How to safely remove a tick

How to safely remove a tick

Warm weather means tick season is upon us, so it's a good time to refresh yourself on what to do if you find a tick on your dog. In addition to using Hartz® flea and tick products to prevent these parasites from hitching a ride on your pooch, you should also be familiar with the process of safe and effective tick removal.

With tweezers, grip the tick as close to the dog's skin as you can and pull straight up, using even pressure, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention instructed. Don't try to yank it out. If you're not careful, you could accidentally leave a piece of the insect behind. While that is certainly not a pleasant image, the bigger issue is that it leaves Fluffy at risk of tick-borne illnesses like Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

After you've removed the tick, sanitize the area and your hands with rubbing alcohol. The CDC suggested soaking the tick in the alcohol to kill it, as well. If you're worried your dog may have been exposed to a disease, bring the insect (and your dog) to a vet, who can test the tick for illnesses.


This content is provided by the flea and tick experts at Hartz. We believe in offering safe, effective and affordable parasite prevention for every dog and cat.