Spring is a time of love, warmth, flowering and, sadly, ticks. It is during warming that these small parasites appear, which are carriers of extremely dangerous diseases. AND blood-sucking arthropod called “ixodid tick” not less dangerous for animals, including dogs, than the rest. What owners of four-legged friends should know about this danger? how need to respond when a pet has such a “guest”?
- 1. General information
- 2. Features of ixodid ticks
- 3. How to detect, and most importantly, remove the parasite?
Owners should be anxious starting in April. This period is a hot time for tick bites. Arthropods themselves are not able to seriously harm an animal, the danger is what is contained in their body, transmitted through saliva during a bite. Ixodid tick tolerates pyroplasmosis, canine erlichiosis, anaplasmosis and others infections.
Ticks attack animals that have invaded their habitat, and since dogs need regular walking, they often are the victims. It is very important to detect as soon as possible parasite on the body of the pet and provide timely assistance, as procrastination can cost a dog’s life. Also has a place to be prophylaxis commonly used by responsible owners pets.
Features of ixodid ticks
Grass and low shrubs – that’s what is familiar habitat for this type of parasite. That is, they are a sacrifice, usually penetrate from below. Before sucking, tick for some time “travels” along the body of the dog in search of a comfortable places for suction. Most often these are the sites with the smallest the amount of coat, but also under the coat the parasite is capable of to get in. In most cases, ticks are found on the following body parts:
- in the armpits;
- the stomach
- skin folds;
- at the bottom of the neck.
Unlike other parasitic creatures, for ixodid ticks the body of the animal is not housing, but only a source food. He immerses the proboscis in the skin, begins screw in and get saturated with blood. After eating, the tick swells increasing in size, and turns into a reddish pea or brownish color. After saturation, it is on its own falls off.
But if the parasite has been noticed before, then contact a veterinary the clinic is not possible, then the owners must know how to cope with this problem.
Watch the video and find out how the ixodic tick taken from dogs:
How to detect, and most importantly, remove the parasite?
As already noted, speed of action is important here. After walking you should examine the pet, and if suddenly a tick is found on the skin, you must contact the veterinary service or remove it by yourself. Often, owners understand that there is something with the dog happened when he already shows the first signs infection. Symptoms depend on the disease. infected the animal. The tick extraction algorithm is as follows way:
- You should use one of the devices – a thread, from which is done with a loop, tweezers or special device purchased in the pharmacy department.
- It is necessary to capture the “neck” of the parasite, while doing so recommended neatly. Feeling discomfort, arthropod may inject saliva into the bloodstream, and if handled carelessly there is a risk of tearing off the head of the parasite, which is also undesirable.
- You need to slowly stretch the parasite, but do not pull up, and make horizontal movements clockwise as would be twisting it. The procedure can take from 5-7 to 20 hours minutes.
- Having pulled out a tick, you will need to press on the edges of the wound to blood appeared. It must be removed with a napkin.
- The resulting wound is treated with an antiseptic, iodine is suitable or green.
The tick should not be destroyed on its own, it is better to turn it in laboratory for research. Having studied the parasite, a specialist will be able to tell whether the dog has contracted any infection or not.
Ixodid tick is a carrier of various, including fatal infections, so its important as soon as possible Detect and remove from the dog’s body. Also recommended use prophylactic protective agents – sprays, collars and other