Removing Ticks from Dogs -
How to Safely Remove a Tick

Dog ticks carry numerous diseases, some of which can be deadly. Removing ticks promptly is essential for keeping your pet healthy.

But there is more to removing a tick than just pulling it out. Unless you do it correctly, your pet may remain in danger.

Ticks are small insects that attach to your dog's skin and feed on his blood. And once they grab hold, they are difficult to remove.

By learning to recognize tick bite symptoms in the early stages, and acting promptly, you will protect your pet from many debilitating diseases.

Be aware that tick removal process can be very scary for your dog. When I removed ticks from Bo, I always had some dog treats hidden in my pocket. As soon as the procedure was over, I would reward him for being so brave! The reward also made it easier to remove ticks in the future.

Whether you find one tick or several, you need to remove them. Because of their body structure, removing ticks can be tricky. If you don't do it correctly, you may leave your pet exposed to several debilitating deceases.

Of course, it's much better to prevent ticks from attaching to your dog than to remove ticks. Visit dog ticks page to learn about tick prevention techniques and a product that kills 100% of ticks within 48 hours after you apply it.

So, what's the next step after you spot a tick?

Removing Ticks

The most common mistake many dog owners make when removing ticks is not removing the whole tick.

Let me explain.

When it sucks your dog's blood, a tick's head is pressed against the dog's skin, face first. Its mouth is actually buried under your dog's skin. If you are not careful, you can leave the head behind and your dog exposed to numerous diseases.

Here is how you can safely remove ticks…

Hold a cotton swab soaked in mineral oil against the tick for about 30 seconds. Use tweezers to squeeze the skin that surrounds the tick and grab its head. Slowly, pull it out. When you finish, clean the spot with rubbing alcohol.

Make sure that you got everything out and… don't forget to wash your hands after you are done.

Here is a short video that shows how to remove a tick...

Common Tick Removal Mistakes

I feel this subject would not be complete if I didn't mention some common mistakes some dog owners make when removing ticks…

The most common, and most dangerous for your pet, is squashing the tick. It causes the content's of the tick's intestines, which contain lots of decease carrying bacteria, to spread into your dog's bloodstream. Visit tick bite symptoms page to learn how to recognize if your pet has been infected.  

Another common and dangerous, this time to the dog owner, mistake is to try and remove the tick with bare fingers. Don't do it! Tick saliva and Lyme decease can easily get under your fingernails and cracks in the skin.

Some dog owners even try to burn the tick while it's still attached to their pet. I don't even know what to say about this tick removal "technique". Just don't do it!

When removing ticks, always keep safety, yours and your pet's, in mind. Don't repeat these mistakes! 

Here is another video on removing ticks from your dog...

If you don't want to be bothered with constantly removing ticks from your dog but feel topical medications are too expensive, consider getting him a tick collar.

That said, I want to add that tick collars are not, and probably never will be, as good as topical medications such as FRONTLINE Plusicon and others. I started using FRONTLINE Plus several seasons ago and haven't had to remove a single tick.

Of course, you still need to check your dog for any sign of ticks.

Visit tick bite page for additional tick prevention techniques. 

Tick collars do a decent job of keeping ticks away, but they are not perfect. From time to time, you may need to remove a tick or two.

Tick Spray

Before you start removing ticks, I recommend you apply FRONTLINE Sprayicon.

With severe infestations, many vet clinics will apply fast-acting FRONTLINE Spray to your pet right in the clinic and then recommend at-home follow-up with the long-lasting control of FRONTLINE Plusicon.


Visit dog ticks to learn more about the benefits of FRONTLINE Plus.

Now, the best part…

Because FRONTLINE Sprayicon is an over the counter product, you can save a lot of money on vet visits by applying it yourself.

To keep your dog healthy, examine his skin for any signs of ticks. If you discover a tick, you need to act quickly. Removing ticks from your dog's body is not complicated, but to prevent any complications, you have to do it correctly.

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