When I first had Newfoundlands I always wondered how people found ticks on them. With their double-coat, it seemed like it would be like finding a needle in a haystack.
I couldn’t have been more wrong. Finding a tick on a Newfie isn’t hard at all, especially when you have your hands on your dog several times a day and pay attention to them.
They definitely can go unseen for a bit but most people will eventually find them, even more so if they know what areas to pay special attention to.
What does a tick feel like on a Newf?
What a tick feels like on a Newf will depend on the size of the tick but most will feel like a small bump.
The more engorged that a tick is, the bigger the bump will feel. Ticks can range in size from a poppy seed to a dime depending on how long that they’ve been feeding.
A tick should not be confused with a dog’s nipple but it can definitely feel similar.
How Do You Know It’s a Tick?
The best way to know if a tick is attached to your dog is to look closely at the body and see if you see little legs.
If the tick is attached, you won’t see the head and the body will vary in color the longer that it is attached.
Normal color is usually brown, black or red and the longer it has been feeding it will turn to grey.
How to Check Your Newfoundland For Ticks
Best practices are to check your dog immediately when you come home from a walk. There are several ways you can do this such using a lint roller or packing tape and running it all over the dog’s body. This could pick up any ticks that were recently picked up since they may not have found a spot to attach yet.
You can also use a comb to go through your dog’s hair.
Common areas to check for ticks on your Newfoundland
While ticks can attach anywhere these are usually the most common area that Newfoundland owners find ticks.
On the muzzle
Since many Newfie have their face to the ground or casually brushing up against tall weeds and grass where ticks like to linger waiting for a ride, their head can be an easy target.
Newfies don’t have a lot of thick hair on their muzzle making it easy for ticks to dig right in and attach
Over the year I’ve found 2 ticks on Sherman’s muzzle. They weren’t easy to see and the only reason I noticed it was when I went down to give him a kiss goodnight.
In the groin area
The inside of your Newfoundland’s groin area is the perfect spot for ticks to hide.
This area does not have a lot of hair making it easy for the tick to attach and it’s a source of warmth.
Under the armpits
The armpits on a Newf usually have thin hair and it’s a perfect dark and warm spot for a tick to attach and feed. There’s a lot of crevices in that area and the skin stretches a lot when the dog moves making one of the best spots for a tick to be.
On the side
The size of a Newf makes their side area a prime spot for ticks. A Newf walks through tall grass and the tick grabs right on. If there’s a thin area of hair close by, maybe by the front leg or right in the area where the ribs start, the tick can easily take up residency.
I always do the heart check in that area. When the dog is laying down I’ll gently bend their elbow back to their chest, right where the heart is and check that entire area.
On the chest
The chest is another area that ticks like to hide in. While this area usually has a bit more hair for the tick to work through, it’s warm and has a lot of moisture.
It’s said that ticks like to crawl up so if they grab onto a Newf’s front leg, they’ll crawl up and find a nice warm spot in the chest
On or in the ear the ears. The heavy ears if a Newfie make it a perfect place for ticks to hide.
Ears are dark and warm and have a lot of places, like in between the folds, for the tick to hide and there is not a lot of dog fur to get through.
Other places to check for ticks on your Newfoundland that might not be as common are between the toes, under the eyes, under the tail, and under the collar. These are often prime spots on smaller breeds of dogs but not as common in the Newfoundland.
What to do if you find a tick on your Newfoundland
If you’re concerned about your dog becoming sick from the tick, mark the area where the tick was removed and watch for any signs of redness, swelling or infection.
Remember, the quicker that you find and remove the tick, the less chance the tick has of transmitting a potentially dangerous disease such as Lyme Disease.