How to check for ticks
Many ticks are as small as a pinhead, so they’re difficult to see. Don’t assume they’re not present if they’re not visible. Be sure to check your furry-family members for tick after they have spent time outside. Ticks prefer to attach close to the animal’s head, neck, or belly.
- Start with the head, make sure you check the whisker area, alongside and under the snout.
- Then, check in and around the ears before examining your pet’s belly, back, and paws, including between the toes and tail.
- Be sure to be gentle when combing his hair. If you come across a snag, it might be a tick. You don't want to pull the tick out with the comb and leave pieces behind.
If you find a tick you will want to remove it as soon as possible. Read How to Get Rid of Ticks to learn how to properly remove a tick.