How to Remove a Tick from a Dog

A Tick-free Pet Is a Healthy Pet

Pet owners and veterinarians all over the world are battling ticks, but the war with these tiny parasites still continues. Ticks are the primary and the most important concern in the transmission of serious diseases.

These irritating arthropods prey on warm objects to feed on blood. Dogs are common targets for ticks when they pass by: these insects can easily attach to them by clinging to the dog’s fur or fall from trees onto the animals.

Thus, after having chosen the object, ticks migrate to areas with little hair and no difficulty in feeding. Their usual places are the dog’s ears and skin around them, sometimes lips. So ticks insert their pincher-like mouthparts into the skin and start feeding on blood. Ticks’ mouthparts are locked in one place until they have completed the meal. Only then parasites will fall from the dog and seek for a shelter. When their eggs are laid out, an adult tick female dies. That is just it.

The Best Selection of Tick Removal Methods

Many methods have been tried to remove ticks from dogs, though some of them are not recommended at all. For example, applying either a lit match or a fingernail polish won’t cause the tick to fall off.

The best recommendation how to remove a tick from a dog is to use tweezers or commercial tick removal device to pull the tick off. The tick mustn’t be touched as diseases can be transmitted: usually a tissue, paper towel and wearing glasses are used to protect fingers when removing a tick.

So, grab the tick most closely to the head with tweezers or a tick removal device. Pull the tick straight up and out of the skin (do not twist the tick), pressing steadily and gently. Frequently, skin pieces come off together with the tick.

Don’t leave the head of the tick alone in the skin, try to remove it. But if you are still unable to do this, don’t worry: the dog’s immune system is able to create a site of infection or even a small abscess for the tick’s head dislodging. Wash your hands thoroughly and immediately.

Usually no more additional therapy is needed, but if you are too concerned about your dog, contact your family or general veterinarian. There are all necessary surgical instruments for removing the remaining part of the tick.

Ticks commonly thrive in woody, brushy and grassy areas and carry serious diseases such as Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. That is why it’s really essential to keep them off your dog.

Remove a Tick from a Dog

Here is a piece of advice to ensure your pet is tick free.

Things you may need:

  • hand soap;
  • tick dog shampoo;
  • antiseptic;
  • latex gloves;
  • dog medication;
  • cotton swabs;
  • eyebrow tweezers;
  • dog brush and flea&tick comb;
  • matches or a lighter.


How to Remove a Tick from a Dog Photos

  1. If your dog spends much time outdoors, or if you live in the areas where ticks are a usual matter, then check your pet for ticks daily.
  2. Wear latex gloves to avoid any direct contact with the tick and contaminated skin, because ticks can transmit diseases from pet to human.
  3. Feel your dog all over, particularly around the neck/head/ears. Having encountered a pea-like lump means you should start searching for a tick by moving fur on your pet.
  4. Observe if a tick is protruding from the skin.
  5. Put the dog comfortably and ask someone for help.
  6. Grasp the tick with tweezers most closely to your pet’s skin.
  7. Pull the tick out with a steady pulling motion, but be careful and gentle; a left tick head can lead to inflammation or secondary infection.
  8. Throw the tick into fire or flush it down the toilet. Never smash it with your bare hands or feet.
  9. Apply special antiseptic ointment to the bite.
  10. Remove gloves and wash your hands thoroughly.
  11. Clean the tweezers with isopropyl alcohol/hot water/hold over flame.

Last Warnings

Tick photos

  • Use a flea and tick shampoo.
  • Obtain a tick collar from your veterinarian.
  • Contact your veterinarian if there are any suspicions of your pet’s infecting with Lyme disease (rash while parting the hair, recurring joint pain and limping).
  • Enjoy your healthy dog.

And lastly, ticks are common parasites found anywhere. Thousands of dogs become infected each year with serious transmitted diseases due to numerous tick species. But all the risks they pose to your dog can be minimized with common preventive measures, such as tick collars, topical medications, annual checkups, etc. Many dog owners may even not know their dog is suffering from a tick disease until it is too late.

Fortunately, keeping your dog safe is up to you. Because knowing more about the risks can help to keep your best friend healthy, happy and, of course, tick-free.

tick on the dog

How to Remove a Tick from a Dog
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