How Do I Care for a Canine Tick Bite?

by Eric Mohrman
 

Tick risks are highest in wooded areas and during the summer.

Most pet parents are aware of tick dangers. These parasites transmit infections like Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and ehrlichiosis. Most people know to promptly remove a tick with proper procedure, but many don't think about caring for the bite afterward. While most heal fine on their own, a little precaution helps prevent ongoing irritation and secondary infections.

Bite Care

To prevent secondary infections in a tick bite, keep it clean and apply canine antibiotic ointment to the site for a few days. Rinse the area well with warm water three times daily and if it gets dirty. Follow package instructions for ointment application. Bandage the area to protect it. A bandage and topical canine anti-itch cream also help if irritation causes your dog to scratch or bite the site; this can result in self-inflicted injuries and secondary infections.

Tick Removal

Wear protective gloves and use a commercial tick remover as directed or tweezers, grabbing the tick close to your dog's skin and steadily pulling it straight out. Keep the tick in a jar of rubbing alcohol, which will kill it, for testing if your dog shows symptoms of a tick-borne infection. Clean the bite with a topical antiseptic.

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