Ticks can transmit some harmful and potentially fatal diseases to pets so it's important for all pet owners to understand how to prevent tick bites as well as how to safely remove them if need be. Ticks tend to hide out in tall grass and wooded areas, so it's particularly important to inspect a dogs coat for any unwanted passengers following a camping trip or a walk in the woods. Many options exist to help deter ticks from biting. Your Veterinarian can prescribe a number of different treatments that are highly effective. You can purchase a flea and tick collar over the counter, and several essential oils such as Rose Geranium oil are an effective yet natural tick deterrent option, though they must be applied daily. Whatever option you choose it's always a good idea to inspect your dogs coat following any excursion where the risk exists.
If you discover a tick on your dog it should be removed as soon as possible. Special tick tweezers are available that facilitate the removal process . The tweezers should be placed facing the head as close to the skin as possible. Apply enough pressure to firmly grasp the tick but take care not to crush it. Gently pull straight back maintaining a constant pressure and wait for the tick to release its bite. Place the tick into a zip-lock bag and keep it to show your Veterinarian should the need arise. Disinfect and apply an ointment such as Bactin or Polysporin to the bite to help prevent infection.
Video showing the traditional tick removal method using tweezers as described above..
Video showing tick removal using the revolutionary Trix Lasso tool.
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