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How to check your dog
What are ticks?
Signs your dog may have Lyme Disease or Babesiosis are
It can take 2 weeks for symptoms to show, so if your dog has been bitten by a tick and becomes unwell
contact your vet immediately. They can run tests and start treatment straight away.
How do you know if your dog has a tick
Scratching, biting, or licking of certain areas of the skin.
Once a tick comes in contact with your dogs’ skin it bites on it and digs a hole.
This might cause inflammation on their skin, which will make your dog want to scratch or bite that area constantly.
Constant head shakes.
This happens because a tick is stuck on your dog’s head or ears.
These 2 areas are sensitive and it will be irritating for your dog, that’s why he keeps on shaking his head or scratching his ears.
Your dog’s behavior will give him away. If you see your dog acting lethargic, winning or are out of sorts, it could be that they have ticks.
Always pay attention to your dog’s behavior.
How to check your dog for ticks
Always check your dog for ticks after you have been for walks in woodland areas or places with sheep and deer.
Ticks are big enough to see, like dark spots or lumps on your dog’s body.
Sometimes they are tough to spot if your dog has a strong dark coat. But you can brush the coat or run your hand through it to spot the ticks.
Run your hands through their coat checking
How to safely remove a tick
Only ever use a tick hook to remove ticks from your dog.
You can buy packs of these from your vet, pet shops and online.
You need to be very careful not to squeeze the tick’s body, or get its head stuck inside your dog. Squeezing their body can cause it to expel blood back into your dog,
which increases the risk of infection.
Ask your vet for advice if you're worried about doing this.
Ticks carry diseases, so it is very important to remove any that attach themselves to your dog as soon as possible.