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How to Remove Ticks From Dogs

Learn how to remove ticks from dogs with the help of Blain’s Farm & Fleet.

With warmer weather comes more time outside for your furry family members. Whether your dog is running around the yard or at the dog park, they’ll most likely run into ticks. The nasty critters can latch on and hide in your dog’s coat without you ever noticing. Thankfully, you can remove ticks from your dog yourself. With the help of Blain’s Farm & Fleet, you can learn how to remove ticks from dogs.

How to Remove Ticks From Dogs
With the help of Blain’s Farm & Fleet, you can learn how to remove ticks on your dog.

Checking For Ticks

If your dog spends a lot of time outside, you’ll want to make a tick check part of your daily routine. Run your fingers through your dog’s fur, feeling for any bumps and lumps. Ticks typically like to hide in crevices, so don’t forget to check your dog’s armpits, ears, between their toes and around their face.

Ticks are a brown or black color, and can be as small as the head of a pin. After a day outside in a wooded area, a thorough inspection should be done on all family members–not just the four-legged ones.

How to Remove Ticks From Dogs

If you find a tick on your dog, there a few simple steps you can take to remove it. If you’re uncomfortable removing the tick yourself, you can always contact your local groomer or veterinarian for help.

1. Wear gloves, as ticks can transmit diseases to humans. You’ll also need a clean pair of tweezers or a tick remover tool, antiseptic and isopropyl alcohol.

2. If you’re using a tweezers, grab the tick as close to your dog’s skin as possible. Be careful not to pinch your dog’s skin. Pull in a steady, straight motion. Make sure you’ve removed the entire tick. If you’re using a tick remover, press the remover tool against your dog’s skin by the tick. Be gentle. Slide the notched part of the remover under the tick, and continue sliding it until the tick caught in the end notch.

3. Once the tick is removed, store it in a container filled with isopropyl alcohol. It will kill the tick. You’ll want to keep the tick for a few days in case your dog shows any signs of a tick-borne illness. Your vet may want to test the tick if this happens.

4. Clean off the spot where the tick was attached with antiseptic, and clean the removal tool with the isopropyl alcohol. Continue to keep an eye on the spot where the tick was. Contact your veterinarian if the skin becomes infected or irritated.

Tick Prevention

As a pet owner, there are a few steps you can take to combat ticks. You can use a flea and tick collar, which is medicated to kill ticks and fleas. You can also use a flea and tick shampoo. The pet-friendly shampoo not only leaves your pup smelling great, but helps to fight off fleas and ticks.

At Blain’s Farm & Fleet, we know pets. That’s why we carry everything you need to care for your four-legged family members. From the time they’re a puppy, to their golden days as a senior, we have you covered. To learn more about caring for your pets, visit our Pet Care blog.

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