Take Care - Badass Tips for Ticks
Badass dogs love to be outdoors, meeting and greeting their friends in the park and other al fresco spaces. While once thought to be more of a concern in wooded areas, ticks have also made their way into metropolitan neighborhoods for a variety of reasons including climate fluctuations, decreased application of pesticides, and urban sprawl into wildlife areas. Ticks are now more numerous and in more regions. These tiny blood sucking parasites bring with them many dangerous diseases, of which the most well-known are Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. A tick does its business by making a tiny hole in the skin, latching on with its mouth, and drawing out blood. Protection against these troublesome arachnids is a matter of vigilance and consistency.
Preventatives include topical applications, shampoos, collars or oral medication taken year-round.
Also, checking your pup after a romp outdoors should be done on a regular basis.
If despite your best efforts, a tick still manages to hitch a ride and a meal on your pet, removing the tiny free-loader as quickly as possible is a must. Get yourself a fine-tipped tweezers, and prepare to pull. Dr Anthony Mancini of BarkCare (www.barkcare.com) advises to use the tweezers or a hemostat “to grab the tick down as close as possible to the head” and pull the tick out of the dog's skin “in one quick clean whole piece.” Steadily pull up – don’t twist. Then, he says, “clean the area well with an antibiotic soap or scrub and just let it air dry.”
Never try to crush a live tick with your fingers; it can force toxins through the mouth into the dog’s skin.
Enjoy the outdoors with your badass buddy, but never take ticks for granted. Know what to do when these tiny troublemakers target your dog.