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How To Deal With Ticks On Your Small Breed Dog

Updated: Feb 21

Small dog being inspected for ticks

The Enigma of Ticks: Unveiling Potential Harm to Canines and Humans

Ticks, the multifaceted arachnids, encompass various species, each with the potential to wreak havoc on both humans and dogs.

Identifying these minuscule creatures can prove perplexing, as they start their life cycle in a diminutive form.

Even at full maturity, ticks remain smaller than your thumbnail.

These spider-like organisms thrive as parasites on hosts, living there until they're prepared to disengage by attaching themselves to the skin.


“When out walking, use suitable clothing: wearing shorts in tick habitat is an invitation to be bitten! Insect repellents can be sprayed on clothing, but always follow the manufacturer’s guidelines. Carry a tick removal tool and antiseptic wipes.” The Kennel Club


Found predominantly

in rural and grassy locales, ticks seize the perfect opportunity when a passing dog on a dog walk crosses their path.

The potential for harm exists, but there's no need for panic.

The likelihood of ticks carrying diseases is low, and the experience of encountering these critters may even go unnoticed by both you and your small breed dog.

Nevertheless, a proactive stance is recommended, as vigilance and preventative measures are vital.

Checking your dog for ticks

can be as simple as using your hands to feel for small bumps beneath the fur.

Focus on areas like ears, face, paws, and the groin region. If you notice any agitation or redness around a potential tick bite area, it's time to pay closer attention.

If you do discover a tick

a prudent step is to consult your veterinarian, especially if the bite area appears inflamed or your dog displays discomfort.

A tick twister tool is a valuable asset for tick removal.

Carefully slide the remover beneath the tick's body and turn it anti-clockwise to ensure complete extraction.

Once the tick is removed, it's best to dispose of it by placing it in a tissue and crushing it, followed by flushing the tissue down the toilet.


“Ticks are parasites that feed on animal and human blood. They can also transmit diseases such as Lyme disease. They are most active in warmer months and are commonly found in long grass, woodlands, and areas with lots of wildlife.” Dogs Trust


What are the common types of ticks that affect small breed dogs?

The common types of ticks that affect dogs include the paralysis tick, the bush tick, and the brown dog tick.

How can I identify a tick on my small breed dog?

Ticks are small, oval, and flat. As left unfed, they typically resemble sesame seeds.

Still, as they become engorged with blood, they can resemble coffee beans in size.

You can identify a tick on your dog by checking for unusual small bumps, particularly around their ears, head, neck, groin, armpits, and feet.

How do small breed dogs get ticks?

Ticks latch onto dogs when they come into contact with them, often when dogs pass through grassy areas where ticks are present.

Ticks do not jump or fly, but they can crawl onto your dog’s fur.

What are the steps to safely remove a tick from my small breed dog?

Use a tick remover and gently press it beneath the tick to remove it securely. Once you get a good hold on the tick, spin it clockwise several times until it comes loose.

How can I prevent my small breed dog from getting ticks?

Preventing ticks involves regular checks, especially after walks in long grass, using a regular parasite treatment that covers for ticks, and possibly using a tick-repellent collar during the summer months.

What are the risks if a tick is not removed from my small breed dog?

If a tick is not removed, it can transmit Lyme disease. Ticks can also cause discomfort and irritation to your dog.

How often should I check my small breed dog for ticks?

It’s recommended to check your dog for ticks regularly, especially after walks in long grass. The frequency of checks may increase during the warmer months when ticks are more active.

Disclaimer: This article is intended for educational and informational purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for veterinary advice. For specific veterinary dog health advice, contact a veterinary pet healthcare provider

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By knowing how to navigate tick encounters, you can continue to provide 5-star care to your cherished small breed dogs.

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Kate Phillips, Chief Editor

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Kate is the UK's very own Mary Puppins, a professional Dog Nanny and expert in small breed dogs. With over 30 years' experience and successfully helping high profile celebrity pet parents raise their furry families, Kate shares her top tips with you. Kate guides readers on small breed dogs, dog health, dog training, dog nutrition, dog food, dog walks, dog accessories, dog enrichment, rescue dogs, dog behaviour, dog grooming and the best products for dog mums and dog dads to create the ultimate luxury lifestyle for their small dogs.



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