Why are ticks harmful to dogs?
Ticks are harmful to dogs because they can transmit Lyme Disease which can cause a range of symptoms, from mild to severe, including fever, lethargy and joint pain.
Tick bites can also cause irritation and inflammation, which can lead to skin infections if left untreated. Additionally, some dogs may develop an allergic reaction to tick bites, which can cause severe itching and discomfort.
How can you prevent your dog from getting ticks?
Preventing your dog from picking up ticks is the best way to protect your dog from the harmful effects of tick bites. Here are some tips to help you prevent ticks taking hold:
Keep your garden and outdoor spaces clean: Ticks thrive in tall grass and wooded areas, so keep your garden clean and free of debris to make it less hospitable to ticks.
Check your dog regularly: Regularly check your dog for ticks, especially after spending time outdoors in areas where ticks are common. Ticks can cling onto your dog almost anywhere on their body so it’s important to make a habit of doing a thorough search.
Avoid tick-infested areas: If you know there are tick-infested areas in your area, avoid them whenever possible. If you’re unsure, join a local dog owners group on Facebook or do some research online before setting out.
What should you do if your dog has a tick?
If you find a tick on your dog, don't panic. Here's what you should do:
Remove the tick: Use tweezers or a tick removal tool to carefully remove the tick from your dog's skin. Be sure to get the entire tick, including the head, and avoid squeezing it. If you’re not able to remove the tick, or simply don’t want to do it yourself (No judgement here! Ticks can be scary) then you can drop into the Dragonfly shop in Slaithwaite and take advantage of our tick removal service by our clinician.
Clean the area: Clean the area around the tick bite with soap and water or an antiseptic solution.
Monitor your dog: Keep an eye on your dog for any signs of illness, such as fever or lethargy, and contact your veterinarian if you notice any symptoms.
In conclusion, ticks are a common and harmful problem for dogs, but with the right preventative measures and prompt action, you can protect your furry friend from the harmful effects of tick bites.
Remember to regularly check your dog for ticks, use tick preventatives, and avoid tick-infested areas whenever possible.
Happy dog parenting!
With Woofs and Wags,
Laura, Dolly & Reggie