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Fleas, Worms and Other Parasites — Ticks

Unlike fleas, which jump around all over the place, a tick digs its mouthparts into your dog's skin and stays there. They can be very hard to remove once they're dug in. It's important to remove them as soon as possible, because they can carry bacteria which can lead to more serious illnesses developing in your dog. That said, if you just try to tear them out, the tick's mouthparts can stay lodged in the dog's skin which can lead to infection.

There are right ways and wrong ways to remove a tick from a dog. For starters, you should use tweezers to remove the tick, not your fingers. You want to get hold of the tick on the head, as close to the dog's skin as possible, and pull it out from there. Don't put pressure on the body as this is where harmful bacteria may be, and if you squeeze it that bacteria will go straight into the dog's skin. So grab the tick by the head and pull it out slowly – don't jerk it. If part of the head stays lodged in the dog, try to remove it with the tweezers. There may be a little blood – that's normal. Remove as much as you can of the tick and dispose of it. If part of the head can't be removed, it should dry up and fall out within a few days. If the bite area doesn't clear up within a few days of removal and the area appears infected, contact your vet.

You should give your dog a thorough check for ticks and fleas every time you groom her.

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