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Tick Removal for Dogs

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Ticks do have a season in northern areas of the United States, but in the southern states they are around all year.

A diseased tick will take 1-2 days to transmit an infection to your dog, so daily tick checks are recommended.

Any dog that spends any time at all outside, may get ticks.  Slowly run your fingers over their body.  You are feeling for a bump or swollen area.  Cover all parts of the body.  Don’t forget the tail, between the toes and pads, around the face, and inside the ears.  If you find a tick, do not panic.

Removing a Tick

  1. Assemble all the gear will you will need: gloves, tweezers, antiseptic, rubbing alcohol, several small dog treats, and a small jar with lid
  2. Pour a small amount of the rubbing alcohol in the jar and then over the tweezers.
  3. Wash your hands thoroughly.  Dry completely and put on the gloves.
  4. Call your dog to you and give them a small treat.
  5. With the tweezers, grasp the tick as close to your dog’s skin as possible.  Be gentle.
  6. Carefully pull outward in a steady and straight motion.  Be very sure that you remove the entire tick.  Any part of the tick that is left behind could cause a very nasty infection.
  7. Place the tick in the jar of rubbing alcohol.  Seal the jar and label it with the date of removal.
  8. Give your dog another treat.
  9. Pour some rubbing alcohol over the tweezers.
  10. Remove your gloves and then wash your hands.

Watch your dog for symptoms of tick borne disease:

    • Fever
    • Loss of appetite
    • Arthritis like stiffness
    • Nose bleeds

Should any of these symptoms occur, visit a veterinarian immediately with your dog and the jar with tick in it.  Dogs are more than 50 times more likely to have ticks than humans.

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