Unfortunately, ticks can often not be completely avoided in dogs - the stubborn parasites always seem to find a way to settle on the skin of our four-legged friends. How to remove the bloodsuckers, and as safely as possible, read the following tips.
Ticks on the dog: quick action is required
At the latest when the tick season starts again in spring, you should carefully search your four-legged friend for the small mite animals after every walk through the forest and meadows. Because the parasites, which lurk especially in warm and damp hiding places, can transmit serious diseases such as Lyme disease or TBE (early summer meningoenziphalitis). Therefore, the little beasts should be removed immediately, preferably before they have gotten stuck. Then you can simply collect them from the fur without any tools.
Prevent and remove ticks in dogs
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How to remove ticks with pliers, hooks or tweezers
If the tick has already sucked in, you must remove it with the help of tweezers, tick pliers or hooks. Make sure that you start close to the dog's skin and the head of the tick to remove them as completely as possible. If the head remains in the skin of your animal, inflammation can occur. Also, be careful not to squeeze the parasite's body. Otherwise there is a possibility that the tick vomits and dangerous pathogens can enter the dog's bloodstream.
If you are afraid to remove the tick or if the affected part of the body is already red or swollen, then you should consult a veterinarian. Do not wait for the tick to fall off by itself. The earlier you detect and remove ticks on your dog, the less risk of transmission of the disease. In the following video you can see how to remove a tick. To make it easier for the beast to let go, you can gently twist it as you pull it out slowly or gently rock it back and forth.
Search your dog for ticks after the walk - you can, for example, link this to his regular grooming and make a little ritual out of it. If you have successfully removed a tick from your skin, watch the spot as a precaution. As soon as your dog is sickly, has a fever, a circular reddening or the bite appears strange to you - off to the vet.
Where to with the tick?
You should not crush the released tick with your bare hands, otherwise you could also get Lyme disease or TBE if you come into contact with the body fluids of the parasite. You can either crush them outside with the shoe sole on a hard surface or crush them with a stone. Or you can put them on a paper towel and prick them with a needle. Boiling water or a few minutes in high-proof alcohol also kill the beasts. You can then keep the tick in a sealed container to document possible pathogens or wash it down in the toilet.