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How To Remove A Tick From A Dog - Step By Step Instructions

By Edited Feb 19, 2016 0 0

Ticks are nasty, little parasites that are often found infesting on Dogs or animals alike. It is certainly not rare or a dog, cat or any type of fury friend to have ticks at least once in their life. People generally have different ideas on what is the actual best way to remove a tick from a pet, and this is mainly because there are various safe ways of doing it.

If you don’t face this problem head on at a very early stage you can end up with ticks all over you or your pet as they decide to settle on the skin and make this their home. In this article we are going to look at a correct way of how to remove a tick from a dog.

 First, some tips about ticks and your environment:

  1. Check your pet very often if not daily for signs of ticks or fleas. It is said that spring is the most common time for ticks, so take care particularly during this season and time of year.

  2. When you visit the vet ask them for any information on how to keep ticks out of the environment. There are a number of sprays, powders and collars that are marketed as the perfect solution for ticks on animals, and this makes it hard to find the right one. Ask a vet for their recommendations and they should point you in the right direction.

  3. Don’t use any methods that could aggravate the tick. This includes simple solutions such as the “burn it off” approach. If the tick becomes aggravated it is more likely to inject more harmful pathogens into the skin.

How to remove a tick from a dog:

 For this method you will only require 4 objects; A pair of Latex gloves (Any will do), A pair of tweezers, Soapy water (or a cleansing solution that is considered suitable) and a storage device to save the tick after removal.

Method:

  1. Put on the Latex Gloves, it is essential you keep these on at all times throughout the removal.

  2. Examine the skin of your dog. To do this you should take great care and inspect every inch of the dog’s skin. This should be done on a daily or very frequent basis and you should take care in the areas where ticks are more common; such as the belly, eyes, ears, legs and face. Ticks come in a wide variety of sizes some being almost impossible to see and others up to fingernail size.

  3. Locate a tick and get hold of your tweezers. You should remove the tick by its head however this is not always possible if the tick is too small. Use the tweezers to get hold of the tick. Slowly and steadily pull the tick out of the skin using a slight twisting or circular motion whilst you pull. Try not to squeeze the tick too hard at any time, as whilst attached this will make it release more potentially harmful pathogens into the dog.

  4. If you are happy the tick has been removed, use the cleansing solution to thoroughly clean the skin. If you think that there is a tiny part of the tick left it is safe to leave it for the body to eject naturally.

  5. Store the tick in a jar or something similar. This is in case you get an infection following the removal or have any other problems related to the tick. The identification of the tick will allow doctors to act for provocatively when looking for a solution to your illness.Ticks are known to spread Lyme disease which can cause serious heath problems.

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