21-06-07

Ticks- A great danger to your dog

tique 2With eight legs instead of six, the tick is cousin to the spider, not the insect.It's claim to faim is its penchant for spreading disease as it feasts on mammal blood. There are several species that feed on dogs, including the wood tick, the brown tick, and the deer tick. They all thrive in tall grass, shrubby areas and woods.

Ticks can carry several diseases like the " Lyme disease ". It is very important to prevent infestations in dogs. The symptoms can be mimic fatigue, heart problems, arthritis and cause even birth defects.

This disease is tough to diagnose but can be treated with antibiotics.

 

Unlike the flea, the tick is a sluggish mover and can easely be picked off the dog with tweezers.

So, after a walk in the woods, in grass and shrubby areas,check your dog for ticks from stern to stern. Specially around the dog's head, ears, armpits and the inside of his thighs.

If you miss one, you'll likely find it when it latches on to feed as the engorged body is hard to miss in a hands-on inspection.

Daily frooming can find ticks that have not yet become embedded in the skin.

tiqueEmbedded ticks should be removed immediately.

Protect fingers from the ticks body fluid with plastic gloves or a bag. Grasp the tick fermly, rock it back and forth a few times, and pull it out.

When a patch of skin comes along, it means that none of the ticks head has been left behind.

A dab of antiseptic cream  will help prevent local infection; especially on ears.

Never coat ticks with petroleum jelly, burning their rear end with a match or cigarets etc.....  

If your dog falls ill after removal of a tick; be sure to tell the doctor that RMF or " Lyme" desease, depending on the symptoms,is a possibility.  

 

 

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