Tick head stuck in dog

Tick head stuck in dog

Tick head stuck in dog’s ear as it licks owner

Tick head stuck in dog’s ear as it licks owner

A tick has been spotted in a dog’s ear in a Facebook photo shared by the American Kennel Club, the US’ largest nonprofit canine association.

The image shows a dog lying on her back while her ears are covered with insects. The photo was tagged in the AKC forum by a Facebook user who is “very concerned about this” and said the owner “did not know it was in the ear”.

One of the AKC user’s comments says: “It’s not a joke. The tick is embedded in the ear.”


Tick head stuck in dog’s ear as it licks owner

There is no immediate word if the animal in the photo is alive, but if it is dead or even still alive and the insect has done damage to its ear, the owner may want to seek veterinary care as soon as possible.

If you have a tick stuck in your dog’s ear, you should also try to remove the tick as soon as possible – preferably with tweezers – to avoid causing more problems and infection. The insect can live for months or even years, so any treatment should be thorough.

In fact, any tick found in or on a dog is a sign of an infection to the animal’s body. The parasite that carries Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and tick-borne anaplasmosis can cause severe problems if left untreated, so dogs and people should always look for any sign of an infection and treat them promptly.



The American Kennel Club told us: “We don’t know the circumstances of this photo, but we do know it’s real.”

“The dog in this photo is not exhibiting any signs of a tick infestation, and this is a photo of a real dog in real life and not a photo of a human posing as a dog,” it adds.

“It’s possible the dog has some form of ear disease, and we don’t know the treatment. If you have concerns, please contact your veterinarian immediately.”

This post will be updated as we find out more.

What is a dog tick and where do they live?

The American Kennel Club says: “Ticks are parasites that live on the body of mammals and are carriers of diseases. Most ticks live in woodland, grasslands, open areas, and areas of shrubbery – especially undergrowth near water – but they can also be found on the leaves of plants, on the ground, and inside houses.

“The most dangerous tick for dogs is the brown dog tick, which carries tick-borne diseases such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever, anaplasmosis and ehrlichiosis.”

“They lay their eggs in the spring. When the tick is feeding, it leaves behind a saliva-coated egg that is stuck to the hair or fur of its host. When the larva hatches from the egg, it is often attached to the fur or skin.

“The larvae are often active during the spring and early summer, and they can be seen on the fur as a dark, flat disk or on the skin as a light, oval disk.

“These larvae can be very hard to remove because they are stuck to the fur or skin. Some dogs don’t even need to be bathed to remove them.”

There are around 20 tick species in the UK, the AECC says, which include two species of horse tick.

A small brown tick is usually the carrier of the Lyme disease bacteria.

While a larger brown or black tick, about the size of a small nut, carries Anaplasma.

Another tick species that is sometimes found in the UK is the wood tick, which is similar to the black dog tick. It is a “small, dark-coloured tick, often found attached to grass or plant stems and leaves, or on wood surfaces”, the AECC adds.

All these species can be found on a host of animals – including dogs, cats, horses, and even humans – and on the grass and vegetation in parks, fields and gardens.

A good way to find ticks is to look at yourself as well as the animals.

What to do if you find a tick on your dog or cat

If you find one attached to your pet’s head, you should immediately remove it.

If it is firmly attached, then you should pull gently, avoiding pulling off the head. Once you have it out, examine it for signs of ticks feeding.

If you find any ticks attached to your dog’s legs or body, you should carefully pull them off by the head.

If they don’t pull off, or you notice that they are feeding, you should pull harder and gently move the insect back and forth to detach it from the fur.

If you find one on your own skin, you should also carefully remove it by gently pulling off the head and body.

If you find a tick on your pet’s skin that’s attached to something, such as a plant stem, you should remove the whole thing together – including the stem – and wash the area with soap and water.

When to call a vet

When in doubt about a tick on your pet, it’s best to seek veterinary advice immediately.

Ticks carry diseases that can cause serious damage, such as kidney failure or other organ damage.

Ticks are most dangerous to your pets between April and September, the AECC says.

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