Removing a tick is simple when you have help!
At the Bowen Island Dog Ranch we know how to remove ticks should your dog be bitten by one. We recommend buying a tick remover from your vet as they are simple and easy to use and will ensure that the head of the tick that has attached itself to your dog comes out as the body does.
First things first – your gear!
- Pair of gloves
- A commercial tick remover
- Isopropyl alcohol
Next – Remove the tick
Wear gloves while removing the tick to avoid contact with your skin (ticks can transmit diseases to people, too).
While using a tick remover:
- Gently press the remover against your dog’s skin near the tick.
- Slide the notch of the remover under the tick.
- Continue sliding the remover until the tick is caught in the small end of the notch, and then gently twist the remover around in a circle as the tick is pulled free.
If the tick is still alive…
Keep the tick in a small container. Only LIVE ticks can be tested for lyme disease.
Love on your dog! Praise him well.
Clean your dog’s skin with antiseptic and make you clean the tick remover as well using isopropyl alcohol. Give him a treat. Show him some love.
What to look for?
Watch for infection in case a piece of the tick was accidentally left inside. If there are any symptoms including lameness, fever, sluggishness, loss of appetite or a reluctance to move, take him in to your vet right away.