Your Cat or Dog has a Tick? Here’s What to Do

Ticks

Ticks are little blood sucking animals that can transmit diseases and cause sores.  They are often found in deep grasses and the woods.  Just the places that your pet might like to run and explore with every chance that they get.  You should make it a good habit to regularly check your animals after they have been allowed to run out and free in those sorts of areas.  Now if you were to find a tick on your animals it isn’t the end of the world.  Here is what you will need to do.

First you will want to make sure you can keep your dog or cat calm while you remove the tick.  While you are trying to do what is best for them, they can’t quite understand when you tell them.  The last thing you want is to be part way through and then have them jump or dart.  You could end up with a scratch or the like and you’ll still have to finish getting the tick off.

Next you will need to determine exactly where the tick is.  You may need to look very carefully as some of them can be very small.  You’ll be able to tell if the tick has been there a while, if it is full of blood it has been feeding for quite some time.  If it is still rather small then it hasn’t been there too long.  Once you have the spot located you’ll want to remove it.

There are a number of ways that you go about actually removing the tick.  It is important to make sure that you get the head as well.  You can easily pop it off in the removal process and if you don’t get it out the site can get infected and cause a new round of problems.  You can either use something like tweezers or a specially made “tick key”.  These will help you to get a good hold of the little critter as you remove it.

Now that it is out you still have some work to do.  First you want to do away with the little bugger.  Then you will want to clean up your pet.  It is a good idea to clean up the spot that the tick came out of.  You won’t really need a bandage on it.  It is a good idea check over your cat or dog, if there was one tick there might be others hiding out.