What are dog ticks?
Ticks are eight-legged parasites that will bite your dog to drink his blood. Although dog ticks are very small, they can swell up to the size of a pea once bonded to your dog by digging their mouthparts into their skin.
There are several types of ticks that can affect dogs in the UK, including dog ticks, sheep ticks, and hedgehog ticks. she can bite humans too, and some ticks can transmit disease.
How do I recognize ticks on my dog?
Dog ticks are just big enough to be visible, especially if they’ve already had a bite – then they can look like small
Warts, and on closer inspection you can see their legs too. You can usually find them around your dog’s head and neck area – just part your dog’s fur and run your fingers over the skin. Tick bites on dogs can also cause irritation and
How do I remove dog ticks?
Never pull a tick out of your dog’s skin or you may leave the mouthpiece behind, which can lead to infection
or inflammation. Instead, ask your veterinarian to provide you with a specially designed tick removal tool that will help you remove them and ask them to show you how to remove dog ticks if you are not sure.
After removing the tick, check that the head and legs are intact and that nothing is left on your dog’s skin. If you think this might be the case, speak to your veterinarian who can advise and calm your thoughts.
Some flea products also kill ticks, while others provide additional protection against them, although they need to be used more frequently than usual. Always speak to your veterinarian about the best treatment for your dog. In some cases, brushing your dog can also help remove him.
For more information, check out our simple, step-by-step guide to removing a tick from a dog.
How do I prevent dog ticks?
You may live in an area where ticks are more common. Ask your veterinarian if this is the case. If you live in an area with more ticks, the best way to prevent them is through veterinary-approved treatments.
Spot-on treatments, collars, and sometimes even tablets can help repel or kill ticks if they cling to your dog. There are many options available. Ask your veterinarian which one is best. These preventive agents are available either from your veterinarian or, in some cases, from a pet store.
Make checking for dog ticks a part of your routine. When grooming your dog, watch for signs of ticks so you can catch them early.
Are dog ticks dangerous?
Your dog will usually not suffer any harm from having ticks. Although they are not dangerous in themselves, ticks
can sometimes pass diseases on from other animals.
For example, ticks can pass on Lyme disease. This would need to be addressed by your veterinarian as well as getting rid of that Ticks. Lyme disease can also be passed on to humans. So if you have been bitten by a tick and feel uncomfortable, see a family doctor.
If your dog has been bitten by a tick and you are concerned about it, contact the veterinarian for further advice.
Can people be bitten by dog ticks?
Many types of ticks don’t care which animal they attach themselves to – including you! When removing ticks from your dog, make sure you don’t get any yourself.
People can also be bitten by dog ticks. Bites can cause irritation or in some cases pass the disease on. If you are bitten by a tick, safely remove it without leaving the mouthpiece behind. To be on the safe side, even if you feel fine after being bitten, don’t hesitate to see your GP.
Ticks are certainly something your dog shouldn’t have, but if you notice them the process is simple – remove them safely and seek advice from your veterinarian.