If you find a tick attached to your pet, there’s no need to panic. There is a tool you can find in your own bathroom.
3 Steps to Remove a Tick from Your Pet
- Use clean fine-topped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to your pet’s skin as possible.
- Pull upward with steady, even pressure. Don’t twist or try to jerk off the tick. This approach can cause the tick’s mouthparts to break off and remain in your pet’s skin. If this happens, remove the mouthparts with tweezers. If you are unable to remove the mouthparts easily, leave them alone and let the skin heal.
- After removing the tick, thoroughly clean the bite area and your hands with rubbing alcohol, an iodine scrub, or warm soap and water.
What Not To Do
- Don’t “paint” the tick with nail polish or petroleum jelly.
- Don’t use a match to try to burn the tick off.
Your goal is to remove the tick as quickly as possible, not waiting for it to detach.
Stopping Ticks Before They Stop You
Keeping your pet healthy and happy year-round starts with a monthly prevention plan. Protecting them doesn’t have to be complicated or time-consuming. There are several over-the-counter solutions and prescription medications your veterinarian can recommend or prescribe for your pet.
(Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)