How Do You Safely Remove A Tick From Your Dog?

Did you know that within 24 hours of a bite from a tick, deadly disease can be transmitted to your pet?  So removing that pesky tick quickly and efficiently is essential!  Here’s how:

Gather everything you’ll need

Before you start to remove the tick, make sure you have everything you need handy.  Here’s what you’ll need:
-latex or rubber gloves
-rubbing alcohol and cotton balls
-fine point tweezers or tick removal tool
-something that seals to put the tick in
-if possible, a friend or family member to help keep your dog calm

Put your gloves on

Because ticks carry infectious agents, it’s important to keep yourself safe too.  So put on your gloves.

How Do You Safely Remove A Tick From Your Dog?

Get your dog ready

If you have help, get that person to sit with your dog and keep them calm.  Separate the hair around the tick as best you can to expose it as much as possible.How Do You Safely Remove A Tick From Your Dog?

Remove the tick

Never try to remove a tick with your fingers!  Use your tweezers or tick removal tool.  And get as close to your dog’s skin as possible without pinching them.  Once you have a good grip, pull the tick straight out.  Be very slow and gentle.  It has to be done in a smooth, steady motion.  You need to make sure you get the whole tick in one movement so don’t jerk or tug suddenly.  You also need to make sure you don’t accidentally squish the tick since they can contain infectious fluids.  If you’re using a tick removal tool device, follow the directions carefully.

How Do You Safely Remove A Tick From Your Dog?

Examine and kill the tick

Don’t dispose of the tick!  Have a good look at it.  Did you get the whole thing?  If not, you need to get your dog to the vet.  Make sure you contain and kill the tick but keep it for a few week.  That way if your dog displays any signs or symptoms, your Vet will need to examine the tick.

Clean your dog’s bite spot

Get the rubbing alcohol and clean the bite spot on your dog.  When you’re done, wash your hands thoroughly.How Do You Safely Remove A Tick From Your Dog?

Keep an eye on your dog

To err on the side of caution, watch your dog closely over the next few weeks for any signs of lyme disease.  Any ‘out of the norm‘ behavior from your dog such as fatigue, loss of appetite, lameness or stiffness, swelling in their joints or fever could be cause for concern.  So if any of these symptoms arise contact your Veterinarian immediately.

Be extra diligent during tick season

Remember to always check your dog thoroughly during tick season.  Especially if they’ve been in long grass, dog park or forest type settings.How Do You Safely Remove A Tick From Your Dog?

More information on safe tick removal

Click here to watch a short video on tick removal.
Click here for more information on lyme disease.
Click here for Ebay’s list of tick removal tools.
Click here to learn how to prepare your puppy for grooming (crucial for checking for ticks).

{QUESTION} Have you ever found a tick on your dog?  What did you do about it?  How did your dog handle it?  Did you have to go to the vet or did you remove it yourself?  Any tips for our readers would be much appreciated!

Written by Brenda McBurnie, Certified Dog Trainer and Natural Nutrition

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