How to Remove a Tick from a Dog?
Ticks are a health hazard for not only your dogs but also you and your family. These little insects can infect your dog with a disease such as Ehrlichiosis, Anaplasmosis, Lyme Disease, RMSF, and Babesiosis.
Therefore it is essential to keep checking your dog for ticks and removing it as soon as possible (preferably within 24 to 35 hours). This brings us to an important question “How to remove a tick from a dog?” Read on for remedies to get rid of ticks on dogs.
What not to Do While Removing a Tick:
Do not remove a tick with bare hands. You could end up catching a disease from the tick.
Avoid using a burning match or Vaseline to remove a tick.
Do not squeeze or squish the body of tick while removing it. This might cause the tick to vomit all those harmful bacteria you are trying to protect your dog from.
Best strategies on How to Remove a Tick from a Dog
Now that we have gone through all the essential precautionary measures, let us start with the actual process of tick removal.
Step-1: Check the Dog for Ticks:
You can use a hairdryer on cool air setting to part the hair and check for ticks. Besides this you can also use two combs to partition hair on your pup or wear gloves and use fingers to check for ticks. You are likely to feel a bump where there is a tick.
Ticks can commonly be found around your dog’s groin, between the paws, inside ears, around the eyes, and under armpits.
Step-2: Use a Tool Like Tweezer or Tick Remover:
As mentioned above, always use gloves to prevent the disease from being transmitted to you. Hold the tick with a tweezer as close to the pets’ skin as possible, be careful not to pinch the poor pup’s skin.
Gently and steadily pull it out
If you are using a tick remover, then place the tick remover against the tick on dogs’ skin and press it gently sliding and pulling the tick away from the skin.
Don’t be hasty! Jerking or twisting might result in some part of the tick being left behind.
Once a tick has been removed, examine the area to make sure it is clear, and no part is left behind.
Step 3- Get Rid of the Tick:
Do not throw the tick away into a waste bin, it will crawl out and back towards the pet.
Place the tick in a solution of rubbing alcohol to kill it. It is recommended that you keep the dead tick in alcohol solution safe for a few days (for identification), just in case your dog shows any sign of being infected.
Different ticks carry different diseases, having the one that bit your dog will make the treatment easy.
Step 4- Disinfect the Skin:
To disinfect the skin with a tick bite, you can either use antibiotic wipes or spray.
Keep checking for any signs of infection such as redness and swelling. Consult your vet right away in case of infection.
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