Ticks are nasty little blood sucking parasites that really give us the heebie jeebies. They burrow their heads into the skin of warm blooded animals and feast away. These nasty monsters spread diseases and can go undetected for a long time so it’s important to stay vigilant on both yourself and your dog.
Ticks are usually found near farms and woodland areas. It is best to avoid walking your dog near areas that you suspect might contain ticks as they can transmit very serious and potentially life threatening diseases, such as Lyme Disease. If you notice that your dog has a tick, it is vital that you use a tick remover provided by your vet. Do not attempt to burn it off as this can provoke the tick to release its stomach contents into your dog’s bloodstream. Once you have removed the tick make sure that you haven’t left its mouthpart embedded in your dog’s skin and then use a mild dog antiseptic to clean around the area. Get in touch with your vet if you notice any irritation, pain or swelling, limpness or a change in your dog’s behaviour, as these could be signs of infection.
Tick prevention medication is usually included in flea treatment. Apply the contact treatment to your dog’s skin along his back as well as above and below his collar. You don’t want to apply tick treatment to areas of your dog’s coat where he can reach, otherwise he might lick it off and the medication will not do its job. Tick treatment is not absorbed by dog hair, so make sure that you apply it to your dog’s skin instead. Avoid rubbing in the treatment as this will prevent your dog from getting the correct dosage.
Your vet will provide you with the correct dosage for your dog’s size and weight. They will also tell you how much treatment you should apply at a time and how often you should apply it, as well as any further information you might need about how to apply a particular tick prevention product.