Ticks thrive in warm weather, so even if you're extra vigilant in your flea and tick control there will still be a chance one of these bugs could find its way onto your dog. In addition to using Hartz flea and tick products, such as Hartz® UltraGuard Plus® Flea & Tick Spray for Dogs, you should check for ticks regularly. If you happen to find one of these pesky parasites on your pooch's skin, immediate removal is important, but this is a delicate process.
When a tick finds a good meal, it bites down and latches on, so if you're not careful about tick removal you could accidentally leave parts of the insect in your dog's skin. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended using a clean pair of tweezers to grasp the tick. Try to pinch the insect as close as you can to the surface of your pet's skin. Then, pull upward with steady pressure. Don't twist the tweezers or pull too fast, as these moves can leave a tick's mouth parts embedded in the dog's flesh.
Once the tick is removed, wash the bite area with mild soap and water. Keep an extra close eye on your dog in the coming weeks. If he starts to develop any symptoms, such as lethargy, joint pain or decreased appetite, take him to see a vet.
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