Ticks on dogs are a serious threat to the health of your four-legged friend. Tick protection is therefore relevant for every dog owner. There are preventive measures that can help prevent ticks from attaching to your dog. You should also check your dog for ticks after every walk! If you have found ticks, you need to remove them as quickly as possible and dispose of them properly. We give you tips by hand.
Ticks can also transmit dangerous diseases to dogs. Lyme disease is just one of them. Tick diseases cause serious damage to the health of dogs. The course of the disease is often insidious and the first symptoms are often ambiguous. Even if there are good treatment options, it does not always turn out to be safe for the dog. These three diseases are most commonly transmitted by ticks:
If the tick is not removed, it can become dangerous. © stock.adobe.com/SmallScale Farming
Ticks are not only in season in spring and summer, but also in autumn. They feel particularly comfortable at temperatures between 10 to 25 ° C and like moisture. Ticks find ideal living conditions in fallen autumn leaves. That is why it is important to check the dog for ticks in autumn after going for a walk and to protect it properly.
The tick is still active in autumn. © stock.adobe.com/PLP
Turn out or pull? There are many myths about how to properly remove ticks from dogs. We will show you which methods and tools are available:
Dispose of ticks:
After you have completely removed the tick from the dog using any of the methods above, it is time to properly dispose of the tick. The following methods have proven effective:
The tick must be completely removed. © stock.adobe.com/Jana Schönknecht
Even if many dog owners are skeptical about chemical tick protection for dogs, you can only reliably protect your dog against ticks with chemical agents. This includes:
Dog owners who fear side effects, allergic reactions and damage to their health can use natural tick protection for dogs as an alternative. These are for example:
These natural tick repellants and dietary supplements have not proven to be reliable tick repellants for dogs, although they can reduce tick infestation somewhat. Caution is particularly advisable with dietary supplements containing garlic. Overdosing can be dangerous for the dog. It is therefore advisable to strictly adhere to the manufacturers’ feeding recommendations.
You can protect your dog with special sprays. © stock.adobe.com/magann
Ticks in dogs represent a health hazard that should not be underestimated. Tick diseases such as Lyme disease, anaplasmosis and babesiosis can cause serious damage. With effective tick protection for dogs, you can reduce the risk. Chemical tick repellants such as spot-ons, tick collars, tick spray and chewable tablets have proven particularly effective. Natural tick repellants do not provide reliable protection against ticks. If ticks have already attached themselves, it is important to remove them as quickly as possible: Tick tweezers, tick cards and tick lasso are helpful for this. Once the tick has been completely removed, you can dispose of it by crushing it or soaking it in 40 percent alcohol or chlorine cleaning agent.