Ticks are small, blood-sucking hints that can transmit serious diseases, such as Lyme disease, to your pet. If you spot a tick on your dog, quickly removal can keep a painful illness.
Execute a everyday check of your dog for ticks, specially in the spring when ticks are more common.
How to Remove a Tick From a Dog
- Wear latex gloves to feel your dog's skin for any lumps under his coat. Areas prone to ticks are ears, face, legs and belly. Use a small-toothed flea comb to search for ticks.
- Look for the tick's brown body (similar to a balloon) starting from your dog. Ticks place in size from that of a sesame seed to a fingernail when fully engorged.
- Use pointed tweezers or a tick removal tool with a cutting slit on one side and grasp the tick firmly where it has entered your dog's skin. Maintain deliberate and steady pressure as you pull the tick direct out. Never twist the tick and make sure to remove the totally tick.
- Clean the site with mild soap and water or rubbing alcohol to keep infection
- Apply hydrocortisone spray or triple antibiotic ointment to relieve any irritation.
- Dispose of the tick. Place it in a jar of rubbing alcohol to kill it.
- Wash your hands thoroughly.
Things You'll Need
•Pointed tweezers or a tick removal tool
•Soap and water
•Triple antibiotic ointment or hydrocortisone spray