HOW TO REMOVE A TICK FROM A DOG
As much as we love warm weather, there’s one thing we could do without in the summertime—ticks and fleas. However, we don’t expect to get our way anytime soon, so this is a great time of year to discuss how to prevent fleas and ticks, and what you should do should the worst occur.
HOW CAN I PREVENT MY DOG FROM GETTING TICKS AND FLEAS?
We can recommend a treatment or prescription that prevents fleas and ticks—there are some products that handle both. Just ask us during your next appointment for a recommendation or give us a call.
Once you have the treatment in hand, follow basic precautions before giving it to your dog. So, you’ll want to carefully read the directions, make sure you understand the side effects, and use the correct dosage, so your pet stays safe.
IT’S TOO LATE! I’VE ALREADY FOUND A FLEA ON MY DOG. NOW WHAT?
Don’t despair. You can get your dog flea-free again—although it will require some work. However, it’s time well-spent, because fleas left untreated will quickly lead to more fleas, increasing your dog’s discomfort.
Your first step here is to call us for a recommendation. For instance, if your dog was already using a flea prevention product, it failed, so we may want to switch things up.
You’ll also want to regularly vacuum, if the fleas seem to have invaded the rest of your house. So, run a vacuum each day over the areas in the house your dog frequents the most.
For the rest of the house, it’s okay to vacuum just once a week. You should also wash your dog’s bedding in hot, soapy water on a weekly basis too.
Finally, you’ll want to take a flea comb to your dog. For the best results, take your dog outside, comb through his fur, and drown any fleas you find in a bowl of warm, soapy water.
With these efforts, your dog will be flea-free in no time!
HOW DO I REMOVE A TICK FROM MY DOG?
To remove a tick from your dog, you’ll first want to put gloves on. Then, take a tweezers, grasp the tick with it, and pull the tick out in a straight, steady motion.
Afterward, drop the tick in isopropyl alcohol and record the date. We may ask you to bring the tick in for testing, if your dog has health problems later.
Once you’ve safely stored the tick, wash your hands, apply an antiseptic cream to your dog’s wound, and clean the tweezers with isopropyl alcohol.
If your dog seems to behave strangely afterward or his skin appears irritated, give us a call so we can examine him for signs of a tick-borne illness.