How To Remove A Tick From Your Dog

How To Remove A Tick From Your Dog


The Kennel Club advise that after taking your dog for a walk, it’s a good idea to check them for ticks. Brush your hands over their body to check for any unusual small bumps, particularly around their:
  • Ears
  • Head
  • Neck
  • Groin
  • Armpits
  • Feet
Ticks vary in size, but you should be able to see their oval shaped body, which will get bigger as it fills with blood. Ticks may go inside a dogs’ ear, so if your dog is shaking their head a lot, it’s worth having a careful look inside with a torch.

If you find a tick on your dog, it must be removed, however if done incorrectly, mouthparts left inside your dog could result in a local tissue reaction, inflammation and infection often requiring antibiotics or even surgical removal. Resist the urge to pull it out as ticks need to be removed slowly and carefully. Therefore you may wish to speak to your vet about techniques and how to remove them effectively.
Tick buried in a dog's skin
According to the Kennel Club the number of human cases of lyme disease is rising, unfortunately it’s still a difficult disease to diagnose in dogs, so prevention against ticks is of vital importance. Typically, dogs may show:
  • An initial “bulls eye” rash around the tick bite site
  • Intermittent lameness
  • Fever
  • Lethargy

How to remove a tick from a human

The NHS website recommends the following:
  1. Use fine-tipped tweezers or a tick-removal tool – you can buy these from some pharmacies, vets and pet shops
  2. Grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible.
  3. Slowly pull upwards, taking care not to squeeze or crush the tick. Dispose of it when you’ve removed it.
  4. Clean the bite area with antiseptic or soap and water.
removing a tick from human skin
The risk of becoming ill is low, so you don’t need to do anything else unless you become unwell. Symptoms for Lyme Disease can occur up to 3 months after a tick bite and the symptoms for this are:

In the early stages you will develop either a red rash (like a bull’s-eye / target) and/or flu-like symptoms:
  • High temperature, or feeling hot and shivery
  • Headaches
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Tiredness and loss of energy

If you are at all concerned speak to your doctor.

 

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