How to Remove Ticks from Dogs
Safely & Painlessly
If you own a dog, you already know the importance of a periodic treatment to prevent ticks and other pests from latching onto your pooch. No matter your diligence, there is still a risk of exposure, especially if your dog likes to spend time outside in wooded areas. Here’s how to handle the situation if you do find a tick.
How To Remove Ticks from Dogs
You’ll need tweezers and a cleaning solution, like rubbing alcohol or soap and water.
- Part your dog’s hair with your fingers to fully expose the tick
- Place the tweezers around the tick, getting as close to the base as possible
- Gently pull upward without twisting or jerking the tick, which could break the tick in two, leaving the head lodged in
- Clean the bite area with rubbing alcohol or a soap and water mixture
- Dispose of the tick by flushing it down the toilet or drowning it in alcohol.
- Stay on the lookout for signs of Lymes disease.
As always, please contact your vet with any medical concerns you have for your pet.
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