Ticks, is a scary word for every dog lover and parent. Worse than being told your dog has fleas. Ticks are blood-sucking arachnids and they can be easy missed in between spots and places on your dog that you may not check every day. Now, this article is not to make you paranoid that your dog had ticks, but rather to help you set a routine to check and therefore prevent a flea and tick infestation. Ticks carry some serious diseases and depending on where you live, your dog may be more likely to be affected by ticks.
These are some spots ticks are commonly found in;
Yes, this one is the most surprising for me personally. You need to check your dog’s eyelids, which isn’t that hard because you are always considering your dog’s eyes daily, so a simple check is well worth your time. What does it look like? Well, it will commonly appear as a skin tag formation around the eyes and on their eyelids. How to remove? Be careful not to injure your dog’s eye, use a soft cotton with some soapy water (just grab your bottle of tearless sensitive skin shampoo) and damp the area – use your cleaned teasers and with an even pressure remove the tick.
This is not very common but it usually occurs due to dogs eating grass and shrubs, they tend to stick to the gums of the teeth or mouth. This would be something to check if you have noticed other ticks on your dog’s body, as he may have used his mouth to lick off the tick but it could have latched onto his mouth.
Just as ticks can be digested from grass and shrubs, ticks can find a way into your dog’s ears from tall hanging grass or bushes. There are lots of folds and small spaces that ticks can crawl into and attach, so you might not find it until it’s fully engorged unfortunately. Best advice would be to always keep an eye on where you dog goes, especially if you have a dog with somewhat large, floppy ears as they are often victims to tick bites in the ears because it’s so difficult to notice the pests unless you’re actively looking.
4. Collar Area
If you are an owner that rarely removes their dog’s collar – today you may change your mind and start removing it often. During bath time when you are about to use your dog shampoo – check your dog’s throat and neck thoroughly. Use the shampoo (an active detergent that will suffocate any ticks due to the soapy water) and really scrub using your finger tips to feel any unusual bumps. After the bath, use a thin comb to brush through the coat – don’t forget to check your dog’s collar too! Drop that collar into the soapy bath water too!
5. Groin Area
The issue with ticks is they like dark, moist and clean areas to sit and suck. Which is why the groin area being a perfect target for these parasites. It is important to get personal with your pet to really familiarise yourself with what is something common to see there and what is not, can be hair loss, redness or even if you see your dog laying down in somewhat unusual positions.
Lastly, these sneaky little ticks find their ways into the small spaces in between your dog’s toes! Although checking may be difficult – you can always take them to the vet if you notice any irregular licking or chewing of their feet.