Dog with Ticks - Your dog can pick up ticks in a number of situations and as they are nasty parasites that could potentially be carrying infections and diseases, you will want to remove any as soon as possible. Your family pet could suffer tick fever as a result of a bite and it is important to understand and be able to identify signs and symptoms of your canine being ill due to parasites. Our pets can be targeted by many different species of tick, depending on where you live or are visiting in the world. In Canada and the USA, the Brown dog, Lone star, Deer and American dog ticks are all common pests on canines. Over in the UK, the Hedgehog and Sheep ticks are more commonly found on dogs, and in Australia it is the Paralysis and Brown dog ticks that cause most of the problems.
Dog Tick Prevention - Not all ticks carry diseases, in fact a very low percentage do, but you do not want to knowingly put your dog at risk. There are simple steps you could take to help avoid them, just by understanding where they may be and how they work. Ticks can be found in woods, forests, heaths, meadows and other areas of tall grass where the habitat may be favourable for them to reproduce. There are four stages to their lifecycle (egg, larvae, nymph and adult) and for development they must feed on the blood of a host. This could quite easily be your pet if you are to visit such areas that are tick-prone. Not only are these parasites found in the countryside, they can be picked up in your yard, from parks and in kennels. If you can avoid going off the beaten track when out walking, this may be a simple avoidance technique.
Repel, prevent and remove Ticks on a Dog - Repellents will also help you and your pets avoid parasitic pests, as will spot-on treatment and rinses. There are a number of products sold through the internet or alternatively you could ask your local veterinarian which would be best for your type of dog. As ticks can be more of a nuisance during tick season, ensure you are both thoroughly covered with repellent before going outdoors. Tick collars are said to help repel these pests but some do contain harsh ingredients so be sure you understand what is involved. You donít want to have other pets lick or gnaw on a tick collar nor do you want your dog to be ingesting any harmful chemicals. Supplements to your pet's daily meal could include garlic, brewers yeast, apple cider or white vinegar - ensure the dosage is in line with the size of your animal. A healthy balanced nutritional diet will also help to build a strong immune system to fight any illnesses parasites may carry. A daily check for ticks is advised, certainly if your pets are allowed to roam free during the day or if they are kept outdoors in kennels. You do not want your dog bringing ticks into the home. If a tick is found on your dog, it will need to be removed carefully and in one piece. Vets know how to remove dog ticks safely - you can also see our page about how to remove ticks.
Dog and Ticks
Dog Ticks at Home - To help avoid ticks in the yard, keep it clean and tidy. Sweep up any leaves, cut the lawns short and cut back overgrown vegetation, shrubs, plants and trees. Ticks can be transported into the garden by rodents, birds, deer, foxes and a number of other animals, so look to prevent them for entering. Place fencing around the parameter of the yard and consider planting natural repelling shrubs (this may also help keep deer away). Keep bird tables away from the home, so that birds and squirrels are kept a distance away. The yard can also be treated with powders and sprays on insecticide that will keep parasite numbers low and prevent them from getting on your house pets (keep all animals away when using any harmful chemicals). In the home, regular vacuuming, cleaning of bedding, baskets, and general cleaning around the house on furniture, window seals, floors and entrances will help keep parasites to a minimum. Holes, cracks and crevices where ticks may enter the home should be filled sprayed so they cant target your pets whilst they are sleeping.
Dog Tick Symptoms and Treatments - Symptoms of infectious bites could cause a loss of appetite, fevers, depression, swelling and muscle pains, fatigue and even paralysis. These signs could show up weeks after a tick bite, so immediately seek examination by your veterinarian and be sure to mention if you have been near areas where ticks may be or if you had found/removed a tick from your dog. This will help with the diagnosis. The veterinarian will be able to provide medication to help if any illnesses are captured in the early stages. Therefore, repellent, daily checks, monitoring a change in character and seeking professional help can all help your dog when it comes to ticks. Get the treatment your pet needs!