How to Remove a Tick

posted: by: KS Tags: "Clinic Specials" "News" 

Step-by-Step Tick Removal Instructions

Step 1—Grab a Partner
You don’t want your pet squirming away before you’re finished, so if possible, have a helper on hand to distract, soothe or hold her still.

Step 2—The Removal
Treat the bite area with rubbing alcohol and, using a pair of tweezers, grasp the tick as close to the animal’s skin as possible. Pull straight upwards with steady, even pressure. Place the tick in a jar with rubbing alcohol.
•    Do not twist or jerk the tick! This may leave the mouth-parts embedded in your pet, or cause the tick to regurgitate infective fluids.
•    Do not squeeze or crush the body of the tick, because its fluids (saliva and gut contents) may contain infective organisms.

Step 3—All that Remains
Sometimes, in spite of doing everything right, a tick’s mouth-parts will get left behind in your pet’s skin. If the area doesn't appear red or inflamed, the best thing to do is to disinfect it and not to try to take the mouth-parts out. A warm compress to the area might help the body expel them, but do not go at it with tweezers.

Step 4—Clean Up
Thoroughly disinfect the bite site and wash your hands with soap and water. Sterilize your tweezers with alcohol or by carefully running them over a flame.

Step 5—Keep Watch
Over the next few weeks, closely monitor the bite area for any signs of localized infection. If the area is already red and inflamed, or becomes so later, please bring your pet to your veterinarian for evaluation.

Common Tick Removal Myths:
Petroleum jelly, burning them off, freezing them off, nail polish. These are just a few of the common folk remedies that pop up when you google tick removal. And all of them won't work — and have the potential to further hurt your pet.
Then there's the burning method.   Fact: Lighting a match anywhere near your pet is the very definition of playing with fire. The dog has hair. The hair is going to go up in flames.