When removing ticks it is best to wear latex or rubber gloves to prevent any of the tick’s blood from getting onto your skin because Lyme disease and other diseases could be spread this way.
Ticks should always be removed as soon as possible from your dog. Prompt and complete removal of ticks helps prevent illness.
If you do not have a specific tick removing tool then tweezers may suffice but we do not recommend this method over the use of a specific tick removing device.
Grasp the tick firmly with tweezers where the tick’s mouth meets the dog’s skin. Slowly and steadily pull the tick, trying to get the whole tick at once. Don’t twist the tick or jerk as you may break the tick’s body and risk leaving it’s head behind. After removing the tick, clean the area with an antibiotic, alcohol or another disinfectant. The tick should then be killed by soaking it in a jar of alcohol.
If part of the tick remains buried, try to get the rest out by using a needle boiled in water for five minutes, the way you would remove a wood splinter. Afterwards, cleanse and disinfect the area as before.
How NOT To Remove A Tick
Do not try to remove a tick by burning it off as this does not work, may hurt your dog and may cause the tick to regurgitate its potentially infectious fluids back into the skin. Similarly, do not apply surgical spirit or any other chemicals to the tick. The application of any solution, heat or cold, can cause stress to the tick and cause it to regurgitate the contents of its stomach, which may contain infective organisms. Surgical spirit, alcohol, or general antiseptic should be applied to the bite site after the tick has been
Using a Tick Removal Tool
We sell and recommend the Tick Twister tick removal tool. The Tick Twister is the safest way to remove ticks without leaving mouthparts of the tick planted in the skin and is also the tool recommened by BADA-UK (Borreliosis and Associated Diseases Awareness UK). It does not use chemicals and it takes the tick away quickly and painlessly. It does not squeeze the tick, thus reducing the risk of infection. The tool is designed by a Veterinarian.
The Tick Twister works with the two following principles:
1) Tick is gripped without compressing the tick's body
2) Tick is extracted by rotation and a slight upward motion, not by pulling
When the tick is grabbed with tweezers or similar unsuitable instruments, the tool exerts a pressure on the tick's body. However, when the tick is grasped with the Tick Twister there is no pressure on the tick's body, thus, reducing the risk of the injection. With the Tick Twister you do not pull on the tick. Instead you rotate the tick and use a slight upward motion until the tick detaches after 2-3 rotations.
The Tick Twister is chemical free. More and more studies have proved that if you use chemical products to kill the tick, it is an attack for the tick and it reacts by a saliva back flow, which increases inflammatory phenomena.
Ask your vet about effective tick control (spray, powder) or anti-tick medication for dogs, especially if you often walk your dog in wooded areas. Dogs should be checked thoroughly for ticks after every such walk. Pay close attention to ears, face, eyes, legs, and belly.
Find Out More
To find out more about ticks, their associated diseases and safe tick removal, please visit www.bada-uk.org .