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Dogs are a man’s best friend, but the pests they attract can be a pet owner’s worst nightmare. After fleas, ticks are the most common pest that can be found hiding in your pet’s fur. Ticks are not only a pest for dogs but also potential carriers of diseases that could leave your dog with life-long health issues. As a pet owner, it is important to understand the risks associated with tick bites and how to protect your furry friend from these pests.

How To Remove a Tick On Your Dog

The first step in removing a tick on your dog is to remain calm. Your pet is able to feel your emotions; keeping calm will make the removal process easier for both you and your pet. If you find a tick on your dog, follow these simple steps:

  1. Grab a pair of tweezers or a tick removal tool.
  2. Grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible.
  3. Slowly and firmly pull the tick out. Make sure both the head and mouth are removed.
  4. Cleanse the area with an antiseptic to prevent an infection.
  5. Soak the removed tick in alcohol before disposing of it. You may also place it in a sealed container or bag or flush it down the toilet.

Diseases Carried By Ticks

Ticks are known to be able to transmit several diseases to both animals and humans. The two most common diseases passed from ticks to dogs are Lyme disease and Ehrlichiosis. After a tick has bitten your dog, it can transmit Ehrlichiosis in as little as 3 hours whereas it takes 24-48 hours to transmit Lyme disease.

If your dog has been bitten by a tick, watch out for symptoms such as fever, lethargy, loss of appetite, lameness, and swollen joints. Call your veterinarian immediately if you notice any of these symptoms after a tick bite.

Keeping Your Dogs Tick Free

When dealing with ticks, prevention is key. One bite from a tick can leave your pet with life-long health issues. To keep your dog tick-free:

  • Talk to your local veterinarian about tick and flea prevention. They often offer topical and oral tick repellants.
  • Thoroughly check your pet’s fur after they have been in tall grass or brush. Pay close attention to their ears, stomach, and armpits.
  • Use professional extermination services to ensure your yard is tick free.

Anderson Pest Solutions- The Tick Prevention Experts

To keep ticks off your pets, it is important to keep these pests away from your backyard! At Anderson Pest Solutions, we understand how frustrating it can be when dealing with ticks and fleas. Our team of technicians are trained to quickly and effectively eliminate ticks that may have invaded your yard. They are also able to provide expert advice on how to avoid ticks whether you are at home or away. If you are tired of dealing with fleas or ticks, contact us today for a free quote and to learn more about our flea and tick services!

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