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How to Remove a Tick from dogs : Dogs Skin Care and Grooming Articles; Removing a tick from your cat or dog is easy if you just follow these simple steps. To remove an attached tick, use a pair of fine-tipped tweezers or special tick removal instruments. These special devices allow one to remove the tick without squeezing the tick body. This is important ... How to Remove a Tick from dogs


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How to Remove a Tick from dogs

How to Remove a Tick from dogs

Removing a tick from your cat or dog is easy if you just follow these simple steps.
To remove an attached tick, use a pair of fine-tipped tweezers or special tick removal instruments. These special devices allow one to remove the tick without squeezing the tick body. This is important as you do not want to crush the tick and force harmful bacteria to leave the tick and enter your pet's bloodstream.

Step-by-Step Tick Removal Instructions

Step 1: Prepare ticks Final Resting Place
Throwing a tick in the trash or flushing it down the toilet will not kill it, and itís actually best to hold on to it for awhile for veterinary testing in case your pet falls ill from the bite. Be ready with somewhere to put the tick after youíve removed itóthe best option is a screw-top jar containing some rubbing alcohol.

Step 2: Donít Bare-Hand It
Put on latex or rubber gloves so youíll never have direct contact with the tick or your petís bite area. Ticks can carry infective agents that may enter your bloodstream through breaks in your skin or through mucous membranes (if you touch your eyes, nostrils or mouth).

Step 3: Grab a Partner
You donít want your pet squirming away before youíre finished, so if possible, have a helper on hand to distract, soothe or hold her still.

Step 4: The Removal
Treat the bite area with rubbing alcohol and, using a pair of tweezers, grasp the tick as close to the animalís skin as possible. Pull straight upwards with steady, even pressure. Place the tick in your jar.
Do not twist or jerk the tick! This may leave the mouth-parts embedded in your pet, or cause the tick to regurgitate infective fluids.
Do not squeeze or crush the body of the tick, because its fluids (saliva and gut contents) may contain infective organisms.

Step 5: All that Remains
Sometimes, in spite of doing everything right, a tickís mouth-parts will get left behind in your petís skin. If the area doesn't appear red or inflamed, the best thing to do is to disinfect it and not to try to take the mouth-parts out. A warm compress to the area might help the body expel them, but do not go at it with tweezers.

Step 6: Clean Up
Thoroughly disinfect the bite site and wash your hands with soap and water (even though you were wearing gloves). Sterilize your tweezers with alcohol or by carefully running them over a flame.

Step 7: Keep Watch
Over the next few weeks, closely monitor the bite area for any signs of localized infection. If the area is already red and inflamed, or becomes so later, please bring your petóand your jarred tickóto your veterinarian for evaluation.


How to Remove a Tick from dogsPlease do not use your fingers to remove or dispose of the tick. We do not want you in contact with a potentially disease-carrying tick. Do NOT squash the tick with your fingers. The contents of the tick can transmit disease. You can also try Rid-A-Tick, an adhesive patch that you cover the embedded tick with so it will back out of your pet's skin.
Once an embedded tick is manually removed, it is not uncommon for a welt and skin reaction to occur. A little hydrocortisone spray will help alleviate the irritation, but it may take a week or more for healing to take place. In some cases, the tick bite may permanently scar leaving a hairless area. This skin irritation is due to a reaction to tick saliva. Do not be worried about the tick head staying in; it rarely happens.

How to Remove a Tick from dogs