How to Check Your Dog for Ticks and Other Illnesses

Check Your Dog for Ticks and Other Illnesses

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Being a dog owner means not only loving your dog but also ensuring they stay in good health and happy. In addition to your dog’s annual vet visit, there are some simple, and often enjoyable, ways to check your dog for ticks and other illnesses. Be sure to keep your pooch healthy this summer by following these ideas.

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Check Your Dog for Ticks

If your area is prone to ticks and other insects, or you often go hiking with your dog, it’s wise to check your dog for ticks before bringing them inside. Contrary to popular belief, ticks don’t jump. They drop off low-lying plants onto your dog as they pass by. Run your fingers through your dog’s fur, deep enough that you can feel small bumps on the skin. Ticks that have recently attached themselves to your dog will be relatively small. The longer a tick has been on your dog, the larger it will be. Make sure you feel carefully along the dog’s ears, tail, head, and even between the toes.

Removing a Tick

Removing ticks as soon as you find them is best for your dog’s health. If you’re uncomfortable removing the tick yourself, get your dog to the vet as soon as possible. There are several tools on the market that can help you remove a tick, but tweezers will work as well. Make sure you wear gloves to protect yourself. Grasp the tick as close to its head as possible with the tweezers. Pull it out with a smooth motion. Be careful not to crush the tick or leave the head embedded in your dog’s skin.

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Pet Your Dog Frequently

Petting your dog can be more than just sharing a loving gesture. Petting can also be a method to assess overall health. Make sure tapeworms pet and scratch your pet frequently, especially along the spine and ribs. If you start to feel bones more clearly, it could mean a loss of weight. Weight loss is a predictor of many illnesses, including cancer. It can also indicate that your dog has worms. Check your dog’s feces for worms when you are cleaning up after him. Most worms are white, and some are round like spaghetti (round worms) and some are flat and short (tapeworms).

Rabies Exposure

Always have your dog vaccinated for rabies. If they have been bitten by a wild animal or another dog, you should check for puncture wounds. Clean any wounds you find and see your vet to get another rabies vaccination (as a preventative booster) right away. You may also wish to consult an attorney for any dog or animal bites that occur.

~ There is no Cure for Rabies – a Dangerous, Lethal Virus ~

Checking your dog’s health is your responsibility as a pet owner. It can also be a fun, loving bonding time with your dog. Healthy dogs have a better quality of life, so check your dog’s health often.

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“How to Check Your Dog for Ticks and Other Illnesses”

Guest Writer: Eileen O'Shanassy is a freelance writer and blogger based out of Flagstaff, AZ.Guest Writer: Eileen O’Shanassy is a freelance writer and blogger based out of Flagstaff, AZ. She writes on a variety of topics and loves to research and write. She enjoys baking, biking, and kayaking. Check out her Twitter @eileenoshanassy.

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3 thoughts on “How to Check Your Dog for Ticks and Other Illnesses”

  1. Couldn’t agree more guys, I like to make a big fuss when I pet my Spaniel – he thinks he’s getting lots of attention but secretly I’m checking for anything that shouldn’t be there….it’s a Win-Win! 🙂

  2. Eileen and Jeanne,
    Couldn’t agree with you more on this one. The big message for me on this one is ticks. I live in the UK and people wrongly assume that ticks aren’t are a problem because of the mild conditions. But every summer with the warmer conditions the tick population increases. Combine that with people and dogs being outdoors more, it is the combination of perfect conditions to bring the two creatures together. So yes, don’t discount them, even in seasonal countries. As you say, pet your dog naturally but sometimes do it with the intention to check for ticks. Especially in summer. 🙂

    • Thank you for your input, Daryl. I wondered about the tick population in other countries. They’re nasty critters, aren’t they? Yuck. Thanks so much for your visit today! Come back soon.

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