How To Remove A Tick

Removing a tick from your cat or dog is easy if you just follow these simple steps.
To remove an attached tick, use a pair of fine-tipped tweezers, or a Tick Twister as described below. These special devices allow one to remove the tick without squeezing the tick body. This is important as you do not want to crush the tick and force harmful bacteria to leave the tick and enter your pet’s bloodstream.

1. Grab the tick by the head or mouth parts right where they enter the skin. Do not grasp the tick by the body.

2. Without jerking, pull firmly and steadily directly outward. Do not twist the tick as you are pulling.

3. Using methods such as applying petroleum jelly, a hot match, or alcohol will NOT cause the tick to ‘back out.’ In fact, these irritants may cause the tick to deposit more disease-carrying saliva in the wound.

4. After removing the tick, place it in a jar of alcohol to kill it. Ticks are NOT killed by flushing them down the toilet.

5. Clean the bite wound with a disinfectant. If you want to, apply a small amount of a triple antibiotic ointment.

6. Wash your hands thoroughly.

Do not use your fingers to remove or dispose of the tick. We do not want you in contact with a potentially disease-carrying tick. Do NOT squash the tick with your fingers. The contents of the tick can transmit disease.

Still don’t feel comfortable removing the tick? Products like Tick Twister are an easy and effective way to remove ticks without touching them.
Tick Twister

Article by Dr. Foster Smith.

2 Responses to “How To Remove A Tick”

  • Lori says:

    I saw your beautiful Rhodesian in my calendar and looked up your store online. Thanks so much for the informative info on the ticks. It was very helpful and with the crazy weather we have had this winter I’m sure those ticks will be out everywhere. Wish we were closer because I’m sure our Ridgebacks would enjoy playing.

    Spirit’s mom, Lori

  • Alison says:

    Lori, thank you so much for stopping by our website! If you are ever in the area, please stop by – we would love to meet you and Spirit! Until then, you can join us online and find more pictures of Gracie as well as updates right on our Facebook page –

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