good to take measures now to stop them picking up creepy crawlies. When you bring your pet for its annual check-up, pick up tick and flea repellent. Dosage may differ depending on the size and breed of the dog, so it is good to ask your vet what they recommend. They can also demonstrate the best way to apply it or even do it for you so that it is placed where it is most effective. If you are not due a visit to the vet don’t worry because treatment is available from most pet supply shops over the counter.
All dogs suffer the occasional itch but if it becomes persistent it is worth investigating further. If you suspect your pet has fleas, then you may need stronger medication that is administered in tablet form from the vet. Fleas that are treated early are easier to kill because as they get older they become more resilient.
Ticks are another parasitic insect that live off the warm blood of its host. A tick can go undetected as they start off very small and are usually well hidden under your pet’s fur. It is not until they start to grow that you will notice the tick attached to your dog. Firstly, don’t touch it with bare hands and if your squeamish ask for help because it must be removed properly and in one go. Ticks can carry potentially deadly diseases so swift action is advised.
If you are going to perform the removal of the tick, make sure to have a few essentials to hand before you start.
What you will need:
- Rubber Gloves
- Container/jar with a lid
- Rubbing Alcohol
- Antibacterial wipes
Put the gloves on and place the tweezers as close to the dog’s skin. Grip the tick with gentle pressure and pull in one straight movement. Don’t twist the tick as you want to get all the tick, so you can remove any risk of your pet contracting any illness. Place the tick in the sealed container with the rubbing alcohol to kill the tick. It is a good idea to hold onto the container and tick for a week after extraction in case your dog becomes ill, so you can bring the tick to be tested to determine if it has passed on any diseases. Once the tick is removed wipe the area of the dog’s skin with antibacterial wipes. If you feel you have not removed the entire tick it is important to go straight to the vet to get the remainder of it taken out from under your dog’s skin to avoid infection.
Has your pet ever had to have a tick removed?
the team at PawTrails