Ticks On dogs: How To Identify And Remove Ticks

  • 12/05/2020

Every good pet parent wants to provide the best for their loving dogs. We wish them excellent health but there’s a usual culprit that makes our dog sick and that is tick.

Ticks can be found all over the world, they are very small insects from the Acari order. Currently, there are 850 known species and 90 of those can be found in the United States. Of course, “you will need an entomologist to identify the species of the tick in your surroundings,” says Gerry Loon, an essay writer and manager at an assignment writing service.

The most important thing though is to make sure that a tick made your dog ill. Since pets frequently spend time outdoors, there’s a big chance that the dog exposed to parasites will catch a tick. Let’s properly identify this pet enemy.

What are its basic characteristics? Ticks don’t have wings. Their shape is oval and flat in appearance until they suck blood from your pet. Adult and nymph ticks have eight legs while larvae will only have six. Their colour may be any of the following: yellowish, reddish-brown, black, brown, or greyish-white.

Now that you can properly identify the tick, how can you remove it? First, make sure that your dog had “brain training” or else it would be difficult for your pet to obey you. If your dog is well-behaved, then you can start the advice given by the CDC. What you only need is a fine-tipped tweezer since ticks are very small and they quickly move as well.

Then follow this step-by-step procedure:

  1. Grasp the tick as fast as you can and as close to the dog’s skin surface as possible.
  2. In a steady motion, pull the tweezer upward and apply even pressure.
  3. Make sure you don’t jerk or twist the tick since the mouth-parts might break off. Thus, it will remain in the skin.
  4. Once you removed the tick, put it in alcohol.
  5. Place it inside a sealed container or bag.
  6. Wrapped the container tightly in tape before discarding.
  7. Go back to your pet and clean the bite area thoroughly.

There are two important reminders, though, to make sure you don’t get sick while taking good care of your pet:

  1. After removing ticks, thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water or using rubbing alcohol.
  2. Never use your finger or nails to crush the tick.

It is important to have a routine check with your dog’s skin to prevent ticks from reproducing. It would take a lot of work if the tick spreads quickly and it might mean more harm to your beloved pet’s health. Yes, prevention is better than cure.



Isabell Gaylord works as a journalist. She also manages a college paper writing service where she works with other professional essay writers to create academized reviews. In her free time, she also enjoys travelling.


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