It’s a good idea to carefully examine your dog for ticks after every outing. You may find loose ticks crawling through your dog’s fur. You may find attached ticks – either recently attached thin, flat ticks, or ticks that have been eating for a while and have swollen, making them oval to round and fat. You can find the pre-grown ticks called nymphs, which are tiny, like the size of the head of a pin. Nymphs can be difficult to spot, are usually gray in color, and are often found on the face as they were captured when the dog was sniffing around in the grass or bushes.
How To Remove Tick From Dogs
A nice trick to picking up the loose ticks on your dog’s fur is to run a roll of duct tape over his body. This works very well, especially if you do it right at home.
Ticks attached can be difficult to remove. This is because their saliva contains a cement-like substance that holds them securely in place. You can try to remove them with tweezers, but you need to try to get as close to the skin as possible to avoid separating the body from the head. Pull straight up firmly and evenly. You can usually tell whether or not you pulled your head out by examining the tick after it’s removed. The head looks like a small pointer in front. You can usually see the head in the skin too if it’s left behind. It looks like a small black splinter. Plucking it gently with a clean needle as you would a splinter will usually result in a successful removal. If you can’t get your head out, don’t panic. They’ll usually work their way out at some point without causing any problems.
Using a tick twister tool is the easiest way to remove ticks without leaving your head behind. This inexpensive device has a groove that slides between the tick and your dog’s skin. Turning or twisting the device breaks the tick’s cement anchor so that the tick can slide out freely in one piece.
When removing swollen ticks, be careful in anything you do not to crush the tick while it is still attached. This can result in massive tick regurgitation on your dog, putting your dog at an even greater risk of contracting a tick-borne disease.
How do I kill a tick?
Now that the ticks have been removed, what do you do with them? The quickest way to kill a tick before disposing of it is to soak it in isopropyl alcohol. Alternatively, you can drown ticks in soapy water, but it can take 48 hours for ticks to drown. Dehydration, which is basically extreme dehydration, kills ticks. So if you seal your tick in a plastic bag before disposing of it, it will eventually die of dehydration. Finally, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website says it’s okay to flush them down the toilet.