When you're removing a tick, you need to prioritize removing it in one piece. If you are careless, the mouth of the tick might stay in your dog's skin causing discomfort.

We suggest using a pair of tweezers to grasp the tick. When first grasping the tick bring the tweezers as close to your dog's skin as possible. When you are ready to extract the parasite apply slow and even upward pressure.  

Once you have removed the tick, you need to make sure it won't latch back onto your dog or latch onto you. We recommend you prep a container of alcohol or soapy water before extracting the tick so that you can submerge the parasite once you have pulled it off. The tick will drown and you won't have to worry about it coming back for seconds. 

6 comments

  • was a good tip for removing ticks
    thanks

    julie cramer on

  • I live in Tick Central in rural NJ. With six-eight deer sleeping on the front lawn, you can’t avoid deer (or any other) ticks. One of the best tools to keep on hand for tick removal is a Tick Key. Most pet stores carry them and they remove the whole tick. Ticks in this area have also been found to carry Rocky Mtn Spotted Fever, which can affect dogs s well as their owners.
    NexGard kills the ticks as soon as they bite so that they don’t get a chance to latch on. Our vet used it on his own three dogs before he recommended it for his patients, which is the only reason why I give it to our dog. Be wary of the flea & tick collars from China, they carry a pesticide that you do not want near your family or your pet.

    Joan on

  • I usually burn the tick or flush it down the toilet. Another option is to wrap it in clear shipping tape and dispose. They do not die easily and are hard to drown.

    Sharon on

  • Totally agree with Holly. Use q-tip and apply some alcohol to the tick. Very good suggestion Holly.

    John on

  • A couple of things –

    There is a Lyme vaccine for dogs (and not humans?!). If you are in deer tick country, it’s something to consider. $$$ but possibly worth it.

    There are numerous monthly oral medications for controlling fleas and ticks. They’ll prevent a tick from latching for long, and they fall off, dying.

    There are tweezers specifically designed for removing ticks from pets. Good to have on hand.

    Michael Sierchio on

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