What is best to remove ticks? Pliers, slings, hooks or maybe tweezers? We will inform you about everything worth knowing about the topic.
Summer time is tick time. This is particularly noticeable to dog owners who like to go for a walk in the forest with their best friend when the temperatures are higher. That’s where the annoying parasites are at home until they cling to our beloved four-legged friends. In addition to preventive measures, only really good tick tweezers can helpto gently remove the monster. But which one is the best and how do I remove the tick most effectively? We clarify these and other questions!
Summer has many advantages: high temperatures, long nights, joie de vivre, but unfortunately also an excess of ticks. They can be for animals and humans very dangerous become, because they transmit diseases such as Lyme disease or TBE (Tick-borne encephalitis). Dogs run the risk of being infected with another disease – babesiosis, also known as canine malaria. Babesiosis can be fatal to dogs. To prevent this and all other infections, ticks should quickly use Hooks, tongs or tweezers be removed.
How do I properly remove ticks?
Ticks can be removed in many ways: with tweezers, a hook or pliers. What you choose is up to you. All that matters is that always the head of the tick is removed, otherwise it can continue to cause infections in your dog. If you remove the head, you also don’t run the risk of pushing possible pathogens into your dog when you remove the ticks. Therefore, the body of the tick should never be crushed while it is still attached to the dog. Also later you should make sure that you not in contact with the secretion comes, because the tick could also infect you with diseases such as Lyme disease.
Which method is best: with a hook, tongs or tweezers?
what is right, what is wrong? Whether you use a hook or pliers to remove ticks is a matter of taste. Even veterinarians do not always agree on the best way to help your four-legged friend. But what is fact: Normal cosmetic tweezers should never be used. There is a very real danger here that only the body will be torn off, but not the head and the tick will continue to bite your dog. In addition, the body of the parasite could be crushed and secretions could get into the open wound, which can ultimately lead to your fur nose becoming ill.
Tick hooks – our favorite
Removing ticks using a hooks is a very simple method. The device is shaped like a small rake, which you use to place it under the tick on the skin and then remove it by levering it upwards.
the tick tongs for dogs features a gripping design that allows you to grab the tick at the bite site and then remove it by twisting the pliers.
the tweezers works similar to pliers. Here, too, you grab the head of the tick with the end of the tweezers, but from the side, enclosing it and pulling it off your dog’s skin with a twisting motion. Alternatively, you can also pull them out upwards.
One loop is applied with the help of a push button, which first opens the loop when pressed and then closes it around the tick’s head when released. In this way, the tick can be carefully removed.
What can I do to prevent ticks from biting my dog in the first place?
Ticks can get into most dogs, especially those with long hair, first in the skin, when you are on the next walk or romping in the garden. It is therefore important to check your four-legged friend after every walk to touch and best to to brush, so that the disgusting parasites can’t bite themselves in the first place. Often they are in head and neck area as well as among the armpits found because the fur is thinnest here, as is the skin. But to be on the safe side, you should always the whole body check for small insects. With long-haired dogs, daily brushing is worth it anyway, so that no burrs develop. But use an extra one for that Brush for long-haired dogs! Above all, in dogs such as Golden Retrievers, Newfoundland dogs or Australian Shepherds, ticks tend to appear later because of the density of their fur. As soon as your darling is freshly groomed, nothing stands in the way of extensive cuddles without worrying that the tick could be transferred to you.
How do I dispose of a tick?
In general, we are always in favor of saving every living being. But the sympathy stops with ticks. It is important for each disposal that the parasites are killed beforehand, which is not so easy despite their small body, since they have a hard shell that has to crack when crushed. This is not easy to do with the bare finger. However, there are a few methods that will help kill ticks:
- Crush with hard objects: Place the tick on a piece of paper, fold it in half and fold it over the other half. Now comes one hard object For example, use a sturdy glass that you can use to run over the paper and thus over the tick several times. Practice calmly more pressure so that the shell really cracks and you kill the parasite. Now you can take the paper and the tick dispose of in household waste.
- drown in water: Ticks are surprisingly persistent. Because they can survive for up to three weeks in ordinary water and even crawl up the toilet again if they have survived the flush. Therefore, this method is only conditionally recommended. It is better to drown the parasite in boiling water, where it will die after about five minutes.
- Drown in alcohol: High-proof alcohol, i.e. those above 40 percent, can also help to drown the tick. Alternatively, Sagrotan or chlorine cleaners also work.
- With an adhesive strip: If the tick is caught with an adhesive strip, fold it up so that it can no longer escape. Now you can simply dispose of them in the household waste.
- Light with the lighter and burn
What should I do if I accidentally squeezed tick secretion into my dog?
In that case, it’s best to find one vet up, so that he can act immediately and a antibiotic injected, so that possible diseases don’t stand a chance.
Signs your dog has contracted a disease
If your dog has been infected with a disease through a tick bite, the first symptoms usually appear four to six days after infection and can look like this for the most common diseases:
Symptoms of Lyme disease in dogs
- loss of appetite
- Swollen lymph nodes
- lameness (changeable)
- Swelling and inflammation of the joints
Symptoms of babesiosis in dogs
- loss of appetite
- weight loss
- Pale mucous membranes
- Brown/dark brown urine
Symptoms of Anaplasmosis in Dogs
- Sudden fever
- Enlargement of the liver and spleen
- loss of appetite
- vomiting and diarrhea
- Pale mucous membranes
- inflammation of the joints
Symptoms of TBE in dogs
- High fever, apathy, balance disorders
- signs of paralysis and coordination problems
- Jumpiness, seizures, more sensitive nerves
- Increased pain sensation in the head and neck area as well as in the back
- Restricted reflexes
Sources used: parasitenportal.de, vetevo.de, tierklinik-ismaning.de, tierklinik-stp.at