How to Check Your Pet for Ticks

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Dogs are adorable, fluffy companions that fill our lives with joy. Ticks are painful parasites that feed on blood and transmit dangerous diseases. These two animals have almost nothing in common, yet at the same time, pets like dogs and cats are some of the most vulnerable animals to tick bites. And when ticks bite, they don’t let go. To protect your beloved pets from these harmful pests, here is how to check them for ticks and make sure they stay pest-free.

Checking Your Pets for Ticks

Ticks don’t fly or leap onto your pets like fleas. Ticks latch on to their legs, or any other body part that makes contact with the ground, and work their way upwards. To see if they have any ticks on their body, rub your fingers against their fur, feeling for any bumps. They will just think you are petting them. Make sure to check their eyelids, around their collar, their legs, toes, tail and belly, as these are the places where ticks are best able to hide. If you see any ticks, take a pair of tweezers, spread your pet’s fur to expose the skin, and grab the tick with the tweezers as close to the skin as possible. Then, pull slowly and steadily to prevent the tick’s jaw from being embedded in the skin.

Preventing Tick Bites

To keep your pet from having to worry about a tick bite in the first place, here are how to keep ticks off your dog or cat. First, if you take your dogs on walks, try to keep them away from heavily wooded areas and tall grass. Then, to make your dog less appetizing, put a tick collar around their necks. These collars are designed to repel ticks before they even bite. Meanwhile, you can put a topical insecticide on their fur. Some of these insecticides can last for up to three months before you need to reapply. Check with your vet to make sure the ointment you’re using is safe for your pet.   

Every year, ticks are responsible for infecting thousands of animals and people with dangerous diseases, including babesiosis, ehrlichiosis and Lyme disease. So, if your dog gets bitten by a tick, it’s more than irritation that you have to worry about. Fortunately, there are tons of easy ways to keep your pet happy and tick-free. For more information, or to receive quality pest control services, visit us at today.