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How To Find and Remove Ticks From Your Dog

What Are Ticks?

Ticks are small arachnids that feed on the blood of mammals, birds, and sometimes reptiles and amphibians. They are ectoparasites, which means they live on the outside of their host. Ticks are not just a nuisance; they can transmit various diseases to both animals and humans, including Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. These diseases can cause severe health problems and, in some cases, can be life-threatening. Therefore, it is crucial to regularly check your dog for ticks, especially after they have been outside in areas where ticks are prevalent.

Locating Ticks On Your Dog

To locate ticks on your dog, you should conduct a thorough inspection of their entire body. Ticks can attach themselves anywhere, but they often prefer warm, moist areas. Common places to find ticks include around the ears, under the collar, between the toes, around the tail, and in the armpits and groin area. Run your hands slowly over your dog’s body, feeling for any small lumps or bumps. Part the fur to examine the skin closely. Using a fine-toothed comb can also help to find ticks that might be hidden in the fur.

How To Safely Remove Ticks

When you find a tick, it is important to remove it as soon as possible. The longer a tick remains attached, the greater the chance it will transmit disease. To remove a tick effectively, use the Tick-Off Tick Remover, a specialised tool designed for safe and easy tick removal. First, secure your dog to prevent sudden movements. Place the Tick-Off Tick Remover’s notch at the base of the tick, close to the skin. Gently slide the tool under the tick and lift it off the skin with a steady, upward motion. Avoid twisting or jerking, as this can cause the tick’s mouthparts to break off and remain in the skin, potentially leading to infection. After the tick is removed, dispose of it appropriately, and clean the bite area and your hands with rubbing alcohol or soap and water.

What Should I Do After Removing The Tick

It is essential to monitor the bite area for signs of infection, such as redness, swelling, or pus. If you notice any of these symptoms, or if your dog starts to show signs of illness, such as fever, lethargy, or loss of appetite, contact your veterinarian immediately. In some cases, your vet may recommend testing for tick-borne diseases, especially if the tick was attached for more than 24 hours or if your dog shows any signs of illness.

Is There Something I Can Do To Prevent Ticks?

Preventing tick bites is also an important aspect of tick management. Use a veterinarian-recommended tick prevention product, which can be in the form of collars, spot-on treatments, or oral medications. Regularly inspect your dog for ticks, especially during peak tick season, which is typically from spring to autumn. Keep your yard well-maintained by mowing the grass short, removing leaf litter, and creating a tick-free zone around your home by using gravel or wood chips.

In conclusion, ticks are a significant concern for dog owners due to the diseases they can transmit. Regular inspections and prompt removal of ticks are crucial to protect your dog’s health. Using tick prevention products and maintaining a tick-free environment can significantly reduce the risk of tick bites. If you have any concerns about ticks or tick-borne diseases, consult your veterinarian for the best advice and treatment options.

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Small Pet Life Enrichment – Keeping Your Furry Friends Happy

Small Pet Life Enrichment

But what exactly do we mean by ‘enrichment’? Essentially, it refers to the range of accessories and activities we introduce into our pets’ living and exercise areas. These are not just frivolous extras; they’re fundamental to allowing our pets to engage in natural behaviours and habits. Enrichment goes beyond the basics of survival – it enhances the quality of life.

Digging Box:

A digging box is a straightforward yet effective way to cater to a rabbit’s instinctual burrowing behaviour. You can easily set this up using a plastic box or a large plant pot, filled with safe materials like hay or soil. It’s vital to keep this area clean and regularly refresh the digging material to maintain hygiene and interest.

Forage Box:

Unlike in a domestic setting where food is often readily available, in the wild, rabbits and guinea pigs would naturally forage for their food. This activity is not just about sustenance; it’s a critical part of their mental stimulation. By setting up a forage box or scattering food around their habitat, you encourage natural foraging behaviour. This can be as simple as hiding vegetables and greens for them to discover. It’s a fun way to keep them entertained and engaged.

Rabbits and how to enrich their little lives
Guinea Pigs and how to enrich their little pet lives

Varied Hay Feeding:

Hay is not just food; it’s a necessity for maintaining proper digestion in rabbits and guinea pigs. A lack of hay can lead to a dangerous condition known as “gut stasis,” which can be fatal within 24 hours. To keep your pets interested and ensure they’re eating enough, offer a variety of hay in different locations within their enclosure. Regularly replenishing their hay supply is also crucial for monitoring their health, as a decrease in hay consumption can be an early sign of illness.

Tunnels and Hides:

Given that guinea pigs and rabbits are prey animals, they naturally have a cautious nature. While they do require ample space to exercise and explore, this space shouldn’t be completely open and empty. Including tunnels and hiding spots in their environment allows them to satisfy their instinct to explore while feeling safe. These additions can make a significant difference in their comfort and stress levels.

Final Thoughts

Incorporating enrichment into your pets’ daily routine is more than just a nice gesture; it’s an integral part of providing a nurturing and stimulating environment. These simple, yet effective, ideas not only cater to their basic needs but also encourage natural behaviours that are crucial for their well-being. By taking the time to enrich your pets’ lives, you’re investing in their happiness and health.

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Caring For An Arthritic Pet

Caring For Arthritic Pets

When your dog’s favourite run becomes a stiff walk, getting up from the comfy bed is now accompanied by a groan and a growl and running up the stairs is just too big of a mountain to climb. These will all be familiar scenarios for senior dog owners. You want nothing more then to be able to take away the pain and see your canine companion bound around once again. Whilst there is no miracle cure for aging or arthritic joints, there are few things you can do to relieve some of the discomfort your dog may feel.

Dog Laid on a Bed
Regular Trips to the Vets

It’s important to take regular trips to the vets and to maintain any treatment plan your vet puts in place. Whilst speaking with your vet ask if your dog would be a suitable candidate for hydrotherapy. Hydrotherapy is the use of water to exercise and mobilise joints, proven to relieve and even halt the symptoms of arthritis. Also, it’s worth discussing the prescription of nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs to help if you feel your dog is in pain.

Glucosamine assists your dogs body to produce cartilage in the joints. As dogs get older their body breaks down cartilage quicker than it can be produced. Loss of cartilage is what leads to arthritis and joint pain. You can buy glucosamine supplements from most pet health stores. Lastly, making sure your dog maintains a healthy weight relieves the pressure on the joints, this can offer an instant pain relief, also allowing them to increase their mobility. If you have worries your dog is significantly over weight, for effective weight loss, speak to your veterinary surgery. Most practices run free weight clinics to support owners with pet obesity.

Dog Health Supplements
Tip for Caring for Arthritic Pets
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How To Keep Your Dog Cool During Summer

How To Keep Your Dog Cool During Summer

Vetfleece tips for keeping your pet cool

It’s hard to believe that it’s that time of year again, but it looks like the temperatures are still rising. I know that we can’t always rely on a hot British summer, but on the days that are above average temperature we need to be aware that our furry friends need a little extra TLC.
You might be surprised to hear that dogs can also suffer from heatstroke, which can have worse symptoms and more fatalities than the human kind. But unlike us, dogs aren’t able to sweat through their skin, so they release heat through their paw pads and nose to regulate their body temperature and keep themselves cool. If you suspect your dog is suffering from heatstroke, you need to look out for these signs, excessive panting, dribbling, a bright red tongue, increased heart rate and in more serious cases collapse. If any the above signs are present in your dog, immediately move them to a cool, shaded area (preferably with a breeze), spray them with cool but not freezing water and call your vet.

Here are a few tips for keeping your dog cool and hopefully preventing heatstroke during the warmer months of the year.

Ice Cubes to Keep Your Dog Cool In Summer

Ice cubes

Last summer we found that the best way to keep our dog hydrated also turned into a fun game that kept him entertained for ages. We froze several different treats in normal ice cube trays and popped them in his water several times a day. Please be aware that aggressive chewers could break teeth.

Paddling pool

We found a small children’s paddling pool in our local Poundland and set this up in the garden. It wasn’t an Olympic sized pool and he couldn’t swim in it, but it was big enough for him to sit in. We also put some of his plastic toys in and he had great fun splashing around trying to get them out.

A paddling pool helps to keep your dog cool in summer
Take pleny of water with you when walking the dog

Carry water on your walks

You can buy dog water bottles with integrated bowls to carry in your bag whilst having a walk. This way you are able to take regular stops to make sure your dog keeps cool and regulates his body temperature. It is always a good idea to carry an extra bottle of clean drinking water as you may be out walking longer than you originally though.

Constant supply of water

Make sure that you have a bowl of water available for your pet at all times. Having a bowl in the house and in a shaded area outside means that even lazy dogs have access to a refreshing drink whenever they need it.

Keep a bowl of water for your dog
Ensure your dog has access to shade on hot days

Shade in the garden

At certain times during in summer our garden doesn’t have any areas that are shaded, so if our dog has to go out at these times, we make sure that our patio umbrella is up so he can go under if he wants to.


On a side note, please remember to keep an eye on your dog and check for ticks after a walk in woodland, grassland and heath’s. It’s during the hotter months of the year that these disease carrying creatures make an appearance, and not only will they attach themselves to your dog, but they are also fond of humans too. It’s advisable to carry a tick remover like out with you at all times. Our tick remover can easily fit in a purse or wallet and it comes in 3 different sizes to remove even the biggest ticks.