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Ticks – our top tips!

So what exactly are ticks?

Well, there are various types of ticks, all of which can potentially cause harm to humans and dogs. Spotting them can be tricky as they start very small, even fully grown, a tick will be smaller than your thumbnail. The spider-like creatures will live on a host until they are ready to drop off, they do this by attaching themselves to the skin.

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Often found in long grass and rural areas, a passing dog makes the perfect opportunity to latch on.

Don’t panic, the number of ticks carrying disease is low and you or your dog are unlikely to even feel the little critters.

However, it’s always best to be vigilant and take preventative care.

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How to spot a tick

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How to spot a tick

  • One of the easiest ways to check your dog is to feel by hand, you may feel a small bump, you can then part your dog’s fur to investigate.
  • Pay close attention to ears, face, groin, and paws.
  • If the bite area is agitated, you may see some redness.
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What to do if you find a tick?

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What to do if you find a tick?

  • If the bite area looks sore, or your dog is bothered by you touching the spot, it’s best to seek your vets advice.
  • A tick twister tool is the ideal way to tackle a tick, slide the remover under the tick’s body. Ticks legs enter the skin like a corkscrew, so turn anti-clockwise when removing to ensure the whole tick is removed.
  • Once the ticks removed, the best way to dispose of it is to place it in a tissue and squash it. Then flush the tissue away down the toilet.

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