Tick-removal tips for dog owners

Tick-removal tips for dog owners

Preventative methods such as flea and tick control products like sprays, shampoos and collars can go a long way toward keeping your dog safe from ticks, but you should also be inspecting him regularly to catch any that may have evaded your defense tactics.

If you spot a tick on your dog's skin, it's important to remove it properly, as one false move could leave part of the tick embedded in the skin. Use a pair of tweezers to grasp the tick, or at least wear gloves if you have to use your hands. VCA Animal Hospitals reported that tick-borne diseases can be transmitted through mucous membranes or a cut on your hand. So it's bet to err on the side of caution.

Grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible – holding it too high can result in the body detaching from the head. It's crucial to use steady, even pressure. Do not yank the tick out, as the "Band-Aid method" won't work in this situation. Pull straight upward without twisting or jerking the bug.

Once you've removed the tick successfully, wash and disinfect the bite site and your hands. Consumer Reports indicated that symptoms of tick-borne illnesses may not appear immediately, so you might want to preserve the tick in rubbing alcohol. This can make it easier for the veterinarian to identify the species and pinpoint the potential health issue in your pooch.

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.