How to Tell Your Dog Has a Tick & What To Do About It
Tick infestations are a common problem that many dog owners face. Identifying them early is essential. Look for small, dark objects that might be embedded in your dog’s skin. Pay close attention to the ears, head, neck, and paws as these are prime spots for ticks to hide. If you see anything unusual, don’t try to remove it yourself. Instead, reach out to Lagniappe Animal Health at (318) 255-3303 for advice on what to do next!
Behavioral Changes in Your Dog
Dogs with ticks might exhibit behavioral changes, like constant scratching, shaking of the head, chewing, licking, or biting at certain spots, or just acting generally uncomfortable. These signs should never be ignored, as they could indicate a tick or other health issue.
Tick Habitats and Exposure Risk
Understanding where ticks might reside can help you prevent or at least reduce your pet’s exposure. Typically, ticks can be found in wooded areas, thick brush, and tall grasses. Keeping your dog away from these areas and using veterinarian-approved tick prevention products year-round can be your pet’s first (and best) line of defense.
Why Is Quick Action Important?
If you happen to find a tick on your pet, it’s necessary to act quickly.
Health Risks of Tick Bites
Tick bites can lead to serious health problems in dogs, including Lyme disease, Ehrlichiosis, and other infections. Furthermore, humans can be infected with these diseases as well if a tick bites them, so this makes quick treatment and future prevention all the more important. With prompt attention, your pet can be protected from infection and stay healthy.
Importance of Professional Care
You should try to avoid removing the tick from your pet if you’re unsure about the proper tick removal method. Removing a tick improperly can cause more harm than good! That’s why it’s best to let our professionals at Lagniappe Animal Health handle it.
What Not to Do If Your Dog Has a Tick
Avoid using tweezers, matches, or other home remedies to remove the tick, as this can lead to a skin infection or leave parts of the tick embedded in your dog’s skin. Always seek professional veterinary care for safe and effective tick removal.
Contact Lagniappe Animal Hospital Today
At Lagniappe Animal Health in Ruston, LA, our trained professionals can safely and efficiently handle tick removal. We provide comprehensive care tailored to your pet’s unique needs. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us at (318) 255-3303 for an appointment or more information. Your pet’s health is our top priority, and we’re here to ensure that they receive the best possible care.