How to Remove a Tick from your Pet
It’s easier than you think! Follow these simple steps to properly remove a tick from your cat or dog like an expert
What you will need
- Soap and Water
- Isopropyl Alcohol (optional)
- Boiling Pot (optional)
1. Clean Start
Since the tick bite creates an open wound, we want to make sure that our tweezers and hands are clean before we start.
You can use isopropyl alcohol on a cotton ball, or sterilize the tweezers using this method. Make sure you don’t forget to wash your hands!
2. Down to Business
Hopefully you have steady hands!
Get comfortable and make sure you have a good sight line of the tick. Depending on the size and length of fur/hair on your pet, you can either hold your furry friend still or use your thumb and index finger to move aside their coat to reveal the tick.
Carefully place the point of the tweezers along the skin at a 45-65 degree angle. If the tweezers are cold, make sure to use your shirt or another method to warm them up; the cold metal can be quite a shock!
3. Easy Does It
It’s important to remember that your pet has no idea what is going on! It is normal for them to be anxious or even scared at this time. The tweezers can also cause damage to smaller animals, so be extra careful with them.
Take the tweezers and, using the angle we discussed in the prior step, place the sides of the tweezers around the body of the tick. You are going to have to use your judgement on how deep the tick is when deciding how far to place the tips of the tweezers. A good indicator is the body of the tick. If it has been feeding for some time, it will have a slightly round sac, making it easy to tell where the head is.
When you feel confident the tweezer ends are at the proper level, squeeze slightly on the tweezers and pull slowly straight up towards the ceiling (making sure not to pull too fast; the head may get stuck).
4. Check Back
The hard part is over, you did it! Most people will flush the tick down the toilet after placing it in a tissue or toilet paper. It is important to check back at the spot of the tick bite to make sure it didn’t transmit a disease or get infected.
Look for a bullseye mark on the skin, rashes and discoloration. If you see any of these signs, make sure to contact your veterinarian immediately.
As always, the best thing you can do is hire Mosquito Mary’s to protect your pets and loved ones!