Your fingers and eyes are the best indicators. Regardless of whether or not your dog is biting or scratching, it is always recommended to give it a once-over on the daily. It can be as simple as running your fingers through the fur, feeling out the skin a little, and noticing any movement. Spring and summer are the riskier seasons, but this changes from one place to another, as it is largely climate-based. Ticks resemble several insects, so here are a few distinguishable traits: They have no antennae or wings They are eight-legged They have a hardened external skeleton They are often alone, and not part of a swarm. If your dog has ticks, pick any visible ones off manually. Tweezers are a popular removal method. Treatments vary: there are spot-on drops, shampoos, sprays, collars, oral medication, and other ways of ensuring ticks don’t infest and/or infect your doggie. Consult your vet regarding the recommended treatment for your pet.
I think it’s a really weird thing that you have to properly look after your pet, and in the same way that humans get lice, pets get ticks or fleas. The fact that your dog is itching is something that is already gross to start with but then the fact that these fleas and ticks can literally get everywhere within two minutes is something that is truly horrifying to me.
I’m not a fan of anything that makes you itch and I get really nervous that things spread really quickly so I think I’m justified in saying that even if it was for this reason alone: dogs aren’t for me. When it comes to any pets actually I have to say, it’s a concept that I just don’t get. There are some times when I understand that you need company, and certain circumstances where a dog or another pet, like a fish or a rabbit might help to lift feelings of loneliness but generally speaking, it just seems like added responsibility to me. Speaking of fish, they’re the kind of pet I wouldn’t mind. I don’t think I would go out of my way to get one, but I think that if my children really wanted a pet we would invest in a fish rather than anything that takes up too much time or attention. I don’t mean for that to come out cold, I just think there is enough in life to worry about without creating your own additional stresses.
One of those stresses being the need to now check your dog for ticks because you see that he’s itching. This is especially nerve wracking if they have children because that means that the lice might have spread t o them as well, which means that you have to spend half your day just combing through your dogs and kids hair to get rid of ticks. Like you don’t have better things to do with your time!
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