How To Remove A Tick From A Dog

July 10th, 2021

In my last blog, I describe how you can recognize your dog has a tick. In this blog, you can learn how to remove a tick from a dog.

Myths buster

First of all, let’s have a look at some myths when it comes to tick removal:
like touching it with a hot match, covering it with petroleum jelly or with nail polish, or alcohol. These are supposed to make the tick “come out” of the skin. However, these ‘tactics have the opposite effect. They are actually forcing the tick to hold tight, burrow deeper, and even make him sick – which is increasing the risk of infection.

What makes ticks scary to me and many others is the fact they carry diseases. It’s so important to remove any tick that attaches itself to your dog as soon as possible.
The sooner a tick is removed, the less likely it can infect your dog with microbes that cause Lyme disease or other tick-borne diseases.

How to remove a tick for a dog

Twisting them off your dog is the best removal method. Pet shops sell tick-removal, but you can use a tweezer as well. 

Be very careful not to squeeze the tick’s body or leave its head stuck inside your dog. If you press a tick’s body too hard, it can cause it to expel blood on your dog and you as well, and increasing the risk of infection. 

If you are worried about removing ticks, take your dog to the vets, and they can do it for you.

  1. Gently part your dog’s coat so you can easily reach the tick
  2. Get your tick remover and slowly push it under the tick
  3. When you have a firm grasp of the tick, twist it in a clockwise direction several times until the tick comes loose
  4. Examine your dog’s skin and make sure you removed it completely
  5. Disinfect your dog’s skin; you can use Soothing Antiseptic Spray for it
  6. Pop the tick in a tissue or a bag and put it in the bin before washing your hands
  7. Disinfect the tick removal and wash your hand thoroughly 

The saying: prevention is better than cure, applies here as well. 

I can’t even remember when I saw a tick last time? Do you? 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back

What People Say...

When we got home from the hospital with our new arrival it was clear that Perri, one of our miniature poodles, maternal instincts kicked in and went into overdrive. She was immediately acting like a mother separated from her pups and just wanted to care for the ‘naked puppy’. She has a history of being so motherly, even to the point that she has produced milk for puppies that aren’t hers even before she had a litter and has mothered every type of animal she could. She was panting, pacing and unable to relax for long at all. She could whine for England!

We tried other herbal remedies we had at hand for a previous anxious dog and nothing worked at all. She stopped eating and stressed herself into overheating too. Her stress was starting to impact the other dogs and she just couldn’t unwind. No matter if we worked off her energy with a walk and she wasn’t even interested in her usual mind games or call games. We also couldn’t offer long-lasting treats and chews too often as they gave her an upset stomach.

As soon as the Calming Floral Spray arrived I gave the bed a spritz and put some on her coat and the change was instant. She just got on her bed and fell asleep. She stopped panting and barely whines now, started eating again and she only does a bit of whining if the baby cries. We have now been able to positively reinforce her calm behaviour. I honestly can’t recommend this enough to people.
Natalie Griffiths