As we head into the warmer months of the year, ticks thrive and like to hitch a ride on our four legged friends. Many believe ticks are insects but they are in fact not, they are classed as arachnids. Ticks require blood to survive however, ticks typically take 24-48 hours before they can transmit infections. Which is why prompt removal of the tick is recommended.
Many choose to protect their dogs using prescription medicine from their vet however other opt for a natural approach.
3 Natural tick repellants for your dog.
Oil of lemon eucalyptus
Where to check dogs for ticks?
Its a good idea to check your dog all over thoroughly for ticks after a walk but the most common areas ticks are found in are:
Around the eyelids
In and around the ears
Under collars and harnesses
Around the tail
On the inside of their legs
To remove the tick you must pinch the tick as close to the skin as possible, then pull up and outwards slowly, this ensures you remove the tick fully and not just part of it.
There are many tools out there to aid tick removal such as tick twisters and tick tweezers which work effectively and easily.
Take care and enjoy the warmer weather!