Tick Threat to Dogs is 365 Days a Year
You love to spend time outside with your dog. Walking in the woods, running around in the park and simply just having fun with man’s best friend. It’s great to be out in the open air and there’s nothing more your pet pooch loves than to go exploring. However, with exploration, there are hidden dangers lurking out there to your dog. Man’s worst friend… the tick! Ticks on dogs are a big problem. Here are a few tips to keep your dog safe 365 days a year.
How do you check your dog for ticks?
As a responsible pet owner, it’s important to give your pooch a thorough check once you’ve been outside. After all, a dog can’t check itself, so it’s relying on you to make sure there are no hitchhiking ticks. Even though ticks are active mainly during the spring and summer, they are still a threat throughout the year, so a check needs to be done EVERY time you go out, no matter what the season. Check for any unusual lumps or bumps, in particular around the head, neck, ears and feet as these are the most common areas for ticks to latch on.
How do you remove a tick from a dog that’s embedded?
If you find a tick on your dog that is embedded, then you need to be able to remove it safely, as soon as possible. Here’s a helpful video demonstrating how to do this.
Do ticks lay eggs on dogs?
Ticks are using your dog as their food source, which in turn enables them to breed. They won’t necessarily lay eggs on your dog, they will just feed and mate until they are ready to drop off. Adult ticks are the culprits for attaching themselves to dogs because they need more blood. The tick life cycle explains further.
What is the best tick prevention for dogs
The best way to keep your dog safe from ticks is by familiarizing yourself with the best tick prevention methods.
It’s no fun having to remove ticks from your dog during the spring and summer months. Not only are these blood-suckers nasty to look at, all filled up with your pet’s hard won blood as they are, they are also notoriously difficult to dislodge, making it so you have to get up close and personal in order to assure success. Because left too long or not removed entirely, these buggers can cause some serious diseases. So, what can you do to keep your dog tick-free this season?
We may be coming up to the cooler months when you think it’s okay to relax a little when it comes to ticks, but we’re sorry to say that you’re wrong. These disease spreading bests are hanging around a lot longer than expected, so as a responsible pet owner, get your dog safe 365 days a year.