How To Safely Remove A Tick From Your Dog
Ticks can transmit deadly diseases to your dog within 24 hours of a bite, so fast removal is key!
We recommend you:
– Wear gloves.
– Use a proper tick remover (ones we recommend are listed below – if you don’t already have one we recommend always having one ready!).
Due to the infectious agents that ticks carry, we recommend that you wear gloves to provide a barrier to your skin. It is important to keep your dog calm throughout the whole process, if you have someone to help hold the dog we recommend you take full advantage of that! Prodding and poking your dog in strange places will make them nervous and uncomfortable.
Part your dogs hair around the tick using your fingers. Use a tick remover tool (quick, easy and painless), simply hook the tick and pull straight out with steady pressure. Be sure to not jerk or twist the tick upon removal because you do not want to risk leaving any behind. Also make sure you don’t crush the tick since its fluid is contagious.
When the tick has been removed it is vital you check that the entire tick was removed, especially the head and mouth parts. This is why we highly recommend using a proper tick remover. If any part of the tick is still remaining on the dog, be sure to seek veterinary attention.
We recommend that after removing the tick, use an antiseptic spray or wipe around the bite area. If the area becomes red or inflamed, be sure to seek veterinary attention. You can kill the tick by putting it in alcohol (don’t just bin it, they can find their way out!) – if you are worried your dog may have become infected from the bite, keep the tick in alcohol for testing.
We recommend checking your dog daily if they are exercised often. Be sure to check thoroughly, especially like groin, between toes, in or around the ears, around the anal area, tail and eyelids.
TIP: If you have a long-haired or double-coated dog, use a dog hair dryer (or your own dryer on a very cool setting) to check for ticks. As you move the dryer over your dog, the hairs will part and you’ll be able to see the skin and catch sight of any ticks lurking there.
The same technique can be used on a wide range of pets: dogs, cats, rabbits etc.