How To Remove A Tick From A Dog

How To Remove A Tick From A Dog

Ticks are most active in warm and humid weather and are commonly found in tall grass and wooded areas. So there is a good chance from summer to fall, your dog will get a tick.

Removing a tick from a dog should be done carefully to avoid leaving the tick's mouthparts  in the dogs skin. 

  1. Use a pair of fine-tipped tweezers or a tick removal tool which are designed to grasp the tick close to the skin's surface. These tools are easily found online.

  2. It's a good idea to wear gloves to protect yourself from potential diseases that ticks may carry.

  3. Removing a tick can be uncomfortable for the dog, so try to keep them relaxed.

  4. Use the tweezers or tick removal tool to grasp the tick as close to the skin's surface as possible. Do not twist or jerk the tick; instead, pull it upward with steady, even pressure. This helps ensure that you remove the entire tick, including its mouthparts. Avoid crushing the tick's body as it may release harmful substances.

  5. Place the tick in a container with rubbing alcohol to kill it. Flushing it down the toilet is not recommended, as ticks can survive in water.

  6. Clean the bite area and your hands with rubbing alcohol, an iodine scrub, or soap and water.

  7. Keep an eye on your dog for the next few days. If you notice any signs of infection, redness, swelling, or illness, contact your veterinarian.

  8. Talk to your veterinarian about tick prevention options for your dog, such as tick repellent treatments or tick collars. If you're uncomfortable removing a tick yourself, or if the tick has been on your dog for an extended period, it's best to seek help from a veterinarian. They can safely remove the tick and address any potential health concerns.