How to Remove a Tick From a Dog? [Beginners Guide]

It is very easy to get rid of a tick on a dog. First, when should I get rid of a tick? It is important to do so as soon as possible. You should remove a tick as soon as possible. You can either follow the steps below to get rid of a tick or take your dog to a veterinarian immediately if you are unsure.

How to get rid of a tick on a dog?

A pair of sharp-edged, tick-removal tweezers is the best method to get rid of a tick on your dog. You should not attempt to remove the tick with your fingers. This could cause infection and spread further.

A tick is removed from a dog with black fur by a man with tweezers, Germany

How to remove a tick from your dog's skin:

  1. Spread the fur of your dog
  2. Use tweezers, or the tick-removing instrument, to grasp the whole tick as close as your dog's skin.
  3. Slowly, steadily pull the tick until the head pops out. It takes patience.
  4. Drop the tick into a container of alcohol to kill it
  5. Make sure to wash your hands well
  6. Use a cotton ball to clean the tick bite area with hydrogen peroxide or rubbing alcohol.
  7. Use rubbing alcohol to clean your tweezers and other tools
Ticks and your Dog or Cat

How to get rid of an engorged tick on a dog?

Follow the above steps if the tick has become engorged. After dropping the tick in a container of alcohol, you can take it and your dog to the vet to have it tested for the disease.

Myths about how to get rid of a tick on a dog

Removal of a dog tick
  • Is it possible to remove a tick from a dog's skin with rubbing alcohol? No. However, it will kill the tick if you have safely removed it.
  • Vaseline can be used to remove a tick. The tick will grow deeper if it is burned, frozen, or used with nail polish or Vaseline.
  • You can remove a tick from your dog using a tweezer. There are many methods that you can use to get rid of a tick on a dog, but doctors recommend using sharp-edged tweezers or tick removal tools. You can take your dog to the veterinarian for tick removal if you don't own either.

For more information about tick diseases and the latest pet parasite forecast, visit the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) website.


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