How to Safely Remove a Tick from your Dog or Cat

by Dr. Deva Khalsa on June 21, 2011

There are several ways they could remove the tick from your dog.  One way is to pull a very gently on the tick until the head releases from the dog.  This does not always work well.  You may want to use a tweezers when you do this to ensure that the tick does not bite you.  Regardless, oftentimes the tick persistently hold on and when you finally pull hard enough, the the body of the tick comes often your fingers, and the head remains firmly embedded in the skin.  This can often cause inflammation and a small red bump to appear at the original site of the tick bite.  The bump can enlarge but will eventually recede.  You can put some calendula cream or a mild antiseptic on the red area until it resolves.  It’s important to remove the tick before it has been inbedded for 24 hours.  This will help in in preventing Lyme disease from infecting a dog.


Take a bottle of isopropyl alcohol, remove the cap, and fill it with some of the isopropyl alcohol.  Take this cap and hold it tightly over the area where the tick is imbedded.  To do this you’ll press the sides  of the cap and into the fur and skin of the dog surrounding the tick.  You’ll have to part the fur with your fingers to expose the area.  Hold the inverted cap with the alcohol in it over the area for few minutes.  When you removed the cap, hopefully the tick will be floating free in the isopropyl alcohol.  Either the tick will be a laying  unattached on the dogs fur or will be floating in the cap.  Another safe and effective way to remove the tick is to to coat the area where the tick is with the essential oil of thyme which causes to the tick to disconnect and also acts as a disinfectant in the general area.  A tick has to feed for 24 to 48 hours before it can transmit any spirochetes.

Because a deer ticks are small and their bites don’t itch they are easily overlooked.  Ticks prefer warm moist conditions to double check under your dog collars and around his ears.  If you’re not sure what it is inspect with a magnifying glass.  Never never try burn  a tick out or apply irritating substances like kerosene because this will cause the tick to expel the contents of its digestive tract. Hydrogen peroxide may be applied to the area after the tick is removed.


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