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 Hospital at (318) 255-3303.
Behavioral Changes in Your Dog
Dogs with ticks might exhibit behavioral changes, like constant scratching, shaking the head, or seeming 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 exposure. Ticks thrive in wooded areas and tall grasses. Avoiding these areas or using veterinarian-approved tick prevention products can be the first line of defense.
Why Is Quick Action Important?
Health Risks of Tick Bites
Tick bites can lead to serious health problems in dogs, including Lyme disease and other infections. Prompt attention is vital to preventing these conditions from developing.
Importance of Professional Care
Removing a tick improperly can cause more harm than good. It’s best to let professionals at Lagniappe Animal Hospital 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 infections or leave parts of the tick embedded in your dog’s skin. Always seek professional veterinary care for safe and effective removal.
Contact Lagniappe Animal Hospital Today
At Lagniappe Animal Hospital 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.