Frequent How do I remove a tick from my dog? Simple and Effective Tips

How To Get A Tick Off A Dog

The best way to remove a tick from a dog is to use needle-nose tweezers or a tick removal tool like the Tick Twister. Here are the steps to remove a tick safely from your dog.

Tip: Most household tweezers have wide, blunt tips that could end up squeezing or tearing the tick and risk spreading infectious substances into the bite wound. So make sure to use fine-point tweezers.

  • Spread your dog’s fur away from the tick
  • Grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible, being careful not to squeeze the tick so hard that you break off the barbed mouth of the tick
  • With firm pressure, gently pull straight upward in a slow, steady motion
  • Place the tick in isopropyl alcohol to kill it
  • Wash your hands thoroughly
  • Clean the bite site with isopropyl alcohol
  • Clean your tweezers or tool with alcohol
  • Make a note of the bite date and the appearance of the tick (in case your dog develops any disease symptoms, this can be helpful for your veterinarian)
  • Watch for Tick Disease Symptoms

    Monitor your dog for any changes in behavior over the weeks or months following tick removal, and visit your vet if any unusual symptoms arise, such as lethargy or lack of energy, difficulty using one or more legs (lameness), or rapid breathing.

    How To Check Your Dog For Ticks

    Check your pup for ticks every day, especially after spending time outdoors. Ticks are hardy and can live in cold temperatures, so it’s vital to check year-round. Ticks prefer to attach themselves to areas around a dog’s head, neck, ears, paws, armpits, and groin area, but you can find them anywhere on a dog’s body.

    Run your fingers through your dog’s fur with gentle pressure to feel for any small bumps, paying particular attention to the areas we mentioned above. Also, make sure you check inside your dog’s ears, on eyelids, under the collar, and between claws.

    Here are some of the questions our readers ask most often about ticks on dogs.

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