In essence, dog ticks is a parasites that not only molest your dog but can also cause dog disease or worse to your dog.
This parasite, the dog tick can be an uphill battle to eradicate because of its resistance to insecticides.
Ticks on dogs
It is known to lay thousands of eggs, not on the dog but in dark places such as under the carpeting in the house, crevices of the kernel and baseboard. The eggs hatch into a larvae within a month which then seek out a dog, fill up on the dog’s blood and thereafter, drop off into hiding and emerging three weeks later having developed into an eight legged nymph.
You guessed it, the nymph seek out your dog as a host, jump on it, engorge on its blood, drop off the dog into hiding again, emerging in three weeks as an adult tick, thirsty for your dog’s blood, after which the nymphs mate to produce tick eggs and the parasitic cycle begins again.
It is known that an adult tick can hibernate for two years without need of a dog as a host. Bear that fact in mind in your efforts to get a handle and eradicate this parasite or in taking preventive action.
A dog tick feeds by burrowing it’s head under the skin tissue of your dog and extending it’s hooked or barbed mouth, thus making it complicated to remove manually. That tick once it fills up, drops off your dog to mate and then hides in the usual places to lay thousands of eggs.
Dog tick removal.. A tick attached to your dog skin can be removed manually if it is not already hooked into the skin or in delicate areas such as the eyelid or inner ear or other inaccessible areas that would definitely call for anesthesia. Brushing or combing your dog may get rid of ticks not yet firmly attached to the dog’s skin. The ticks already firmly attached to a dog’s skin do so by means of a hook-like arrangement of their mouth, and require a bit of strategy to unhook these suckers.
Removing tick from dog
Pull back the dog’s hair to allow exposure of the tick, then apply a few drops of iodine or rubbing alcohol onto the exposed tick. The effect of either of those two solutions causes the tick to become loose. You then use tweezers to easily pull the complete tick off your dog.
Be aware not to severe the head and leaving it embedded into the skin, because that can cause infection of a dog disease, as is also possible from the puncture left when a tick is removed. It is therefore advisable to reapply alcohol or iodine to the area. In cases where a tick’s head breaks off remaining embedded into the skin, apply hydrogen peroxide to the area and that ensures total neutralization of any ill-effects.
It should be kept uppermost that where there is one tick, there are most probably others, whether at a larvae stage or nymph stage and thus and so.
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Therefore vigilance has to be the order of the day, dousing your dog with a tick powder and best of all completely cleaning and sanitizing the entire area where your dog makes its presence and do so periodically as a matter of preventive routine and tick control for the sake of your dog health.