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Prompt tick removal is essential if you notice one of these tiny creatures on your dog, but using the proper technique is just as important. The most dangerous part of the tick can remain in your pet’s body if you aren’t careful. You may have heard about a few home removal methods, such as burning the ticks off or using petroleum jelly. Unfortunately neither of these techniques will force the tick to retreat, and burning may very well injure your dog. If you find a tick, try these removal tips instead.
Step One. Use tweezers to grasp the tick’s head at the point where it meets your dog’s body. Don’t place the ends of the tweezers around tick’s body. If you do this, you could tear the tick in half.
Step Two. Slowly and steadily pull the tick out without twisting it. Ticks have tiny but powerful jaw muscles. The goal here is to tire out these jaw muscles and get them to release it’s bite. Kill it by placing it in a container of alcohol.
Step Three. Apply a disinfectant such as chlorhexidine to your dog’s skin. Irritation from the tick’s saliva can cause a welt on your dog’s skin, which may last approximately a week. If irritation continues, consult your veterinarian.