How To Avoid Ticks On A Dog And Remove A Tick On A Dog Safely Posted on May 16, 2013 by Michael Reply Ticks On A Dog (deer tick) Ticks on a dog are not only unpleasant, they can be a source of disease, so it is important to the health of your pup to watch out for them. There are simple things you can do to practice tick prevention that you should know. Today we will cover the basics of; prevention, grooming to check for parasites, how to remove a tick on a dog, as well as medical and natural remedies. Prevention Tips For Your Yard The basic concept is to make your yard as hostile to ticks as possible and they enjoy wet, dark areas. So here’s your list for tick prevention: Keep Lawn Mowed: Long grasses are a favourite for these parasites Rake Leaves And Debris: Leaves trap moisture and make the perfect home, as well as dead branches, brush, and debris Sunny Woodpiles: If you store wood, put it on a platform so it’s off the ground and make sure it’s in a sunny location Prune Trees And Shrubs: Shade is breeding ground, so prune or remove shrubs and trees to let the sunshine in. Grooming To Find Ticks On A Dog Before you can remove a tick on a dog, you have to be able to find it. The sooner you find it the better, as many of the diseases take upwards of 12 hours before they are transmitted. Do yourself a favour, and wear rubber gloves while checking. Ticks on a dog start by sticking to the fur before they climb down to the skin. Getting to them before hand is the best tick prevention ever. They prefer to bite in areas where there is less hair, or in skin crevices. Check ears, paws, inside of the legs, carefully looking for these 8 legged arachnids. Important Tip: Before you remove a tick on a dog have a small pill bottle or screw-cap jar with rubbing alcohol to dispose of them. If they have bitten your companion, date and label the container, and keep it for ID’ing later, just in case your pup gets sick. How To Remove A Tick On A Dog When tick prevention hasn’t worked, and you need to remove them here’s the key things to keep in mind. Grab the parasite as close to the skin as possible and do not squeeze or pop it. Pull slowly and straight. Tweezers can work, or there are specialized tools for the removal of ticks on a dog. You will most likely remove a small piece of skin as well as the tick, so don’t be alarmed. Gently wash the area to disinfect, and keep an eye on it for any inflammation for a few days. See your vet if there’s any swelling or inflammation. Keep Your Pup Happy: Don’t forget to reward you companion with a treat after removing the tick, to keep it a happy experience. Remedies For Tick Prevention There are a number of options for preventing ticks on a dog, from collars to drops, prescription to natural. Always remember, you know your companion best, and your dog may have an adverse reaction, so monitor them on any new treatments. Talk to your vet, talk to our knowledgeable in-store staff, talk to other pet parents, but decide for yourself whether you will use medicine and/or natural remedies for tick prevention. Now you know the basics and you know that you should remove a tick on a dog as soon as possible for the best health protection. You can clean up your yard, and groom to check for ticks daily or after going outside. You are confident now in how to safely remove ticks on a dog, and you can choose medicine or natural tick prevention that works for both you and your companion. What’s been the most successful tick treatment for you and your companion?