Tick season is here and it is important to keep the parasites off of your dog for their safety. Here are just some spots you want to check right after passing tall grass or just checking ticks.

The first spot you want to check out is the ear.

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Ticks like tall grass and as we know, dogs love to have their nose to the ground and brush by tall grass with their head and ears. This gives the ticks opportunity to climb in a good hiding spot, the ear. There’s many spots for the ticks to hide in the ears that makes the ear a prime target for the ticks to hide in. When you are looking make sure you look deep and a good sign that a tick is calling your dog’s ear a home is when the dog shakes or scratches the ear.

Second spot is between the toes

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Another good place to check is the paws of the dog. It’s a good hiding spot with fur and crevices within the foot. Where do you find these parasites? In-between the toes or the bottom of the foot. If you see your dog chewing their paw might be best to check it out.

Third spot is the underside of the tail

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The underside of the tail is a good spot for ticks, it’s hidden and a perfect home for them. For thick furred dogs you will want a comb and carefully comb the tail.

The fourth region is the area around the genitals

It’s a barely checked area is a great hiding spot for them and an important spot for you to check.

Fifth area is around the eyelids

To hide in plain sight, the ticks look like skin tags or discharge and this provides perfect cover for the ticks to hide in. By the time it is noticed, it’s a large tick and the chance for the transmission of diseases the tick might have increases.

Sixth and final area is around the collar 

The final area you would want to check after the other areas is under the collar. It is important to keep the collar on, yes the tags are important, but when you’re looking for ticks, you would need to take the collar off as ticks can hide underneath it and once noticed, the tick is large and been staying there for awhile.

All information found was from AKC’s 6 places to look for Ticks on Your Dog

http://www.akc.org/content/health/articles/places-to-look-for-ticks-on-dog/?utm_source=akc.org&utm_medium=home-page&utm_campaign=featured-stories-blueconic&utm_content=algo-1