How to Rid of Ticks on Dogs’ Ears

How to Rid of Ticks on Dogs' Ears

My dog has ticks in his ears” – it is a common situation for dog owners. Ticks on dogs can cause various illness, from bacterial and viral infections to a neurological condition. There are numerous types of ticks which can attach to your dog’s body when he chooses walks in the park or when he plays in bushes and high yard. The ticks can connect to numerous parts of the body and feed on the dog’s blood. Often, they enter the dog’s ears causing otitis. There is a particular types of ticks, the spinous ear tick, which gets into dog’s ears triggering a series of issues in the area.

Removing Ticks From Dogs Ears

It’s hard to watch without worry when you find ticks in ears in your four-legged pet. Let’s figure out how to save from this trouble your dog.

Dog Spinous Ear Tick

The spinous ear tick (otobius megnini) is a species of ticks which enters the external auditory canal in dogs triggering severe otitis. This condition will manifest through violent shaking of the head, scratching, pain and even neurological symptoms such as convulsions.

The tick, is only parasitic when it reaches the larval and nymph stage. The nymph stage has 4 pairs of yellow legs and is blue-grayish in color. In the larvae stage, the tick has only got 3 pairs of legs.

The spinous ear tick is a soft shell tick and has a tough cover. Ear ticks can live in the ear canal up to seven months prior to they develop into adults. When they do not feed, they can stay concealed in the cervices inside the ear and they are tough to spot. Given that ticks usually cause severe medical conditions in dogs, it is very important to spot and eliminate the tick and treat whatever disease it triggered as quickly as possible.

How to Kill Ticks in Dog’s Ears

The treatment (mean killing) of ticks on the dog’s ears will include a number of actions:

  • Identifying the tick
  • Getting rid of the tick
  • Cleaning the area
  • Dealing with any diseases caused by the tick
  • Cleaning up the ears
  • Getting tick preventive services

The first step in treating ticks in dog’s ears is the recognition and the elimination of the tick. You should act fast if dog ear full of ticks. The ticks generally remain concealed in the ear’s crevices. They just go out when they need to feed. This is why in most cases they are tough to spot, so you may see the first symptoms appear before you spot the tick.

When removing the tick, ensure not to squeeze it, as it can launch more toxic substances into the dog’s blood stream.

Use special tweezers and grab the tick as close to the skin as possible. Generally tick bites cause small size inflammations of the skin which disappear in about a week after the bite. This reaction is a result of immediate local hyper-sensitivity.

Even if the tick bite in itself is not such a big problem, the diseases they cause are far more serious. In case of ear infections and external otitis caused by ticks found in the ear, your dog may require treatment based upon corticosteroids and antibiotics applied locally on the external auditory tract. You can also use some tick preventatives to control any more problem. To make sure you get the best treatment, consult your veterinarian.

Other method to kill and remove ticks

Take alcohol and put it on a small wash cloth or gauze if you have it, rub it on the tick. In some cases they will turn loose, if not, take the tweezers, and make. Sure you have enough light, it will not harm to have someone aid you by holding the dog, and shining an intense flashlight in the ear at the tick. Put your tweezers on the head and pull it directly, ensuring to get all the head, then rub more alcohol on the place where the tick connected itself to the dog. Keep a close check on the dog frequently to ensure it does not get more ticks, and/or fleas.

Also read: Antibiotic Therapy for Ear Infection in Dogs

References and used sources

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How to remove ticks from a dog: share your tips.

  1. Hughes Jr

    I used the following method and it works!
    1. It is necessary to put on the body of the tick alcohol, Cologne, gasoline, or vegetable oil. In a few minutes the tick, the dog will stop or let up.
    2. After this it is necessary carefully by using tweezers, grab the exterior part of his body near the skin of the animal, and making a rotational and simultaneous gradual pulling the tick upward to remove it. Try not to tear off his head, because staying in the skin, the head will cause inflammation.
    3. After removing the tick, treat the wound with an antiseptic.
    4. After removing the tick, the tick must be killed. Ticks do not sink in water, practically do not give in to drying. In no case do not press the tick, it can lead to the spread of the infection they carry.

  2. Clyde_Whiteside

    It’s probably the most disgusting parasite I’ve hated since I was a kid. When I was little, and now. Before, my grandfather pulled out ticks from a dog and then wiped it with kerosene. Yes, way to radical method, but worked almost all summer. The dog was a guard, kept in the yard, so I had to do so. Some special drops and funds were not (30-40 years ago), at least in the open market. But now, experiencing personal dislike for bloodsucking bastards (ticks)!!! Feel sorry for the cats and dogs that have been exposed to these creatures. So thank you for the article that will help pet owners cope with this scourge.

  3. Ed

    My favorite tick removal method is to soak a cotton ball in alcohol, then carefully but securely grab the tick with the cotton ball and use mild traction. I’ve discovered the alcohol makes the tick start to back out by itself, and as you carefully pull you can get it out fairly quickly. Simply don’t pull out half a tick, or you can end up with your dog developing an infection around the leftover tick bits.

  4. Silly Dolly

    Guys, I certainly like to look at dogs on YouTube or from the window, but to be tormented with parasites for several months a year then I stand back. For ticks even from the TV screen to watch disgusting how you can sit next to the dog where they live?

    1. Ed

      Dolly, do you really think that the fight against parasites should alienate people from caring for animals? You do not expel your child, if it, God forbid, settled tick?!

      The, that this your personal aversion (or fear of) ticks, I understand. But do not generalize and give your point of view as the only correct one. Ticks – there is on canine and their need to remove.

      The article clearly painted popular and effective methods of getting rid of the pet tick. Say thank you and go further.

  5. Jerard Gevaudan

    I recently noticed some signs of ticks in my dog. It was a horror for me to see those parasites feeding of my Oscar. I didn’t know how to get rid of those myself so I just consulted the veterinarian. Too bad I didn’t come across that article then 🙂

  6. JennyTheSaviour

    This article is very useful and informative, of course. But I think I’d never have the courage to remove ticks from my dog myself. I mean, what if I do it wrong and then I don’t remove the whole tick and my dog ends up getting infected because of it. I still think that it’s always better to leave it to the professionals…

  7. Waner

    Damn, those things look disgusting. At least now I know how to deal with those parasites myself. It does seem rather simple, i mean, removing ticks from ur dog, but I feel like it’s more tricky in reality. I hope I’ll never have to find out LOL

  8. Gerard Bisset

    My girlfriend’s dog Archie had ticks and when she told me about that I immediately suggested my help. We ended up getting all the ticks out of Archie’s ears with a simple touch of tweezers 🙂 luckily, no further problems haunted her pup

  9. Jörg19

    My aunt once told me about ticks in dog’s ear. She had seem some TV programme about such thing and, well, since I had a dog she thought that it would be useful for me to know about ticks. And, guess what, she was right! My dog ended up having a month later. I knew what I was dealing with so it didn’t cause many problems. Thanks, auntie Jenna xD

  10. Jason Edson

    Ticks can transfer deadly diseases to a pet within 24 hr of a bite, so swift removal is crucial. Before you begin the removal process, gather whatever you need to remove the tick from your pet first. It’s harder to try and handle a squirming animal while trying to find your tweezers or rubbing alcohol than it is having whatever you require within arm’s reach.

    You need

    Gloves, tweezers, latex/rubber gloves, rubbing alcohol, antibacterial wipes (optional), and a container or container with a lid.

    Step 1: Put on your gloves. Ticks bring infectious agents that can permeate into a human’s blood stream through breaks in the skin. It’s better to be safe and use protective equipment.

    Step 2: Steady your pet and keep him calm. When you’re getting ready to remove the tick, keep your pet calm. Any unusual poking or prodding makes pets anxious. If you have another individual readily available, have them hold your dog and keep him unwinded

    Step 3: Position your tweezers. Take the tweezers, and grab hold of the tick as close to your dog’s skin as possible. Beware not to pinch your dog’s skin.

    Step 4: Pull out the tick. Utilizing consistent pressure, pull the tick out utilizing a straight movement. Do not twist or jerk the tick because you want to prevent leaving the tick’s mouthparts behind. Also, make sure not to squeeze or squash the tick, considering that its fluids might consist of transmittable material. After removing the tick, examine it to make certain the head and mouth parts were removed. If not, take your pet to vet to eliminate what’s left in the pet’s skin.

    Step 5: Kill the tick. Eliminate the tick by positioning it in a container with rubbing alcohol. When the tick’s dead, the majority of vets suggest keeping it in the container with a lid in case your pet begins showing symptoms of disease.

    Step 6: Disinfect the bite site. Use antiseptic spray or wipes to disinfect the bite site and keep an eye on it for signs of infection. If the bite site remains red or becomes irritated, make a consultation with your vet.

    Step 7: Reward your pet. After you’ve removed the tick from your dog, applaud him for being good. Give him or her a reward and include some additional playtime as an unique benefit.

    Make certain to keep a close eye on your dog over the next few weeks and watch for any strange symptoms including a reluctance to move, fever, tiredness, anorexia nervosa and swollen lymph nodes. If your dog displays any of these symptoms, make a visit with your vet instantly.

  11. Prime_master

    What is the best way to remove ticks from a dog without using tweezers?

    1. Wanda

      Prime_master, if you have access to liquid soap, take a cotton ball/swab, cloth or kleenex, place a dab of liquid soap directly on the tick and cover with the cloth/swab. Wait for a minute and apparently the tick is expected to remove it’s head from the skin in reaction to the soap. I haven’t really used this technique before however I envision it works.

      You can then securely remove it with the swab/cloth, kill it and dispose of it. You can eliminate it by crushing with a fingernail or burning it if you have a lighter on hand.

      The only other tools I would suggest using to eliminate a tick other than tweezers are 2 tools created specifically for it (see below). They are easily offered at any veterinarian office or pet supply store. The first one you can keep your keys if you so select, so that you always have it useful.

  12. Betty

    A park ranger told me ticks breath through their hind end and if they are alive, a coating of Vaseline or cooking oil will encourage them to withdraw from their bloodsucking so they can be caught intact and destroyed. If, however, the dog is medicated with flea and tick preventative, the tick should be dying soon after penetration and will have to be manually removed with tweezers (being certain to get the head out intact). In any case, after the tick is out, the area must be disinfected and treated with an antibiotic ointment.