Though it might cause a few squeamish feelings, there are very simple steps to remove a tick from your pet. If you find a tick on your pet, here is how to remove it:
- Use a pair of fine-tipped tweezers or special tick removal instruments. Do not use your fingers.
- Grab the tick as close to where the head enters the skin as you can. Do not grasp the tick by the body.
- Pull firmly and steadily directly outward. Do not twist, jerk or crush the tick as you are pulling.
- After removing the tick, place it in a jar with rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide to kill it. Ticks are NOT killed by squishing them or flushing them down the toilet.
- Clean the bite wound with a disinfectant. If you want to, apply a small amount of a triple antibiotic ointment.
Note: Applying petroleum jelly, a hot match, or alcohol does not work to extract ticks.
There are topical treatments and collars that can help repel ticks. There are also topical treatments that will kill ticks when they bite your pet vastly reducing the chances of the spread of disease. Talk with your veterinarian about tick prevention.
If the tick you are removing is large and engorged with blood, you should monitor your pet for symptoms of tick-borne diseases like Lyme disease. Tick-borne diseases are more probable the longer the tick feeds on your pet.
Posted Friday, May 29, 2015