To prevent ticks, do a thorough search of your pet's skin and coat daily, even if tick control products have been applied. This gives you the best chance of finding a tick before serious tick toxicity occurs.
Here’s how (you can also watch our video showing how to search for ticks on dogs and cats):
Use your fingertips to systematically feel through the coat. Ticks or tick craters can be felt as lumps on the skin surface.
Start at the nose and examine the face, ears, lips and eyes, as most ticks are found forward of the front legs. Pay attention to skin folds around the lips and ears.
Search around the eyes and on top of the forehead before checking the neck. Remove the collar and search through skin folds in the neck.
Continue down the shoulders to the forelegs, and also check between the toes and under the armpits. Examine the chest, back, belly, around the tail and anus, and the back legs.
If you find a tick, remove it and keep searching – some pets can be infested with many ticks at once.