August 10, 2016

What You Need To Know About Dog Ticks?

Have you ever been bitten by fleas? If yes, then you know it can be very painful and annoying. It can cause severe itchiness and may result with red spots. Fleas are found in dogs and other animals; despite buying tons of insect repellents and spraying it all over your house, fleas or ticks will always find a way to infest your home.

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But what makes me curious is where do dog ticks come from and what do ticks do to dogs? If one bite from a tick can already cause us great discomfort, what more can it do to our pet?

Ticks Can Come From Other Animals, Humans, And Outdoors

Ticks Can Come From Other Animals, Humans, And Outdoors

You cannot keep your pet inside your house forever. It is in their nature to go outdoors and have fun. It’s their form of exercise. If you have a yard at your home, the chances are that it has been visited by different kinds of animals and insects that carried flicks and ticks with them, thus causing an infestation at your home.

One of the biggest mistakes you can do is leaving leftover food in your yard. Doing that means you are inviting stray animals into your home that could possibly be carrying ticks in their body. People who spend a great deal of time outdoors can also be a human carrier of ticks.

Needless to say, it is impossible for parasites to never attach themselves to your dog because being in outdoor areas is already exposing them to the possibility of ticks infesting on them.

Ticks Can Be Harmful

Ticks Can Be Harmful

You would be surprised how something as tiny as a dot can actually cause harm once they attach themselves to your body. They attach themselves by inserting the sharp part of their mouth onto the skin of your dog.

Some tick species that produce sticky, glue-like substance that helps them remain attached to their host’s body. While they remain attached, they are sucking out the blood from your dog’s body. There are some rare cases where flea bites have caused anemia because of the amount of blood that has been depleted.

Both flea and tick infestations are more dangerous on puppies if left untreated. One of the most dangerous things that can happen to your dog when bitten by a tick is when it’s the rare kind of tick that can secrete a toxin that can cause paralysis.

Lyme Disease is a more known result of flea infestation. It can cause pain in your dog’s joints and fever. Rocky Mountain disease can cause fever as well.

Read more: How To Address Separation Anxiety In Dogs?

How Can Ticks Harm Humans?

When ticks attach themselves on humans, it can leave reddened haloes and become irritated. Fleas can transmit themselves from your dog and onto your skin and can cause diseases.

Excessive scratching on a tick bite can cause secondary bacterial infection. Avoid the urge to scratch. Ticks can cause the same diseases it can cause on dogs. However, these diseases do not come from dogs

What You Need To Know About Ticks

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Facts About Ticks

  • Ticks can only live on three different animals during their lifetime.
  • Diseases that can be transmitted by ticks are anemia, paralysis, fever, and joint weakness.
  • You can use tweezers to remove ticks on your dog, but you need to follow specific instructions because you might leave out their sharp mouthparts which they use to draw out blood.
  • People believe that fleas and ticks come from trees and fall down on you, but they attach themselves ob both animals and humans if they are walking in a grassy area.
  • Ticks can be prevented with frequent use of tick control products.
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Prevent Your Dog From Getting Ticks

Prevent Your Dog From Getting Ticks

Your veterinarian should advise you to use tick protection to reduce the chances of ticks infesting your dog’s body. The most common way for ticks to attach themselves is when you are taking your dog on a walk in any outdoor places.

These tips should help your dog from being harmed by ticks:

  • You should avoid walking on grassy trails, but if your dog prefers to be walked on that kind of trail then it is your duty to check from time to time if they are ticks attached to your dog.
  • ​Ask your veterinarian on what is the best tick product you can use on your dog.
  • ​Make sure your yard is not accessible to stray animals. Stray animals are dirty and probably have never been groomed. Their whole body could be infested by ticks.
  • ​Clean your backyard frequently. Garbage and left over food is what attracts animals to people’s yards.
  • ​Grass should be cut on a regular basis as a preventive measure. If you have a hard then you should be able to maintain the length of your grass.
  • You can buy a tick collar as it helps prevents ticks from infesting your dog.
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How To Get Rid Of Ticks In Your Home

How To Get Rid Of Ticks In Your Home
  • Cleaning is one of the most effective ways to prevent tick infestation at home. It will not only prevent fleas and ticks from infesting inside your home, but it will also help kill other electro parasites as well. You should do general cleaning of your house. Do not forget to clean out drawers, shelves, and closets because that is where bugs and parasites like to live. The fastest way to clean your house is to use a vacuum cleaner.
  • If your dog just came from outdoors, check on your dog for ticks. Ticks usually come from grassy trails. You can buy a tick collar for your dog to prevent ticks attaching onto their skin
  • Wash your bed sheets, curtains, and your clothes with hot water. That is the best way to clean out bed bugs and ticks.

Read more: How To Keep Ticks Away From Your Dog

Conclusion

Has this article helped you in any way? I have recently been experiencing tick and flea problems in my home. It has become a nuisance that I cannot simply ignore which is why I had to take immediate preventive measures to prevent further infestation.

I noticed that I was getting red, itchy spots on both my legs and arms and whenever I would scratch it would become more red and irritated. My dog has also been feeling weak compared to his usual active personality and I realized that ticks could be a major contributing factor to his lameness.

I will be writing an article soon about the best products you can use for tick prevention. If you have any ideas you would like to share, please comment on the box below!

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Lucy Sheppard

Hi, I’m Lucy Sheppard. I love pets, especially dogs. My love for these true friends of humans turned into a passion. This passion led me to start this pets website so that people like me can benefit from my study and research.

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