I was out with my dog the other day and I just happened to run my hand over his head and felt a lump. Sure enough on closer examination I discovered it was a tick! They really are vile little critters and it was despatched of as soon as I could safely do so. The following article is a great resource should you require any tips on how to remove a tick from your dog.
Ticks pose a serious threat to both dogs and their human companions. Canines are at risk of contracting tickborne diseases like Lyme disease, Hemobartonellosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, babesiosis, and others. Like the old scout motto says … be prepared!
Bark: How do you remove a tick?
Kornreich: To remove a tick, use a fine-tipped tweezer, hold it near the animal’s skin, grasp the tick and pull upwards without twisting. You should never directly handle or crush a tick with your hands. To dispose of ticks after removal, place them in a sealed bag, flush them down the toilet, wrap them tightly in tape, or immerse them in alcohol. Washing your hands well after removing a tick is a good idea.
Bark: What about those remedies we learned at camp?
Don’t believe the old tales about using burned matches, nail polish, or Vaseline to kill ticks embedded in the skin. Removal is a much better idea, and do it as soon as possible because there’s evidence that suggests the longer you wait the more likely it is your pet will contract a tickborne illness.
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Vile things as I say! A great tip that I discovered years ago is to swab the tick with surgical spirits before you actually attempt removal. This kills the tick and you will find it will come away a lot easier and you lessen the chance of leaving its head behind. Now take a look at this video, it is another great tutorial on how to remove a tick. The video is relevant to humans or animals!
That is a no nonsense video which gives great advice on where to position your tweezers for best results. If you are unsure of your ability I would always advise that you nip along to your local vet where the nurses are so well trained they will be able to remove a tick from your dog (or cat) easily.