How to Remove a Tick from a Dog
Ticks are eight legged insects that, if given the chance, will imbed its head into your dog. Once attached, they will engorge themselves on
dog’s blood until they’ve had enough, and then drop off. The problem is that ticks are capable of transmitting a variety of diseases while they are
attached. Of these, the most worrisome is Lyme disease. Lethargy, fever, and swollen, painful joints are some of the symptoms of this disease.
The good news, however, is that regularly checking your dog for ticks can greatly reduce the chances of this disease being
transmitted. The reason for this is that once attached, it takes a full day for the disease to
be transmitted. This is why during tick season (spring and summer) it is a good idea to check
your dog regularly.
If you find a tick on your dog, what should you
do? The best approach is to use a tick spray, and spray a little on a cotton ball or
cloth. Lightly dab the tick with the ball (or cloth). After a few seconds, the tick should start
to back out. If you are wearing gloves, you can then simply grab the tick, squish it, and then
flush it down the toilet. Do not squeeze it without gloves on, however, as you will expose
yourself to whatever diseases the tick was carrying. If you don’t have gloves, grab the tick
with tweezers and place it in rubbing alcohol. It’s not a bad idea to put a little antiseptic
on the area where the tick was in order to prevent infection.
There are vaccinations available for Lyme
disease. If you live in tick country, it might be a good idea to talk to your veterinarian about
I hope you found this information useful!
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