Ticks are small creatures found in grassy areas, such as fields and woodland. They are parasites and require a host to feed from.

Ticks can be dangerous for any age of dog so it’s important to know what to do if you spot one.

Don’t panic!  

Resist the urge to just pull it straight off. This would be extremely painful for your dog so ticks always need to be removed slowly and carefully, otherwise embedded mouth parts can be left behind. Use a tick removing tool and follow the instructions.

After taking your dog for a walk, it’s a good idea to check them for ticks.  You can do this by moving your hands over their body to check for any unusual small bumps, particularly around their:

  • Ears
  • Head
  • Neck
  • Groin
  • Armpits
  • Feet

Ticks vary in size, but you should be able to see their oval shaped body, which will get bigger as it fills with blood. Ticks may go inside a dogs’ ear, so if your dog is shaking their head a lot, it’s worth having a careful look inside with a torch.

If you have concerns, call your local vet.