After playing in wooded areas or during tick season, always thoroughly check your dog for ticks. Don’t forget to look in hiding places like between the toes and inside the ears. Your dog may also clue you into a tick bite if she continues to scratch or bite at a specific area.
When you find a tick on your dog, your priority is to remove it as soon as possible. Prompt removal will greatly reduce the likelihood of your pet becoming infected with various tick-borne illnesses.
How to remove a tick
If you have never removed a tick before, you can also take your dog to the vet where they can remove the tick safely and show you how it’s done.
What not to do:
There are a number of diseases that can be transmitted by ticks, which is why it’s important to remove a tick any time you find one. Symptoms of some diseases may not surface until months after infection. If you suspect your pet has been infected, take her to the veterinary clinic to be tested. The diseases and related symptoms your pet can get from a tick include:
Though no method of prevention is 100% effective, there are a number of options on the market that can keep ticks at bay. These include monthly topical treatments, oral medication, tick collars, shampoos and dips. The chemicals, which are safe for pets in such small doses, work by killing a tick when it comes in contact with your dog’s coat.
Ticks find their “victims” by smell. Certain essential oils like lemon eucalyptus, lavender, and citronella work as a sensory camouflage to naturally prevent ticks. You can make a natural tick repellent spray with just a lemon and some water. Cut the lemon into quarters and steep it in two cups of boiling water overnight. Pour the cooled liquid into a spray bottle and mist your dog all over (being careful to avoid the eyes and nose) before going outside to play.