Skip to content

10 Easiest Way To Remove A Tick From A Dog

Easiest Way To Remove A Tick From A Dog

Tick-borne illnesses affect dogs all over the world every year but in most cases, it’s not immediately obvious that they’ve been bitten by an insect at all. This is because these tiny arthropods can hide under fur for months on end without being noticed.

If you’re concerned about what might be living underneath your pet’s coat, here are some easy ways to remove a tick from your dog.

1. Find The Ticks

The first thing you need to do before trying any of these methods is to find the actual ticks themselves. They can burrow deep into their host’s skin where only small parts of them show above the surface. Only then will removing one become possible.

Your best bet is probably going to be using a flea comb attached with tweezers. You want to make sure you get as many ticks out of your pets’ body as possible. Once removed, keep them safe so you can take them to a vet if necessary.

2. Using Your Hand Or Gloves

It may seem like common sense, but when dealing with something as small as a tick, having a magnifying glass handy could come in very useful indeed. There have even been reports of people successfully removing ticks this way.

You can use anything that gives off enough light such as flashlights, garden lights, candles, etc., though I personally prefer natural sources of illumination. Make sure whatever lighting source you decide to go with doesn’t give off too much heat either. After all, we don’t want our tick getting burnt alive!

With your magnifier now ready, hold onto your dog’s loose hair near its head (or wherever else you think there might be a tick) with one hand while keeping the other free. Then gently move the magnified area around until you spot a tick hiding somewhere nearby. When you see one, grab it firmly between two fingers and pull straight up towards yourself. That should hopefully dislodge any stragglers lurking elsewhere on your animals body.

As always, remember to sterilize everything you touch after removal.

3. Use Needles, Tweezers Or Forceps

Now that you have located exactly which part of your dog has been harbouring a tick, you’ll need to pick it up. Unfortunately, unlike human medicine, there isn’t just one type of needle available to us. Instead, you’ll need to choose needles specifically designed for veterinary work.

Needle types include fine curved needles, large curved needles, thin forceps, long forceps, etc. Whatever kind you choose, be careful not to squeeze the tick itself since doing so would kill it instantly. Just grasp the tick with the tip of your chosen tool and slowly slide it away from your animal’s skin. As mentioned earlier, try not to apply pressure anywhere along the length of the tick since doing so causes unnecessary pain.

In case you’re wondering how often you should perform each step during removal, you should know that taking care to avoid squeezing the tick actually helps prevent spreading disease through contact. It also reduces risk of accidentally introducing bacteria inside your home.

4. Sterilized Swabs And Other Disinfectants

After finding the exact location of the tick, you’ll need to clean it thoroughly. Don’t worry — it won’t hurt your animal friend at all. Simply moisten a swab made of medical grade material with alcohol and wipe it across the tick’s entire length. Be sure to soak the whole area well beforehand so no traces of saliva remain afterwards. Repeat this process several times until you’re confident you’ve got rid of all signs of life.

Once you feel certain the tick is dead, wash your hands and dispose of the used swab according to local regulations.

5. Dip Into Some Acidulated Foam

Another method of tick removal involves dipping a cotton ball soaked in antiseptic solution directly onto the affected area. It sounds pretty scary, but acidulated foams are generally harmless unless otherwise specified. Plus, this technique works wonders against both live and female ticks alike.

Be aware that you shouldn’t dip your finger(s) into the foam instead. Doing so might result in infection. Also, never put more than a few inches of foam per person onto a non-sterile surface.

To remove a tick safely, follow these steps:

  1. Wipe down the area with disinfectant wipes to ensure nothing gets left behind.
  2. Dip a dampened cotton pad into the foam and press it directly onto the infected section until dry.
  3. Next, wrap the affected area tightly with gauze and tape it shut.
  4. Repeat this procedure whenever needed for the next three days.

6. Rinse With Water

This method is similar to the previous one, except done entirely within water rather than a chemical mixture. For best results, fill a bowl with warm water and place your pet inside. Next, scoop out dirt and debris with a soft cloth and rinse affected areas once again. Finally, blot excess moisture with towels.

7. Apply Aloe Vera Gel

Aloe vera gel contains anti-inflammatory properties which help promote healing processes. Applying aloe vera directly onto the infected area can reduce redness and inflammation caused by the parasite.

For maximum effect, rub the gel over the bite site several times daily for seven consecutive days. Remember to store unused portions properly since the gel tends to lose potency quickly.

8. Try Shaving It Off

Removal via shaving requires patience and precision. First, shave off any stray hairs that might still be clinging on around the wound. Then carefully peel back the outer layer of skin surrounding the tick’s mouth opening. Now, grip the tick firmly with a pair of tweezers and slice right through its midsection.

Remember to wear gloves when performing this task. Otherwise, you run the risk of contaminating the rest of your clothes.

9. Get Medical Help If Necessary

While rare, sometimes even the gentlest of touches can cause serious harm. Therefore, it’s important to consult with a veterinarian if symptoms persist after treatment. Infections spread by parasites tend to progress rapidly, especially if taken untreated.

Luckily, modern science offers plenty of effective options for treating diseases transmitted by ticks. Most commonly, antibiotics prescribed by doctors are able to clear infections from your pets faster than traditional remedies.

Keep reading for information on how to treat your dog post-tick removal…

10. Keep Your Dogs Informed About Their Parasites

Keeping your dogs informed about possible exposure to ticks is another great way to protect them effectively. Ideally, teach them to recognize different species of ticks so you can better identify bites early. This allows ample time for proper treatment.

They should also learn to stay vigilant throughout the day, paying close attention to changes in behaviour. While ticks aren’t known to transmit dangerous diseases to humans, they can still carry harmful germs that can impact your pet. Never assume that your furry friends are immune simply due to their size.

Have you ever had a problem with ticks? Would you consider treating infestations on your own accord? Tell us below!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.