Random facts about ticksMonkey likes to use Mom and Dad's computer when they leave. He found some interesting facts about ticks on Google:
- Ticks may start out as very small black dots, about the size of the head of a pin, or they can be larger and more easily seen, about half the size of a ladybug.
- When engorged with blood, the tick's body swells and it holds firmly to a dog's skin.
- If the head remains in the skin, you may be able to remove it with the tweezers. If not, it will likely come out on its own, but you should check with your vet for advice on whether to try to remove it or simply leave it and watch for signs of infection.
- Ticks can feed on hosts' blood for a few hours or a few weeks, then drop off to lay thousands of eggs.
- Most ticks present a higher risk during warmer months, but they're a year-round threat in many places.
Monkey's Tick Removal & Prevention Tips
- Bathe your dog with a tick shampoo that contains medicated ingredients. which ticks hate.
- Use a tick dip. This is a concentrated chemical that must be diluted in water and applied to the my fur with a sponge or poured over my back.
- To remove a tick, apply a drop or two of Neem oil directly on the tick and it will extract itself quickly.
- Sponge on apple cider vinegar to remove and kill ticks.
- Get a tick collar to keep those nasty bugs off me when I go on a hike with Mom.