Most Dog Owners Don’t Realize They Need To Check Mouths For Ticks After Being Outside

 

Have you ever found a tick on your dog? It’s not a fun experience, but removing it is a good way to know you’re keeping your dog happy and healthy.With summer almost here, people like to be outdoors with their pets.  Whether it is to the local pool, a neighborhood park, or to the woods for a hike.

 

Here’s what you need to know.

 

ticks in dogs mouth

A photo on the Facebook page Homestead & Survival is garnering a lot of attention, and for good reason. The picture showing a tick inside a dog’s mouth, has over 1,400 reactions and over 2,700 shares.

ticks in dogs mouth

Along with the photo, the post said:

“Most people never even look inside their dog or cat’s mouth to see if there are any problems. With tick season in full force all over the country and many parts of the world, many of us have become accustomed to checking our pets for ticks thoroughly from head to toe when we’re done playing outside. One of the last places we would ever think to check (aside from under their tails) is inside their mouths.”

ticks in dogs mouth

Australia’s Adelaide Vet said you should do an at-home dental exam on your dog every month, especially if you and your dog spend a lot of time outside during tick-heavy months, you should check more often.

Removing a tick from your dog’s mouth might be slightly more difficult than a different area of the body, especially if your dog isn’t comfortable with you touching their mouth.

ticks in dogs mouth

The American Kennel Club explains that the best way to remove a tick from your dog is by using fine-point tweezers.

Once you locate the tick, grasp it as close to the skin as possible. Then, pull gently using the tweezers. Make sure to pull directly upward, away from where the tick was burrowing.

If you or your dog isn’t comfortable with this, have it done by your veterinarian.

ticks in dogs mouth

 

Once you’ve removed the tick, wash your hands and clean the site with rubbing alcohol.

ticks in dogs mouth

 

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