Dead Tick Removal From Dogs

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Dead Tick Removal From Dogs
Ticks might attach themselves to your dog, causing discomfort and possibly diseases. (dog image by Michal Tudek from Fotolia.com)

After administering tick medication on your dog, you might be left with dead ticks on the dog's body that you still need to get rid of. Dead ticks usually lose their grasp on the dog's skin, making them more manageable than live ones. However, you should still handle dead ticks with care.

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Tick Life Cycle

Ticks go through four stages in their life cycle: egg, larva, nymph and adult. A batch of eggs often contain more than 10,000 eggs. After two weeks to several months, the eggs will hatch and reveal larvae. Larvae attach themselves to a host, eat, shed their skin and become nymphs. Nymphs feed on a host and turn into adult ticks, which have genital openings. Adult ticks feed for several days and start reproducing. A male hard tick dies soon after it mates, and a female hard tick dies after laying eggs. Soft ticks generally live longer, according to Pest Products.

Tick Infestation

Ticks might attach themselves to your dog if she often spends time outdoors or doing outdoor activities, for example if you take her hiking. Ticks especially like to lurk in the woods, open fields and places with high trees, waiting for a suitable host, according to the Dog Ticks Guide. They detect possible hosts and attach themselves onto a host. They feed on blood and could swell to 50 times their normal size when fully engorged. They can cause diseases in your dog, including babesiosis, borreliosis, encephalitis and even paralysis. They could also transmit Lyme disease to people.

Killing Ticks

You should first kill ticks before attempting to remove them from your dog. You can do this by using pyrethrin spray, tick medication or pure liquid garlic extract. Apply it to the affected areas of the skin and wait until the ticks are dead.

Removing Dead Ticks

Before removing the tick, you should be sure that it is dead. Otherwise, it could vomit into your dog's blood, possibly causing diseases. Also, a live tick might still be attached to your dog's skin and the mouth might be left behind when you pull it off your dog, which could cause an irritation. Wear gloves and use a tweezer to touch the tick, testing for any movement. If it does not move, grip the dead tick, then pull it straight up.

Considerations

Do not directly touch a tick, even if it is already dead, as it might carry diseases. If it does, a small cut on your hand could result in you contracting the disease. If irritation occurs on your dog's skin, use a hydrocortisone spray to relieve the discomfort. In some cases, tick infestation might result in permanent hair loss in certain areas of the skin.

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