One of the first things you are likely to think about when it comes to the health of your pooch would be troublesome Ticks and how to avoid them. There are species of ticks that can carry potentially fatal diseases that are transmitted when they bite your dog. They are known to be most active and looking for hosts around the Summer season. To prevent the transmission of diseases, and to keep those irritating ticks away from your dog, it’s a good idea to use a year-round flea and tick preventative and check your dog for ticks on a regular basis. Although as vigilant as we try to be for our beloved pets, it’s not uncommon to be confronted with an unwelcome tick hiding within your dog’s fur because spotting these tiny bloodsuckers isn’t always easy.
Here are some signs to look for that may indicate your dog has a tick:
Finding a tick in your home
If you come across a tick on your bedding, carpets, or on the floor, you or your dog probably bought it in the house. Don’t ignore coming across even a single tick found inside your house, make sure to follow up by checking you and your dog closely for any more of the critters.
If your dog appears to have a fever
Following a tick bite, a dog may display signs of a mild or high-grade fever. This may only last 24 hours or continue for longer. Signs of fever include weakness, loss of appetite, shivering and unusual panting.
While fevers can be a sign of many different sicknesses and symptoms, ticks should be ruled out.
An embedded tick may cause a dog to excessively nip or lick at the bite site. If you notice this behaviour or find scabs on your dog’s body, make sure to conduct a closer examination.
Excessive head shaking
If you notice your dog constantly shaking his head, a tick may be burrowed in his ear canal. Ticks like to hide in warm, damp places including a dog’s ears, groin or under his front legs..
You can feel a small bump under dog’s fur
Feeling a bump on your dog while you’re patting him might be the first sign of a tick bite. If you do feel a bump, don’t ignore it. Part the dog’s fur to get a closer look.
Lucky for us you can purchase tick treatments that will either repel ticks or kill them if they attach. Spot on treatments, tablets and collars are available and it’s best to consult your vet about which is most suitable for your pet.
ARISTOPET FLEA/TICK SPRAY 250ML
KILTIX TICK AND FLEA COLLAR
NEXGARD FOR DOGS 25.1-50KG 6’S RED
ADVANTIX AQUA FOR MEDIUM DOGS 4-10KG (1PK)
FRONTLINE PLUS DOG SMALL UP TO 10KG (6PK) – ORANGE