How do you know if your dog has ticks?
- Your dog is scratching, biting, or chewing his skin.
- Your dog is losing hair, especially around the neck and tail.
- You see tiny red bumps on your dog’s skin.
- You find small black specks on your dog’s skin or bedding.
- Your dog develops a fever, becomes lethargic, or loses his appetite.
What is the easiest way to find a tick on a dog? Comb through their fur with your fingers. Press gently so you can feel any bumps on the skin. Ticks can be as small as a pinhead or as big as a grape. Don’t forget to check their feet (including between their toes), inside their ears, and around the face and neck.
Where do ticks like to hide on dogs? Under the Legs
Armpits, elbows, and hind legs are easy pickings for a hungry tick, who often feeds in these moist areas unbothered and undetected. Fortunately, these regions tend to have less fur, which makes it easier for pet owners to isolate a tick’s location.
How long will a tick stay on a dog? Since a tick needs at least 36 hours of feeding to be engorged, an engorged tick indicates that it has been attached to your dog for at least 2 days. However, the tick can still remain attached to the dog for up to 10 days, so it is safe to assume that an engorged tick has been attached for 2 to 10 days.