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This Could Be Your Dog's Paw If You're Not Careful
This uncomfortable picture of a tick infested paw has been shared thousands of times on social media to remind dog owners to check everywhere this summer.
Before judging the owner, have you honestly ever thought to check your dog’s paws of all places? Most dogs don’t like you going anywhere near their paws anyway.
Regardless, I bet you’ll be checking them now.
With summer right around the corner where are other places you need to be checking your furry friends for uninvited visitors?
The American Kennel Club suggests six places: inside ears, between toes, under the tail, in the genital region, around eyelids and under the collar. Ticks favor dark and moist areas to latch onto.
First things first: How do you search for ticks on your dog?
The Humane Society of the United States says the best thing is to run your fingers over your dog’s entire body. You’re looking for a bump or swollen area. If you come across one, check to see if a tick has made home there.
So, you found a tick on your dog ... now what? Get your tools together.
HSUS suggests using gloves, clean tweezers or a tick remover, disinfectant or antiseptic cream and isopropyl alcohol.
Gloves are important so the tick doesn’t transfer anything to you!
If using tweezers, you’ll want to grip the tick as close to your dog’s skin as possible (without pinching your doggo). The experts at the Humane Society direct you to pull it out in a straight and steady motion. It says anything left behind could cause infection. If you have a tick remover, press it against your pet’s skin and slide the notch of the remover under the tick.
Once the tick is off, the Humane Society says to drop it into isopropyl alcohol and remember the date you found it. This is because if your pet starts showing symptoms of tick-borne illness the vet may want to test the tick.
“Some symptoms include arthritis or lameness that lasts for three to four days, reluctance to move, swollen joints, fever, fatigue, swollen lymph nodes, loss of appetite and neurological problems,” according to the Humane Society.
After that, wash your hands, clean the wound and the tweezers. And of course, keep an eye on the tick bite. If it looks funky, call a vet.
How do you prevent tick bites so you don’t have to deal with any of that? There’s a bunch of flea and tick products on the market, like shampoos, monthly treatments, sprays, powders – you name it. Talk to your veterinarian to find out what could work best for your pet.