Last week, we discovered that our dogs have ticks; they’ve always had them, but they now have more. It so happened that one morning, when Paxon came to greet us, we saw an engorged tick near his eye; we found another on his ear, and a few more on his chest. This type of tick is known as the Brown dog tick (Rhipicephalus sanguineus) which is found all over the world. It feeds on a wide variety of mammals, but dogs are the preferred host. Brown dog ticks can cause skin irritation and damage in dogs; they also cause disease. As soon as you find ticks on your dog, you should remove them.
It is easy to remove ticks from dogs, I used a blunt object to flick them off. Other ways of getting rid of ticks include the use of shampoos, tick powders and sprays, as well as fitting your dog with a tick collar.
Brown dog ticks do not bite humans regularly, as dogs are the preferred host. They are also not an efficient vector of disease in humans.I read that Brown dog ticks usually detach themselves (drop-off) from their hosts, and they do so mainly at night time.
The female tick is specifically known to drop-off the host once she is engorged with blood. She does this in order to lay her eggs in crevices and cracks, and in other ideal locations. After she lays her eggs, she dies. I understand that the Brown dog tick spends most of its lifetime in the environment. Therefore, when you see your dog infested with ticks, it is possible that most of the ticks are not on the dog, but in the environment.
In that case, your lawn, bushes, and trees should be trimmed regularly, as doing so helps to reduce the population of both fleas and ticks in your yard. Once you have discovered ticks in your yard and on your animals, start treatment right away.
To control infestation, regular grooming and inspection of pets is essential. As a matter of precaution, dogs, humans, and other mammals should be checked periodically for ticks; but you should be careful about treatment on cats since some tick and flea treatments for dogs are poisonous in cats. Also try restricting your dog’s interaction with other dogs.After removing the ticks from your dog, I read that you can submerge them in rubbing alcohol (isopropyl alcohol), which kills them. I usually, crushed the critters with a stone, then cover the blood with dirt. .