When your dog has a tick

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When your dog has a tick it needs to be removed immediately

It is summertime and that means more time is spent outdoors. Dogs and their owners are going to encounter ticks, particularly if time is spent in wooded areas.

Ticks are small mites that suck blood. These mites attach themselves to animals and live on their blood but they can also attach themselves to people. When your dog has a tick, it needs to be removed immediately; likewise when a human has one.

When a mite attaches itself to an animal (or person) it is going to find a moist, dark, warm spot on the body and then insert a probe into the skin and start sucking blood.

Usually, the pest will leave on its own volition but it can do some serious damage while it is sucking the blood of its host. If it has bacterium (Boreelia burghdor feri) in its belly it can transmit Lyme disease. The deeper it is buried under the skin, the higher the risk that the host is going to contract this disease.

The most important defense against these nasty insects is a good offense: use tick preventatives like collars, powders and shampoos, and treat your yard with sprays.


Dogs can get Lyme disease and it can be fatal if not caught and treated. The main symptom of Lyme disease in canines is inflamed joints. Is the dog limping or favoring one leg? Does he seem to be stiff? Eventually, the lymph nodes will swell and the animal will develop a high fever. The dog will experience extreme pain because of the swollen joints. Eventually, the dog will stop eating and kidney failure occurs, killing the creature.

Canine Lyme disease can be treated with antibiotics if caught in time. There is also a vaccine that can be given that will prevent this disease from occurring.

Routinely check your dog to see if has ticks on him. It takes a day or two before the mite is able to transmit an infection to its host so it is imperative that you promptly remove any that are attached.

Thoroughly examine the dog. Look under his armpits, in his ears, between his dogs, his torso, and on his face and chin. If a bump is felt scrutinize it closely to see if there is a mite.

To remove it, use a pair of tweezers and get as close to the its head as possible. Pull gently but steadily until the it detaches of the host. If unable to remove it using this method, tie a cotton thread about the mite as close to its head as you can get and pull slowly until it detaches from the dog.

Sometimes the mite comes apart and the head remains in the animalís skin. It is important that all parts of the tick are removed and are intact because parts that are left can lead to an infection although not necessarily cause Lyme disease. Keep a close watch on the site. If an infection becomes evident take the dog to the vetís.

When a consumer purchases flea and tick products he must be very astute in his selection because these products can do more harm than good. A pet owner must know how much the dog weighs in order to give the animal the correct dosage.

Never use dog treatments on cats or vice versa and do not use these products on elderly animals or pregnant cats or dogs.

Never split a large dog dosage pill in half and give it to two small animals or give an animal two small dog doses intending to equal one pill.

Read the instructions very carefully and do as instructed. Not following directions could prove fatal to the animal.

If a dog is poisoned after undergoing a treatment the animalís symptoms can include dilated pupils, vomiting, tremors, shiver, hiding, salivated and skin irritation. Contact the vet immediately.

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