If you have a dog, you will be interested to learn how to remove a tick from a dog safely. Ticks feed on the mammals’ blood. They are external parasites, meaning that they live out of a host’s body, attached to his skin. They can transmit several diseases, including Lyme disease, which can sometimes result in death of the host.
That is why it is extremely important to remove it time. However, it is not always easy to spot a tick, especially if your dog has long hair. If you notice that your dog’s behavior is different, if the dog is too calm and doesn’t want to run and play – or his urine has different color than normal, these can be the signs that there is a tick that has to be removed as soon as possible. When the symptoms have occurred, it can even be too late.
The best thing you can do for your dog is to prevent ticks from attaching to the dog’s body. There are injections that are given to the dog in order to keep ticks away. There are also other products (sprays and powders) that are applied externally, directly onto the dog’s skin. Some of them are very efficient, but they last up to one or two months, so you will have to repeat the procedure after this period of time.
If you see a tick on your dog’s skin, you can take the dog to a vet or you can remove it by yourself. Here is what you need to do: first of all, protect your hands by wearing latex gloves.
Use tweezers to catch the tick head. Make sure you catch it properly. Sometimes the head can stay inside. To prevent this, grasp the head properly and pull it out. Do not squeeze the tick while taking it out. If you failed to do this right, take the dog to a vet.