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Ouch! How to Check Your Dog for Ticks and Thorns

Warmer weather is upon us, and now that your furry friend is going to be spending more time outdoors, it’s time to brush up on your tick and thorn-checking skills.


According to the RSPCA, ticks will bite and feed on your dog or cat for a few days and drop off once they've had enough. During this time, it's possible the tick could give your pet (and you!) a serious bacterial infection called Lyme disease.

Here's the best way to check for ticks after an outdoor adventure.

Run your fingers through your dog's hair with gentle pressure, especially in these areas:

  1. In and around the ears 
  2. Around the eyelids
  3. Under the collar 
  4. Under the front legs 
  5. Between the back legs 
  6. Between the toes 
  7. Around the tail


Thorns, especially foxtails, can work their way into any part of your dog or cat. They will embed and never break down, which can lead to a serious infection or death. They can even travel to their brain or lungs!

The best way to prevent thorns and foxtails in your best friend is to keep them away from dry, overgrown, grassy, or wooded areas.

Check every inch of your dog, especially after a hike or being in an open field. Pay special attention to looking for pointy foxtail awns around your dog’s ears, face, and paws. Make sure to check between their toes, too—thorns love to hide there!

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Posted by Richard on July 6, 2020