How to effectively remove a tick from your dog

Follow this step-by-step guide for removing a tick from your furry friend.

Letting your pup roam through the tall grass might seem like a good idea at the time, but the excitement will go away the second you find a tick on its back. But don't panic – removing the pest isn't difficult.

Here's a step-by-step guide on how to effectively remove a tick from your furry friend:

Step 1: Put on safety gloves
According to PetMD, ticks are full of infectious agents that won't only harm your dog – they can seep through your skin and into the bloodstream. Stay safe and wear protective gloves.

Step 2: Calm your pooch down
Poking and prodding your pup with tweezers isn't normal for him, so he might not react well. Have someone assist you by holding, petting and comforting him.

Step 3: Go for the tick
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggested using fine-tipped tweezers to grab the tick. Be sure to grasp as close to your pup's skin as possible.

Once you're in the right position, pull up with even pressure.  Be sure not to twist or jerk – the body might break off the from the mouth and remain in the skin.

Step 4: Get rid of the tick
Don't assume you can just throw the tick away – you need to eliminate it. The source suggested submerging it in alcohol, placing it in plastic wrap and flushing it down the toilet.

Step 5: Clean the bitten area
After you've successfully removed and disposed of the tick, wash your hands and clean your pooch with a solution of rubbing alcohol, iodine scrub, soap and water.

Step 6: Reward your dog
Once you've cleaned up your pup, be sure to reward it. Your dog deserves a treat, toy or extra play time for being a good pooch and letting you remove the pest!

To prevent finding a tick on your furry friend in the future, consider using Hartz® UltraGuard Plus® Topical Flea and Tick Prevention for Dogs and Puppies. This dual-action formula eliminates fleas in 15 minutes and repels flea eggs and ticks for up to 30 days.

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