How to remove a tick from a dog and prevent future bites?

Maybe you’ve just returned from a walk with your dog through thick undergrowth – or maybe you live in an area known to have a lot of ticks. Either way, it’s important to keep your pup tick free.

Despite your best efforts to keep your dog healthy, pests such as ticks can sometimes cause health problems for pets. According to the Canine Health Foundation of the American Kennel Club, ticks can carry diseases such as ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Lyme disease.

Vets can treat most tick-borne infections, but you can do your part by making sure no ticks live on your dog in the first place.

How do you remove a tick from a dog?

Before attempting to remove a tick, collect a few items. According to the Humane Society, you’ll need gloves, disinfectant or antiseptic cream, isopropyl alcohol, and tweezers or a tick remover.

It is important to wear gloves throughout the process so as not to expose the tick to your skin.

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