Removing a Tick From Your Dog’s Skin

Summertime is prime tick season. Are you prepared if a tick bites your canine companion? Learn the basics of tick removal in this article from your Frisco, TX veterinarian.

Preparation

You’ll need tweezers, rubbing alcohol along with a jar filled with a bit of the rubbing alcohol, a gauze pad, and a pair of latex gloves to protect your hands. When you’re ready to remove the tick, sit down with your dog in a quiet, well-lit area to begin.

Removal

Put on your gloves, then douse the bite area with a bit of rubbing alcohol. Grasp the tick with your tweezers, close to the mouthparts, and pull straight out with an even pressure. Don’t twist or jerk the tick, as this could cause the mouthparts to remain lodged in your dog’s skin. When you have the tick, drop it into the jar of rubbing alcohol to kill it.

Disinfecting

Wet a gauze pad with more rubbing alcohol and rub this gently over the bite area to disinfect it. Wash your tweezers with the alcohol once you’re done.

Keep an eye on the bite area over the next few weeks, and let your vet clinic Frisco, TX know if anything looks amiss.