Last summer my daughter took my schnauzer and one of the pitty/labs out for a walk along a trail along the woods with her boyfriend. About a week later, we noticed a tick under ,y schnauzer’s arm pit.
I’m bringing this up now because there is a story in the news about a guy who tried to burn a tick off of his dog only to wind up in flames– him and the dog.
Treating ticks on dogs
Here is how the Humane Society says we should remove ticks from our dogs.
If you find a tick on your dog, don’t panic! Follow these quick and easy steps to safely remove the pest.
Step 1: Get your gear
- Pair of gloves
- Clean pair of tweezers or a commercial tick remover
- Isopropyl alcohol
Step 2: Remove the tick
Wear gloves while removing the tick to avoid contact with your skin (ticks can transmit diseases to people, too).
If you’re using tweezers:
Grasp the tick as close to your dog’s skin as possible, but be gentle! Try not to pinch your dog’s skin.
Pull outward in a straight, steady motion, making sure that you’ve removed the entire tick, since anything left behind could lead to an infection.
If you’re using a tick remover:
Gently press the remover against your dog’s skin near the tick.
Slide the notch of the remover under the tick.
Continue sliding the remover until the tick is caught in the small end of the notch and is pulled free. (The tick will remain in the bowl of the remover.)
Step 3: Store the evidence
Drop the tick into a small container that contains isopropyl alcohol (the alcohol will quickly kill the tick), and mark the date on the container. If your dog begins displaying symptoms of a tick-borne illness, your veterinarian may want to identify or test the tick.
Step 4: Praise your patient
Clean your dog’s skin with antiseptic and make sure to clean your tweezers or tick remover with isopropyl alcohol. Wash your hands, too! Then give your pup a treat for being a trooper in the fight against ticks.
Keep an eye on the area where the tick was to see if an infection surfaces. If the skin remains irritated or infected, make an appointment with your veterinarian.
Watch your dog for symptoms of tick-borne diseases. Some symptoms include arthritis or lameness that lasts for three to four days, reluctance to move, swollen joints, fever, fatigue, swollen lymph nodes, loss of appetite, and neurological problems.