Recognize ticks on your dog by their small, arachnid appearance and potential swelling after feeding.
Regularly inspect your dog's fur, especially in high-risk areas like ears, neck, and between toes.
Safely remove ticks using fine-tipped tweezers. Grasp the tick close to the skin and pull gently upward.
Do not use folklore methods like burning ticks with a match or smothering them with oil.
Use tick preventatives like topical treatments, collars, or oral medications as recommended by your vet.
Be aware of tick-borne diseases like Lyme disease and consult your vet for vaccinations and early detection.
Keep your yard groomed to reduce tick habitat. Remove tall grass and debris where ticks may thrive.