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How to Remove a Tick

Sunday, August 4, 2013
posted by Jim Murphy

DOG TICKUsually, pet owners who find a tick on their pet try to remove it very quickly. Removing the tick too quickly can hurt the pet and even it’s owner.

  • Be prepared to keep the tick. If your pets gets ill shortly afterward, it can provide some valuable information for your veterinarian. Put the tick in a screw top jar containing some rubbing alcohol.
  • Protect yourself. Ticks, even after they’ve bitten your pet can carry infectious agents that can enter your bloodstream through your ears, eyes or breaks in your skin. When removing a tick make sure that you wear rubber or latex gloves.
  • Your pet may try to squirm his way away while you’re removing the tip. Get someone else to hold the pet down if necessary.
  • Treat the area with rubbing alcohol after the tick is removed. Examine the area after the tick is removed to make sure that you removed all of it.

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