How to Safely Remove a Tick From a Dog
Or a Cat … or Yourself!
If you find a tick attached to your dog’s or cat’s skin, or your own, there’s no need to panic. Let me show you how to safely remove a tick from a dog, cat, or YOU!
There are several tick removal devices on the market, but a plain set of fine-tipped tweezers will be just as effective in removing the tick.
How to Safely Remove a Tick From a Dog, Cat, or YOU
- Use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin’s surface as possible.
- Pull upward with steady, even pressure. Don’t twist or jerk the tick; this can cause the mouth-parts to break off and remain in the skin. If this happens, remove the mouth-parts with tweezers. If you are unable to remove the mouth easily with clean tweezers, leave it alone and let the skin heal.
- After removing the tick, thoroughly clean the bite area and your hands with rubbing alcohol, an iodine scrub, or soap and water.
*** AVOID folklore remedies such as “painting” the tick with nail polish or petroleum jelly, or using heat to make the tick detach from the skin. Your goal is to remove the tick as quickly as possible–not waiting for it to detach.
If a rash or fever develops within several weeks of removing a tick, see your doctor or vet. Be sure to tell the doctor about your recent tick bite, when the bite occurred, and where you most likely acquired the tick.
SOURCE: Centers for Disease Control
MY QUESTION FOR YOU TODAY:
Have you had to deal with ticks and fleas this year?
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