If you notice ticks on your pet, you have to remove them correctly so that you don’t cause harm and there is a lot of information out there regarding the different methods you can apply but not every detail is accurate, so you have to be careful. If you want to remove ticks safely from your pet, make sure you follow these steps:

Wear Gloves

Ticks are problematic for both humans and pets, so you have to put on gloves when removing them from your pet because they do pose a threat to your health as well. Ticks can carry a number of diseases that can be very serious, so it is a must that you play it safe by wearing gloves, as this will provide you with protection while you’re handling a tick.

Use Tasty Treats as a Distraction

During this process, the last thing you want is for your pet to run off as you’re trying to remove the tick, so use tasty treats as a distraction. You can also enlist a helper, and the goal is to get your furry friend to be still and calm so that you can remove the tick successfully.

Make Sure You use Fine-tipped Tweezers

The type of tweezers you use will make a difference, as will its positioning, and you have to place your tweezers close to your pet’s skin. You have to do this without actually grabbing hold, and once your positioning is as close to your pet’s skin as possible, you can then go ahead and grasp the tick’s head where it enters the skin as opposed to the bloated body.

Pull out the Tick

You will need to use steady and even pressure to pull the tick straight out, and you must avoid twisting or jerking the tick so that mouthparts are not left behind. It’s also important that you don’t squeeze or crush the tick, as this may encourage toxin release.

Do not Flush the Tick

Ticks can live for up to three weeks in water, so flushing it down your toilet is not a solution because ticks will not drown. Place them in a container that is filled with rubbing alcohol instead, as this will kill the tick.

Disinfect the Bite

You need to clean the bite site with antibiotic wipes or sprays and need to monitor any signs of redness, swelling or infection. While most tick bites will not require additional treatments, it is recommended that you test your pet for tick-borne diseases a few months after their tick bite to ensure there are no problems.

Use a High-quality Tick Preventive

Use this year-round because it will help keep your pet tick-free and there are several prevention options available, so you will not have to deal with ticks.

If you’re concerned about the health of your pet, the experts at Hofmann Veterinary Clinic can help, so contact us today to schedule an appointment!