The Right Way to Remove Ticks From the Family Pet | Print |  E-mail
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Wednesday, 25 July 2012 10:14


07252012TRWTRTOne way that we used to remove ticks from our dogs many years ago was by smearing a dollop of Vaseline over the embedded tick, covering it completely. Eventually, the tick would suffocate or try to escape.

In recent years, however, veterinarians and disease-control experts have recommended against using Vaseline because it can take up to 48 hours for the tick to suffocate.

Ticks need to be removed quickly – within 24 hours or less. Why? Because after a day of feeding, the tick is completely engorged with blood.

To keep feeding, it regurgitates that blood right back into your pet – and if the tick is carrying a disease like Lyme, your pet is likely to be infected.

Ditto with the old-fashioned match trick. When a lighted match is held to the tick, the tick often pulls out quickly -- but it tends to regurgitate as it does so.

So what’s the best way to remove ticks? Experts recommend tweezers, grabbing as close to the tick’s head as possible. Slowly pull the head out without twisting or jerking, being careful not to squish the tick for the reasons listed above.

If the tick’s head or part of its head breaks off in the skin, monitor your pet for a few days. It should be worked out by your pet’s own body, but if signs of infection appear, contact your veterinarian.


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