Health Alert: Ticks – About Them and How To Remove Them!

April 29th, 2008 by Dan

Spring and summer mean more outdoor adventures with your dog! We know you are both looking forward to the warm weather (we are too!), but no one is looking forward to those uninvited guests that occasionally appear on your dog – Ticks. Ticks are arthropods, meaning that they are part of a group of invertebrate animals that has an external skeleton and a segmented body. They feed on the blood of other animals and are one of the most common carriers of disease when it comes to parasites that feed on our pets.

Ticks have sensors that allow them to detect the heat of passing animals. When they are alerted to an animal coming close to them, they latch on with pincher’s that embed in the dogs skin. The tick will not detach until it is engorged and full.

The most common areas for Ticks to attach onto your dog are places with little fur, such as the ears, around the mouth or on other parts of the face.

Tick Feeding On A Dog

Photo by loxosceles


How To Remove Ticks:

The best method for tick removal is using a conventional pair of tweezers grab the tick as close to the head as possible (where it is attached to your dog’s skin). With a clean movement, pull the tick away from your dogs skin and place it into a container of alcohol (this will suffocate the tick – they are exceptionally hardy and can often climb out of water). If there are small pieces of the head left embedded in your dog, keep an eye on the location and consult your veterinarian if any irritation occurs.


Ticks and Disease:

Ticks can carry a variety of diseases such as Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Lyme Disease, but most Tick bites are harmless. Your geographic location will have a great deal to do with your dogs increased risk for contracting these illnesses if exposed to a tick bite. Take care, no matter where you live, to check your pet over thoroughly after adventuring outdoors.

Prevention:
There are products on the market that will help control ticks (along with fleas), some of the best known are Frontline, Frontline Plus and Revolution. I strongly advise against using over the counter tick control products – some of them are known to be quite toxic to all animals (including dogs!). We also found this natural “recipe” that is said to keep ticks away as well!





5 Responses to “Health Alert: Ticks – About Them and How To Remove Them!”

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  2. D King Says:

    thank you for the advise on how to remove the ticks from my buddy Max. he had a pack of 4 feeding in a small group.

  3. Affiniton, LLC Says:

    There is now an instant, on-site tick test for Lyme Disease, called Lymealyzer. Once a tick is removed from a pet, it can be instantly tested to see if it carries the bacteria which causes Lyme disease.

    Future plans are to introduce instant tests for other tick-borne illnesses.

    For more information, please visit http://www.lymealyzer.com (in development now) or e-mail us at connect@affiniton.com

    Thank you.

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