Ticks are one of the grossest and most dangerous parasites. They can affect both humans and dogs. However, our furry friends are at greater risk due to their lifestyle. Ticks are small, egg-shaped, grey-brown blood-sucking parasites that live in woods, grassy or swampy areas. These parasites don’t fly or jump on animals. Ticks simply climb on the animal when it passes close to them. To learn more about ticks, where they live, how they affect dogs, how to remove a tick from a dog, and prevent ticks on dogs, read this article. On the other hand, we will focus on tick head stuck in a dog in this article. What to do and what not to do in these situations. So, let’s start!
Tick Head Is Stuck In My Dog: How Did This Happen?
Well, removing the tick is a tricky task, and there is a lot that can go wrong. Even if you are very careful when removing the tick, it’s fairly common to find a tick head stuck in a dog’s skin. Don’t blame yourself if the tick head is left after you remove the body. It happens, even to the most experienced dog owners.
What To Do If A Tick’s Head Gets Stuck In Your Furry Friend?
While the embedded tick’s head increases the risk of infection, it most certainly isn’t a medical emergency. If you notice that you didn’t manage to remove the entire tick’s body and that there are still some parts left in the dog’s skin, don’t panic.
The first thing you need to do is to disinfect the affected area. You can do this with alcohol, a commercial disinfectant, or with soap and water. Ticks are carriers of microbes and bacteria that can cause serious health issues in your dogs, such as Lyme disease and babesiosis. Therefore, thorough, timely disinfection of the affected area is crucial in preventing more serious issues.
Also, keep an eye on the area of the bite. If it becomes swollen, red, or painful, you need to visit the vet. The vet will do the necessary tests and prescribe whether a topical, course or oral antibiotics.
What Not To Do If A Tick Head Is Stuck In Your Dog?
You will find many different methods on how to remove the tick’s head from the dog’s skin. However, we don’t recommend you to follow these methods. Most of these home methods for removing a tick’s head are ineffective and will do more harm than good. Don’t risk injuring your dog, or spread infection from the tick’s mouth.
You have probably heard that you should burn a tick off or that applying nail polish remover or petroleum jelly will remove the tick. However, these are only myths. Trying to remove the tick with a heat source will only leave your dog’s skin burnt and seriously injured. On the other hand, the use of petroleum jelly and nail polish remover will only irritate the dog’s skin.
You may try to remove the tick’s head with a needle or tweezers in a similar fashion you would remove a splinter. However, you are risking an injury and a skin infection.
Therefore, put down that needle, forget about those home methods of removing a tick’s head and do the only right thing. Take your dog to the vet!
The vet will remove the tick’s head in a safe way in a sterilized environment thus reducing the risk of infection to the minimum. The vet may also analyze the tick’s remnants to check if there are any dangerous microbes present.
Tick Prevention In Dogs
We know that ticks are nasty, bloodsucking parasites that can cause serious harm to our dogs. Therefore, it is crucial to develop a tick-prevention plan and stick to it. You can’t completely protect your dog, since ticks can be found anywhere in the environment.
However, you can at least minimize the risk of infection. Check how common ticks are in an area you often take your dog for a walk of playtime. If an area has a lot of ticks, avoid it at all costs.
Ticks usually live in long grass, swamps, wooded areas. Basically, they live in areas that animals often visit, so try to avoid these areas.
Always check your dog for ticks when coming home from a walk, especially if you take your dog to the woods or for a hike. Check the dog’s tummy, legs, armpits, ears, paws, area around the tail and neck as these are the most common places of a tick bite.
Ticks are creepy and nasty parasites that feed on the blood of humans, dogs, and other animals. An engorged tick is a particularly disgusting sight to see. Not only are ticks gross, but they are also extremely dangerous. Ticks carry microbes that will enter the host skin and blood when the tick feeds. These microbes can then cause several serious health issues in affected animals. People often make the mistake of removing just the body, while the tick head stays embedded in your dog.
The head can also contain the same microbes and spread infection, while you think the issue is solved. Therefore, when removing the tick, pay special attention to the affected area. If you find a tick head stuck in your dog, disinfect that area and take your dog to the vet.