If you have a dog, you should pay even more attention to him during the spring. This is a very dangerous time of a year because ticks are almost everywhere. In some parts of the world, they are active during the whole year. The situation is even more serious if your dog spends a lot of time playing in the grass. Because tick may transmit a disease to your dog from 24 to 48 hours after the bite, you should check it every day. Even if it doesn’t transmit any disease, a tick can get in your house and bite you or some other family member. Some of the tick-borne diseases, a dog can directly transmit to people, which make this even more serious problem.
If you find a tick on your dog’s skin, don’t panic. Always wear gloves before you remove it. If you use a tick remover, there will be instructions on the box, if you are doing by yourself, tweezers are needed. Grab (gently) a tick and start twisting it on the left (like when you are undoing some screw). If you press too hard, a tick may ‘’explode.’’ After a few twists, you will remove it. Apply alcohol to the bitten spot and you are done.
It is important to determine is it a really tick. They look like small spiders and they can be brown, black or gray. Because in some cases the head of the tick may stay in the skin, check that area carefully. At first few hours, after a tick bite a dog, he is small and hard to see, but when a tick drinks too much blood, it became very big. Of course, burn or kill tick when you got it out.