As pet owners know, their beloved creatures can’t just speak up whenever something is wrong. So, their owners must give them proper check-ups as needed. A trip to the vet every week isn’t realistic, so some DIY investigating must be done. One common problem among many pets is the presence of ticks. Fortunately, there are simple ways for owners to check their pets for ticks.
Many pets like to spend time outdoors playing around, either with other animals or their owners. Of course, they often try to scurry off and get into places they aren’t supposed to. As a result, they are more likely to be exposed to ticks while outside. Run your fingers through your pet’s fur before letting your furry friend back inside. Small bumps could indicate the presence of a tick. There are several areas on an animal that owners should specifically check.
Under the Collar
Ticks commonly hide underneath a pet’s collar. Pets will often scratch excessively at and around the collar if something such as a tick is irritating them. Check the area if you notice your pet being abnormally pestered by their collar.
Inside of the Ears
The ears are another typical spot for ticks, especially among curious dogs. Since they are likely sniffing around trying to get into something new, they will have their nose pressed toward the ground, allowing ticks to hop into the ears. Just like with a collar, your pet will be scratching the heck out of their ears if something is in there.
Between The Toes
Another dark, tough-to-get-to area ticks like to hang out in are the toes. Toes are quite accessible to ticks, as they are practically always exposed. If you notice your pet gnawing or licking its toes excessively, it probably means there are ticks in there.
Around the Genitals
This is certainly not the most fun spot to have to deal with ticks, but it’s an area that should be checked often. The genital region is another area that provides many spots for ticks to cling on to. It will be fairly obvious if your pet is agitated in this region.
If you are overwhelmed with tick issues with your pets, don’t panic. A-Academy is available to provide a quality, affordable service from a team with over 40 years of experience. Contact A-Academy today to begin setting up an appointment with a technician.