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One of the biggest problems that dogs have is ticks. Ticks are blood sucking parasites that hook themselves on to anything that has warm flowing blood and is on the move. Despite every warm blooded animal including humans is presenting an opportune environment for the ticks to prosper. They are only found on specific animals, maybe because of their inability to reach or to remove them. Seeing ticks on our dogs is a very common thing in our lives especially for those who live in the countryside. Every time dogs run into the woods or long grass they will most likely come back with ticks crawling on their fur or having already been bitten by some. There are known causes of ticks on dogs and they can be summarised as follows.
Generally a dog will catch ticks if it wanders off into the woods. But this should not be viewed as the only cause of ticks on dogs, after all some of the healthiest happy dogs are found in places where there are woods namely the countryside. A dog interacting with other dogs that have ticks will most probably catch them. Bearing in mind that ticks like warm bloodied animals it is not hard to see just how they can be passed on amongst the dogs. Living in an infested area will most definitely make the dogs infested by ticks all the time even if you remove them by the hour. You can also find a dog that always has ticks, unless you remove the actual ticks from the dog they will keep on multiplying. Don't forget that ticks attach themselves on the skin from larvae, nymphs and adults, so unless you actively remove them or use chemicals to remove them then people will be stuck with ticks on dogs.
Having ticks on dogs can be minimised by using a simple procedure to remove them. The steps involved are:
Always remove the ticks in a place where there is bright light. You can use a flashlight to help you locate the ticks that are hiding especially on the ears, the neck and the claws. It is advisable to use some light latex gloves for hygienic purposes.
Ticks have varying sizes and colours and for this reason you will need to check for them in the different areas on the body of your pet dog. The ticks can hide under the belly, in the ears between the claws and around the eyes.
Using a pair of tweezers to grasp the tick by the head and as close to its head as possible. While grasping the tick put emphasis into not squeezing its abdomen as this will burst it and a bloody mess will ensue and can create more potent ground for bacteria. Pull the tick straight out of the skin.
Clean the places where the ticks were embedded with mild soap and water. If some part of the tick's head is left on the skin of the dark you need not to be alarmed as with time it will fall off.