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Oct 18

Learn How To Check Your Dog For Ticks

How To Check Your Dog For Ticks (courtesy of Howcast.com)

Did you know your fine, furry friends can get lyme disease, too? Giving Fido the once over will not only protect him from infection, but, it can help keep you and your family safe, too. You will need:

Fine-tipped tweezers

Soap

Warm water

Rubbing alcohol

Cotton balls

Sealed container

A veterinarian

Optional:

Sturdy table or counter

A towel

A sealable plastic baggie

Step 1 – Wash the tweezers thoroughly in soapy water, or, wipe them carefully with a cotton ball soaked in rubbing alcohol. If you do find a tick, you’ll want to be able to remove it right away.

Step 2 – Set your dog down. If you have a small dog, it may be easier to put him on a sturdy counter or a table with a towel under him.

Step 3 – Run your hands over the dog’s body, gently but thoroughly, beginning with the face and ears and moving back toward the tail.

Step 4 – Check the dog’s chest, stomach, legs and feet. Be sure to examine between the toes and the armpits, and inside the ears. Remember, some ticks are as small as the head of a pin.

Step 5 – If you feel any bumps beneath the skin, separate the fur to examine the area more closely.

Step 6 – If you find a tick, it may have already formed a protective sac around itself. Use the clean tweezers to grasp the sac as closely as possible to the dog’s skin. Try to avoid crushing the tick’s body. This may be difficult with very small ticks, but, do your best!

Step 7 – Pull the sac away from the dog’s skin. If the tick’s mouth parts are left behind,don’t be concerned. Once the body is removed, it can no longer transmit bacteria.

Step 8 – Do not prick, crush or burn the tick. Instead, place it in a sealable container, such as a lidded jar, with a little bit of rubbing alcohol. Seal the container and throw it away. If you don’t have a lidded jar, place the tick in a sealable, plastic baggie and throw it away.

Step 9 – Clean the bitten area with rubbing alcohol.

Step 10 – Wash your hands thoroughly.

Step 11 – Over the next few weeks, check the spot where you pulled the tick. Some dogs may have a red spot or a slight swelling in the area for several days. If serious redness, swelling or tenderness occurs, contact your veterinarian.

Step 12 – Talk to your vet about whether your dog might benefit from collars, pills, or topical applications that protect against fleas and ticks.

Did you know? The most common symptom of lyme disease in dogs is lameness and painful swelling of the joints?

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