How to Remove Dog Ticks

Here are 3 easy steps on how to remove dog ticks:

  1. Immobilize the tick by dabbing it with rubbing alcohol. This anesthetizes the tick, relaxing it, so it can be removed more easily.
  2. Grab the tick firmly with tweezers. Place the tweezers level with the skin, squeeze as close to the tick's head as possible, and gently pull it out.
  3. Dab the area with an antiseptic like Betadine Solution or an antibiotic ointment.

6 Tips on Treating & Preventing Dog Ticks

  1. Protect your dog's coat. Before walking through the woods, treat his coat with a spray, dip, or powder containing pyrethrins, insecticides made from chrysanthemums. Other products include D-limonene, linalool, or permethrin. Always read the label before applying.
  2. Avoid walking your dog in off trail areas. Ticks tend to live in long grasses and shrubs, so stick to paths and areas that have been cleared of brush.
  3. Use a flea comb. If you do spot ticks, first spray the area with a tick insecticide and then comb with fine-toothed flea comb, like this one. It will remove any ticks that remain on the surface of the coat.
  4. Dispose of ticks carefully. Make sure they are dead before you dispose of them. Otherwise, they may jump right back onto your dog. Flush it down the toilet or drop it into a jar of rubbing alcohol or insecticide. You may want to preserve it in alcohol if you need to bring it to the vet for testing.
  5. Keep an eye on your dog for the next few days. He may become ill from the tick bite. Dog illnesses caused by ticks include Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Lyme disease, tularemia, and encephalitis. In rare cases, the tick can emit a poisonous substance that can actually paralyze dogs.
  6. Prevent future ticks. The latest products in the war against ticks include Advantage and Frontline. These popular products are used once a month and usually beats the tick problem for good.

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