The fear of ticks!

It is tick season and with the fear of possible diseases,
that these small insects can transmit a whole industry is growing.

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It seems as bad as it's ever been and there's a reason for that:
The cold periods in winter are getting shorter and shorter and overall the climate here has become much milder. This makes it possible for ticks to survive the winter in our country, because they need -20 degrees Celsius to die. These dangerous beasts are true survivors and live to be over 10 years old under laboratory conditions. As a result, the tick population is growing exponentially and so does the risk of diseases and illnesses transmitted by ticks.

No panic about tick bites!

Not every tick bite is dangerous, but the awareness that a single bite is enough to cause a painful disease puts people in fear. For many people it is enough to just think about it and it actually tingles, although there is usually nothing crawling at all at that spot.
Your dog doesn't think about it at all and roams unsuspectingly square metre by square metre over the surface of nature, thus achieving a high hit rate for the dangerous mini monsters. But it can be a small consolation that ticks quickly cling to their fur, but it can take minutes to hours before they actually bite and anchor their trunk in the skin. The time window until Lyme disease can be transmitted is also relatively large and can last between 12 and 24 hours. This is because the transmission requires an active intestine of the tick, where these bacteria are located. TBE, however, presents a risk of transmission when using the cutting tools.
That is why you should already be attentive when walking around to see if there is something crawling in the fur. The faster a tick can be removed, the more harmless it is.

How do I protect myself and my dog from ticks?

Home remedies

Household remedies such as coconut oil or black cumin oil are more easily tolerated. Both are suitable for rubbing in but also have a supportive effect when added to the feed. A great side effect is the shine in the coat. In addition simply ½ to 1 tablespoon coconut oil or 20 drops of black cumin oil over the fodder treufeln. We have not yet been able to find scientific proof of the success, but we do receive repeated feedback that the tick infestation has decreased. By the way, the household remedies can also help the master or the mistress. Nevertheless, every dog and human being is different, you have to try out what helps you, does you good or what tastes good to the dog.

But no matter what precautions you decide on, the best support for your pet is and remains extensive coat care. Brush your dog strand by strand after the walk, look between toes, behind your ears under your armpits, preferably everywhere.

Medicine and chemical tick remedies

The fear of ticks triggers its own industry. There are all kinds of means, whether chemical, ingestible or greasing, which promise that no more ticks will go to your dog. There are many dog owners who confirm a good effect and there are also those who call for help after the application. Side effects often could not be foreseen beforehand or the immune and nervous system of the animal can react to them. Important is to start with small doses and to find out whether the animal tolerates the remedies. Medicinal or chemical products should also not be taken before a veterinarian has given his or her recommendation, as he or she can intervene quickly and safely even if the animal does not tolerate them.

What to do when the tick has bitten?

Möglichst schnell entfernen! Dazu gib es allerei Helfechen, von der normalen Pinzette, über ein Zeckenlasso oder einer Zeckenzange oder -Karte, hierfür kannst du sogar improvisieren, Hauptsache der Kopf der Zecke wird mit entfernt. Wusstest du, dass eine Zecke, deren Körper zwar zerstört wurde, der Kopf aber noch unversehrt ist, einfach ein neuer Körper nachwächst?
Egal welches Werkzeug du verwendest, wichtig ist, dass dein Hund keine Angst davor hat so, dass du präzise den gesamten Zeckenkörper entfernen kannst.
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What do I do with the removed tick?

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Don't throw it in the toilet! Ticks survive under water for up to 3 weeks and then simply crawl out again. In order to really get rid of them, it is not enough to simply crush them with your fingers. As mentioned above, it depends on the head of the tick, only then the tick is harmless. At home, a safe way is to put the removed ticks into a burning candle. The wax and the heat kill the ticks.

The best remedy against ticks remains coat care!

The surface with which a dog roams over the surface in nature is enormously increased by the coat. Here it can help to shorten the coat on the legs, belly, head and tail. This makes it harder for ticks to hold on to and also makes it easier to search your dog after walking.

Take the time after the walk to search your dog or cat thoroughly for their outdoor adventures. Coat care has no side effects, on the contrary, it strengthens your bond with your pet, gives confidence and makes not only the animal but also you feel good not to have "crawly passengers" in the house.