Ticks are small, spider-like, blood-sucking creepy crawlies. They may not look much, but their bite can have serious consequences as it can transmit the likes of Lyme disease and babesiosis, although the latter is very rare.
These little nasties are most common in woodland, grassland and heath areas frequented by deer and sheep, but they might even lurk in your own garden if you live in an area with lots of wildlife.
So what do you do if you find a tick has taken up residence in your dog? That’s what Northlands Veterinary Hospital's downloadable guide to removing ticks is here to help with. It’s illustrated at each step so you can quickly see what to do.
Your tick questions answered
Our team at Northlands Veterinary Hospital are used to dealing with ticks, so we’ve put together a list of frequently-asked questions for you. Meanwhile, if you’re planning to remove a tick yourself, you’ll need a special tool. If you’re unsure where to find one, just give us a ring on 01536 485543.
What are ticks?
Ticks are parasites which embed their head into the host’s skin to suck blood. Their body size varies depending on how much blood they drink.
What problems can ticks cause?
Ticks should be removed correctly as soon as they are spotted. If their head remains in the skin, it can cause an abscess to form. Plus, ticks can lead to disease.
If I remove a tick myself, how should I handle it?
A tick remover is a small, plastic, fork-like object with a curved handle. First, check our guide to removing ticks. Avoid touching the tick with bare hands once you’ve successfully removed it. Dispose of it carefully (away from your pet).
What if removing a tick goes wrong?
Call us immediately if you suspect part of the tick is still under your pet’s skin. Even if you successfully remove it, you should still watch closely to ensure the site heals and to spot any signs of illness. If you have any doubts, get in touch with us so we can advise you further or make an appointment to check your dog.