Engorged tick bites on dogs is a classic dilemma for many pet dog owners, and, if you have a pet dog living with you, chances are that sooner or later you will have to deal with tick bites especially those that get engorged on to your dog.
For tick bites, getting engorged into the dog’s skin is how they make sure they do not fall off their host. But, how do you deal with ticks engorged on the dog’s skin?
As a dog owner, you have to understand how hard it can be to spot ticks long before they get engorged on your dog. And that is because when the find their host,(in this case your dog) they would be hungry and possibly white in color.
But once they get engorged into your dog’s skin, you will easily notice their oval-shaped belly begin to balloon as they make a meal out of your pet dog’s blood.
Engorged ticks on dog’s skin is also believed to be the most likely to spread Lyme disease to your pet as they vomit back into their host.
While it is commonly known that your dog is only at risk of getting infected with Lyme disease once they are bitten by a particular type of ticks known as Borrelia burgdorferi or a spirochete, frankly speaking, not many pet owners would tell the difference between the oval-shaped ticks(which are Lyme disease carriers) to the rest of the deer tick and more!
Good news is that there is plenty of tick repellents that you can use to keep your dog away from avoidable tick bites. But if you are wondering what to put on an engorged tick to make it let go, check out this cool leave-on spot treatment which is available on Amazon’s next day delivery service. We have used this on our dog Tess every time she came home with and engorged tick after a walk in the nearest park to our home.
How To Remove A Tick From A Dog That Is Embedded
Removing a tick from a dog that has its head embedded inside the skin is more than just the exercise of doing it, rather the safety associated with the process and the risks you have to mitigate.
So how do you remove a tick from a dog that has its head embedded? Well, there is the right way and the other way where instead of helping you actually put the dog’s life at risk of suffering from Lyme disease and other infections.
So most online advice says that you should use a pair of tweezers to pull out the tick, while this may seem to be good advice, the reality is the success rate for pulling out the tick whose head is buried well under the skin is almost zero.
Other quarters will also say use a lighter or stick of matches to light off the buggy stomach of the tick to force it to give up and pull out. Reality is ticks will hardly give up from feeding once they get their head embedded under your skin.
When you try to heat the bottom of the tick, you risk the skin getting burned and at the same time the tick may regurgitate Lyme infected fluids into your blood system causing even more serious health problems
Practically, when you pull up the tick and the head snap up, leaving it inside will do less damage than you trying to remove the head.
If you have to remove the entire tick without risking the head of the tick getting stuck, you are better off taking the dog to your local vet who will examine the tick, and come up with a removal plan to discuss with you. This would either be using a scalpel knife to surgically slice out the tick with a bit of dog skin under anesthesia. Once the tick is out, chances are that the vet might have it tested to figure it out if it is a Lyme infected tick or not.
If you have to do it at home, you will have :
- Use a clean pair of sharp pointed flat tweezers to gently grasp the head of the tick where it attaches to the dog skin.
- Steadily pull out the tick’s head gently and swiftly to avoid the tick vomiting infections into your body.
- Once the tick is out, make sure to clean it with rubbing alcohol if not, use disinfectant on the bitten area as long as it is nowhere near the dog’s eyes.
- Kill the tick by placing it in alcohol.
How To Remove A Tick From A Dog Without Tweezers
And for many, the dilemma is when the tick snaps leaving the head stuck inside the skin, how do you remove the tick’s head from a dog?
How Do You Remove A Tick Head From A Dog?
When you have a tick head stuck and embedded under the skin, it can be tempting to dig it out and possibly have it removed immediately. Unfortunately, that isn’t a good idea, when you have had a go at removing an embedded tick and failed to remove all of it, do not try digging out around the skin to remove whatever is left of the tick.
The tick itself as a blood feeding pest, is a possible host of many diseases, as such that digging on an active tick bite area is a potential risk of spreading infections further than they would have gone if you leave nature to take its course.
The dog skin like humans has the ability to expel the tick out in a natural way as opposed to pocking around the bitten area. The only thing advisable for tick bites or where an embedded tick head has been left stuck under the skin is to quickly wash the area with rubbing alcohol, followed by a soothing antibiotic ointment, as directed.
Now that you know all about tick removal, do not forget that where ticks are prevalent fleas are not that far behind, so knowing how to know if a dog has fleas is important too.
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