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How To Remove A Tick From A Dog

Getting A Tick Off Your Dog

Today you’re going to learn how to take a tick off of your dog. With a recent increase in the tick population, there’s also an increased danger of tick-borne illnesses for your fur babies. It’s really important that if you find a tick on your dog, you should know how to properly remove it. There are all kinds of misconceptions out there about how to remove them so you need to know the right steps. So instructor Shannon recently found a tick on her Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever named Ned and rather than quickly removing it she grabbed her camera and wanted to turn it into a learning opportunity.

So if you are really creeped out  or grossed out by little tiny creepy crawly bugs then maybe this isn’t the kind of blog that you want to read. But today, we’re going to properly remove ticks off of your dog as well as some important aftercare procedures that you need to keep in mind.

We’re having a little head pat despite all of our tick checks on my dog. We came across a tick a couple of days after an outing. So it’s still alive. I can see its legs slightly engorged. It’s probably been on there for 12 to 24 hours or so. To do this process of removing ticks, we need to use a tool. It’s basically just a tweezer that’s going to help make the process of removing the bugs a lot faster and easier. So what you need to do is to get as close to the skin as possible with this critter. Without twisting just put steady pressure. Remember not to pull really hard as well.

Keep in mind that we don’t like the methods that use dish soap and peroxide on cotton swabs among other things because they actually cause the tick to regurgitate toxins back into the host. That’s why they let go is because they have to vomit. So we definitely do not recommend that method. All you need to use is just steady pressure and weight. You don’t want to put too much pressure on the abdomen of the tick because then of course, it is likely to rupture and those toxins will go back into the dog’s fur and skin. That’s something we don’t want to happen.

I’m sure vets can probably get these out much quicker, but you can get the hang of it after some time. Just be careful not to accidentally detach the head of the tick. It’s generally not recommended to twist the tick as well. After you remove the tick, be sure to check if the head is still intact and that it’s not been left on the dog. You also want to see if the tick is still alive and moving. Once that’s done, you can proceed to the aftercare procedure wherein you’re going to use a cotton pad with some hydrogen peroxide to clean up the area so that there won’t be any toxins left on the dog’s skin. This will also help any infection from happening afterwards. You can check on the site after a week or so and then once a week every couple of weeks to make sure that it’s okay.

After you remove the tick, you can expect a tiny bump on the skin and that’s okay. There can be some Extra dangers if the head remains in your dog, it’s not like that is going to necessarily cause some horrid issues but if they do happen, be sure to check with your vet right away. If you see the site being red or really raw or starting to get bigger or anything of that nature, of course pay attention. You may need to go into your vet and have them lance and take that out or do something ridiculous to help you out, but you don’t have to worry that much because it’s not a death sentence.

The whole process is not as terrifying as you initially think it might be as long as you’re doing the right steps.


Audrey R. Allen