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Video:How to Remove a Tick on a Dog

with Dr. Ellie Shelburne

Want to learn how to easily remove a tick on a dog? Here, see helpful tips and tricks for removing a tick on your own.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Remove a Tick on a Dog

Hi! This is Dr. Ellie Shelburne for About.com, and today we're going to talk about how to remove ticks from dogs.

Instructions for Removing a Tick on a Dog

The first thing not to do is to try to kill the tick with alcohol or a match. What that ends up doing is causing distress in the tick, and they can release the bacterium like Lyme Disease, or Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and those bacterium will be released into the bloodstream much more readily if you try to kill the tick.The key is trying to remove the tick without squeezing the body part, by grasping it at the head, and gently but firmly removing it.

Utensils for Removing a Tick From a Dog

What we like to use are these little tick pulls, which are similar to crowbars, and you can use different sizes depending on the size of the tick. Basically, you poke it up through the head of the tick, and then gently twist and pull up until the tick is removed. We find that this does a nice job of removing the head of the tick.

Other Tips for Removing a Tick on a Dog

If you don't have a tick remover like this at home, the next best thing is to use a tweezer with a tiny little head. And with that very little tip, you want to grasp the head of the tick and pull back with a steady pull. If you're in a place where you don't have tweezers or tick pullers, you should not use your bare hands to remove a tick. That could release dangerous bacterium that you could be exposed to. So at least please use a piece of gauze or a tissue, around your fingers - and again, grasp your tick, and gently pull back - straight back - until it's out.Our preferred method of disposing of tick is to put them in a little jar of rubbing alcohol, and that will kill them and make sure they don't come back to haunt you at a later time.

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