Looking for the best way to remove a tick from your dog? Here it is…

Step 1: Always wear latex gloves when removing a tick because they can transmit diseases to humans.

Step 2: Place your pet in a comfortable position.

Step 3: Use tweezers to grasp the tick as close as possible to your pet’s skin.

Step 4: Pull the tick straight out with the tweezers. Don’t try to twist it out. Slow and steady is the key. If you think you’re going slow, go slower (get the point?). It’s easy to pull the ticks body off and leave the head in your dog’s skin. This can lead to infection. Pull gently until the tick releases itself. Don’t squeeze too tight either because this can cause the tick to release toxins into your dog.

Step 5: Dispose of the tick. Throw it in a fire or smash it in a tissue and flush it down the toilet. Or, take it to your vet in a ziplock bag to be tested for lyme disease.

Step 6: Apply an antiseptic / antibacterial ointment to the bite. Continue to monitor the bite area for swelling or rash.

Step 7: Clean the tweezers with alcohol. Dispose of the gloves. Wash your hands thoroughly.

If you can not remove the head of the tick, take your dog to the veterinarian for treatment.

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