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The Dab and Tug method This method kills the tick prior to removal and leaves less chance of the tick head remaining buried in the dog’s skin. Squirt the end of a cotton bud with crawling insect spray. Carefully dab the tip of the sprayed cotton bud, onto the body of the tick. TAKE CARE NOT TO TOUCH ANY SKIN ON THE DOG. Wait for 20 minutes for the tick to die and release it’s grip. It can then be removed using tweasers. Wash the site thoroughly with soap and water or sponge with salty water. Simple Tweaser Method Grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible with a pair of tweazers. Go for the head, so as not to squeeze the tick’s body and release more nasties. Smoothly and firmly pull the tick outward in a steady motion, without twisting its body. Wash the bite site with soap and water or sponge with salty water. Make sure you dispose of the tick so it can’t bite again. Flush him down the sink or wrap him in plastic and place in an outside bin.
Which Ticks are Worst? Paralysis Ticks are the most dangerous parasite for dogs on the east coast. Just one tick can cause paralysis and even death, in less than a day. If you spot an engorged tick on your dog, remove it and contact your vet for further information. What are the Symptoms of Tick Paralysis? Toxins released by ticks can cause a loss of volunary movement in dogs. Not all dogs bitten will be affected, however symptoms mayinclude: Vomiting Regurgitation Unsteadiness Weakness in the back legs Partial or complete loss of muscle movement Dilated pupils IF YOUR DOG DISPLAYS ANY OF THESE SYMPTOMS AFTER A TICK BITE, CONTACT YOUR VET IMMEDIATELY.

Tick Removal Guide

Spring and Summer are peak Tick Seasons!

What do you do when your dog has a tick?


If your dog has a long or thick coat, keep it clipped short throughout the warmer months. Not only will your pet enjoy a more comfortable summer, there is a much greater chance that any tick will be spotted. Search your dog for ticks every day. How do I Remove a Tick from my Dog? Ticks are designed to dig in and hang on. Removal can be tricky: if not done correctly, the head of the tick can remain lodged in the skin and cause infection.