How to Check and Remove Ticks on Your Whoodle

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Ticks, small arachnids that can carry diseases such as Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever, can pose a significant threat to your Whoodle, especially when you spend a lot of time outside. As temperatures rise, tick populations increase, making it crucial to know how to check and remove ticks from your Whoodle. These pests live on tall grasses and shrubs, latching onto anything that passes by, including your Whoodle. They prefer hair and dark crevices, making your pet an ideal host. Understanding how to check and remove ticks is essential to keep your Whoodle healthy and happy. Here’s a guide to help you check and remove ticks on your Whoodle.

7 Places to Check for Ticks

Head and Ears

  1. Your playful and curious Whoodle loves to explore with its head. Consequently, ticks like to hide on the head and inside the ears. After an outside playtime, look closely at the outside and deep inside the ears. If your dog is shaking their head or scratching a lot, check their ears for ticks.

Toes

  1. Ticks can crawl between your Whoodle’s toes and even hide on the bottom of their feet. So, if your dog is licking or chewing their feet, it might be because a tick is there.

Tail

  1. Ticks like dark, moist places, and the underside of the tail is a perfect spot. Check the base of the tail and comb through the fur to find hidden ticks. Regular grooming, including brushing your Whoodle’s fur, can help you spot ticks early. When your Whoodle is at the groomer, you can ask for this area to have a close shave, which will help reduce the risk of ticks. You may even want to get your Whoodle a sanitary cut between full haircuts to keep this area neat. 

Groin

  1. Likewise, ticks like to hide in the area around your dog’s genitals. Check this area carefully, even though it might be a little uncomfortable. Lift your dog’s back leg or get them to lay on their back. This is a great time to use a command like ‘roll over’ or ‘play dead’, which can help you access this area more easily.

Eyelids

  1. Sometimes, ticks attach near the eyelids and look like skin tags. Check around your Whoodle’s eyes if you notice any bumps that weren’t there before.

Under the Collar

  1. Ticks can hide under your dog’s collar. Remove the collar to check for ticks, and look carefully around the neck area.

Under Their Arms

  1. The area where your Whoodle’s front legs meet their body, like our armpits, is a common spot for ticks. Check high up in this area where it’s dark and hard for your dog to reach.

How to Remove Ticks

If you find a tick on your Whoodle, don’t worry. Follow these steps to remove it safely:

Get the Right Tools

  1. First, use fine-point tweezers or a tick-removal hook. These tools help you grab the tick close to your dog’s skin.

Grab the Tick

  1. Next, part your dog’s fur and place the tweezers or tool around the tick, as close to the skin as possible. Be careful not to squeeze the tick’s body. Squeezing the tick can increase the risk of disease transmission. Ideally, you want to grab the base of the tick’s head. 

Pull the Tick Out

  1. Then, pull the tick out slowly and steadily. Do not twist or jerk. Make sure to remove the whole tick, including the head.

Clean the Area

  1. After removing the tick, clean the area with soap and water to prevent infection.

Dispose of the Tick

  1. Afterward, place the tick in a container with rubbing alcohol to kill it, burn it with a lighter, or flush it down the toilet. It’s crucial not to crush the tick with your fingers as this can increase the risk of disease transmission. Instead, use one of the recommended methods for disposal.

Watch Your Whoodle

  1. Finally, keep an eye on your Whoodle for the next few weeks. Irritation around the area of the tick bite is common. If they show signs of illness, such as loss of appetite, low energy, joint pain, or any other unusual behavior, it’s important to take them to the vet for a check-up.

Preventative Measures

Speak with your veterinarian and ask about preventative tick medication for your Whoodle. It is recommended that you check your pup for ticks as soon as you come in from outside. Checking can be as simple as giving your dog a quick pet all over its body to try to feel for small bumps. 

Remember, a tick can transmit a disease if attached for at least 48 hours. If your dog shows changes in behavior, such as lack of appetite, low energy, or joint pain, it’s time to visit the veterinarian. 

Regularly checking these seven places and knowing how to remove ticks can keep your Whoodle safe and healthy. Remember, ticks can carry diseases and pose a threat to your pet’s health, so it’s important to stay vigilant. By following these steps and taking preventative measures, you can ensure your Whoodle stays tick-free and happy. Happy exploring!