Almost every dog owner has encountered ticks at some time or another. While your dog is more likely pick one up while romping through the woods or in the countryside, dogs that live in the city can get them, too. According to PetMD.com, ticks are not usually born with disease agents, they pick them up from feeding off the blood of wild animals then pass them onto your dog when they latch on. In this way, they are able to transmit diseases such as Lyme disease, Ehrlichia, and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. In the fall especially, it is a good idea to check your puppy or dog for ticks every time they come in from the outdoors.
Ticks generally appear like a small dark speck on the dog’s skin or in its fur. They can pass as many as 15 diseases to pets, many of which can be deadly if not treated or prevented, according to WebMD Pets. Never attempt to remove the tick with your bare hand, as it can pass diseases to you, too. Use tweezers and grasp the tick close to the dog’s skin and pull gently. Watch the site afterward for infection that may be caused by remaining parts of the tick in the dog’s skin.
The best way to prevent ticks is to start your dog on a monthly preventative treatment. Look for discount pet medication like Frontline Plus, which kills 100 percent of fleas on your dog within 12 hours and 100 percent of all ticks and chewing lice within 48 hours. K9 Advantix II is another good option for dogs, as it repels and kills all life stages of fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, biting flies and chewing lice. Bio Spot for Dogs is a natural topical application that kills fleas, ticks, flea eggs and mosquitoes.
In addition to giving your dog these preventatives orally, it may also be a good idea to wash it down with a quality dog shampoo like Be Flea Free Shampoo. This formula is designed to kill and repel fleas and ticks, and washing your dog with it will not remove any topical tick preventatives. In addition, bathing your dog regularly gives you a chance to examine its skin all over to check for ticks or other skin problems.