Dogs especially love to spend time outdoors so if you are armed with the proper info, it can be an enjoyable season for both of you.
Let’s first take a look at what not to do when it comes to tick removal:
- burn them off
- use nail polish
- use petroleum jelly
- freeze them off
- flush them down the toilet (it doesn’t kill them)
- use your fingers to remove it
- squash the tick with your fingers
The safe removal of ticks can be easy if you follow these few simple steps:
2. Grab the tick by the head or mouth parts, right where they enter the skin, being careful not to grasp the tick by the body.
3. Without jerking, pull firmly and steadily directly outward. Do not twist the tick as you are pulling it out.
4. After removing the tick, place it in a jar of alcohol to kill it.
5. Clean the bite wound with a disinfectant or triple antibiotic ointment.
6. Make sure to wash your hands thoroughly.
Once the tick is removed, you may notice that the affected area is red or swollen. This is normal and can actually take up to a week for the area to heal. If you are concerned or it is taking longer than a week to heal, contact your veterinarian.