Ticks are an external parasite mostly found on mammals. They feed and live on blood and also come with serious health risks if not properly cared treated. A study, led by Bristol University, discovered that there is a huge increase in the UK population of ticks which are carrying some really quite nasty diseases which are really hazardous to your dog’s health should they pick one up.
With the likelihood of a dog picking a tick up equal in both rural and urban areas, it is essential that you know what to look for and what to do should this likely scenario happen. Research also revealed that one in three dogs across the UK is being fed upon by ticks. Knowing how to identify if your dog has a tick is a necessity as it helps keep your dog safe and protected. Here are some facts you should know about keeping your dogs protected from ticks.
• Ticks on dogs are dangerous and carry severe health related diseases such as Lyme diseases that is harmful to both dogs and owners.
• The spider-like creatures can be found in areas of dense grass, farmland or in the local park. You stand a high risk of having this blood sucking creature attached to your pet when you take your dogs for a walk in the park or countryside.
• Ticks on dogs can result in paralysis which generally starts in the rear legs before affecting other parts of the body.
• If a dog catches a disease through a tick, it can cause several health related issues including loss of appetite, laziness, pain, fever, swelling and much more. These are symptoms of Lyme diseases.
How To Protect Your Dogs From Ticks
• A great way to protect your dog, especially if you are living in areas with lots of tall grass, farmland and woodland, is to use tick repellents. These flea and tick repellents can really help keep your dogs protected from ticks.
• Also make sure to check your dog including the inner ear, nose and limbs on a daily basis. This will help you to find any of these pesky ticks on your dogs especially if you live in a tick infested area.
• Wear gloves and use specialised tick removal tweezers before touching and removing ticks attached to your dogs. Ensure you get all of the tick out and don’t leave the head/mouth part embedded in your dog as this may cause an infection.