If you could come cross a tick on your bedding, carpets or on the floor, you and your dog probably brought it in the house. Bitten by a tick, a dog may exhibit signs of mild or high grade fever. This may only last for 24 hours or continue for days or weeks. Signs of fever include loss of appetite and shivering.
A tick may cause a dog to excessively lip at the bite site. If you notice the behavior or find scabs on your dog’s body, make sure to conduct a closer examination. If your dog is constantly shaking its head, a tick may be brought to its ear canal. Ticks like to hide in warm damp places. If you feel a small bump when you are patting your dog, it might be a tick. Poke the dog’s hair to get a closer look.
To prevent your pet from tick bites, your pet can wear a dog flea tick collar. If unluckily, your pet is bitten by ticks, they can transmit deadly diseases to your pet within 24 hours with a bite. Here is the best way to remove a tick from your dog or cat.
First you need rubber gloves because ticks carry infectious agents that can get into the human blood stream. It is best to play safe when protecting your pet. When getting ready to remove a tick, it is important to keep your pet calm because any unusual poking or prodding makes your pet nervous. If someone else is available, have that person hold your pet to keep it calm. Now you are ready to remove the tick.
Tick tweezers work best and hold the tick closer to the dog’s skin as close as possible. Be careful not to pinch though. Use steady pressure, and hold the tick out using the straight motion. Be careful not to twist or jerk the tick because you want to avoid leaving mouth behind. Also make sure not to squeeze or crush the tick because the fluid may contain infectious materials.
Kill the tick by placing it in a container of rubbing alcohol. Once the tick is dead, most veterinarians recommend keeping the tick in the container with a lid in case your pet starts to display symptoms of the disease. Your veterinarian might want to evaluate the tick if your pet is showing signs of infection. Use antiseptic wipes or rubbing alcohol to disinfect the bite site. Remember to prepare all these dog products in advance in case of the tick bite.
Keep an eye on the signs of infection. If the area becomes red and inflamed, make an appointment with your veterinarian right away. Make sure to keep a close eye on your dog or cat over the next few weeks and look out any straight symptoms like reluctant to move, fever, fatigue, loss of appetite or swollen area. If your pet displays any of these symptoms, take your pet to the veterinarian immediately.