Where Can Dogs Get Ticks?
It may not be possible to prevent your dog from encountering ticks. Ticks can be found almost anywhere, including your backyard, so even taking short walks around the neighborhood can put your dog at risk. Luckily, there are simple steps you can take to reduce the number of ticks in and around your home and reduce the risk of tick encounters. An easy way to protect your dog is to start tick protection early and administer it all year long.
How to Protect Your Dog from Ticks: 6 Tips
There are plenty of precautions you can take as a pet owner to keep your dog protected from ticks.
Year-round tick protection is necessary, and it can help prevent Lyme disease in your dog. Be consistent with dosing, even during times of the year when ticks aren’t as active in your area.
Check Your Dog For Ticks
To look for ticks on your dog, run your fingers through their fur to feel for small bumps on the skin. Pay special attention to inside the ears, under the tail, under the legs, near the groin, and between the toes.2
What to Do if You Find a Tick on Your Dog
Use the right equipment. You should always wear gloves when removing a tick. Use either tweezers or a tick removal tool. Grasp the tick as closely to the skin as possible without pinching your dog. Pull upward in a slow, straight, and steady motion.3
Practice proper cleanup and aftercare. Once the tick has been removed, clean the bite area and your hands thoroughly using rubbing alcohol or soap and water. Clean the tweezers with alcohol as well.3 Store the tick in a small container of alcohol so you can show your vet. Keep an eye on the bite area for the next several days. If it continues to look irritated or infected, make an appointment with your vet.
Tips for Easy Tick Protection for Puppies
Use the appropriate dosage for your dog’s weight. NexGard chews are safe for puppies as little as 4 pounds.
Use a veterinarian-approved tick protection product. Your vet can help you select the correct product and dosage to kill ticks on your pup.
Use tick protection products on all dogs in your home. Don’t rely on the treatment of older pets to protect your puppy. Start all dogs on tick protection at 8 weeks or older.
NexGard Chews Offer Protection From the Risks of Ticks for Puppies, Too
Don’t wait until your dog is an adult to start protecting them from ticks. Tick exposure can happen to any dog, regardless of age. That’s why it’s crucial to start your puppy on tick protection as soon as they’re old enough, according to the product label. NexGard chews are safe for puppies as young as 8 weeks old, weighing 4 pounds or more.