Ticks begin transmitting disease between 12-24 hours, therefore removal of the tick, early and completely, can help avoid bigger problems. Wear a pair of gloves to avoid possible injury or infection.
- Using fine tipped tweezers, grasp the tick as close to the skin.
- Pull the tick’s body away from the skin, trying to avoid crushing the tick.
- Wash the bite area with skin with soap and warm water.
- Save the tick in a screw top jar filled with rubbing alcohol, in case your dog falls ill, for identification and testing.
Do not use petroleum jelly, a hot match, nail polish, or other products to remove a tick. These things can harm your dog and cause an embedded tick to release infective fluids.
Monitor the bite area for redness, swelling or warmth around the area. If these signs arise, bring your dog in for an examination.