How to Remove a Tick From Your Dog
How to Check Your Dog for Ticks
As a dog owner, you must be watchful for ticks, especially if you live in a tick-dense area. Ticks carry infectious diseases that are harmful to you and your pet. You must remove a tick as soon as possible to avoid serious pathogen transmission.
Below you’ll find advice on how to tell if your dog has ticks, how to feel for them on your dog’s fur, tick disease information, and general dog care to remove a tick safely.
How to Tell if Your Dog Has Ticks
Look out for these warning signs that could signal a tick bite on your pet:
Scan for Ticks
Check your dog’s body for ticks by running your fingers through their fur. Press gently and feel for any bumps on your pet’s skin surface. Depending on how long the tick has been on their skin, the mite could be as small as a poppy seed or as large as a grape.
Be thorough by checking your dog’s toes, ears, armpits, anus, belly, and between any skin folds.
Check if It’s a Tick
Different tick species can transmit various diseases to animals. Below are the most common tick species in America:
Lone Star Tick
Where and when: The Lone Star Tick is found in the southeastern and eastern U.S. Their habitat is usually wooded and bushy areas near creeks and river bottoms. These pests are present all year round but are more common during warmer seasons.
Appearance: Lone Star Ticks are shades of brown or tan. You can identify females by a silvery-white spot on their back, while the males have sprinkled white spots.
Risk: A Lone Star Tick bite can cause Canine