Tips For Removing Ticks from Pets

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Tips For Removing Ticks from Pets
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Ticks pose one of the greatest dangers to household pets. They are capable of transmitting deadly diseases within a day of the bite. So you need to act swiftly if you see a pet leeching off blood from your pet. Read on to learn more about the best method to remove ticks from your pet.

Supplies you will need
  • Rubber or latex gloves
  • Tweezers
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Container or jar with lid
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Rubbing alcohol
Steps for Removal
  • Don the gloves – Gloves are absolutely essential for tick removal. Ticks tend to carry pathogenic agents which seep into the bloodstream, especially if there are breaks in your skin (like cuts, scrapes or bruises). You have to play it very safe and make sure that you have all the protective gear with you.
  • Keep your pet calm – If you are going to remove a tick from your pet, you have to keep him calm. If you poke or prod them in an unusual way, it makes them nervous. Get someone to help you out. They can hold your pet down while you proceed with the removal.
  • Position the tweezers – Get a pair of pointy tweezers and grab the tick near the surface of your dog's skin. Don't pinch the skin of your dog as he will get scared, yelp and move away. Once that happens, good luck trying to get him back in position again.
  • Pull the tick out – Apply steady pressure and pull out the tick in a straight and swift motion. Don't jerk or twist the tick as that can end up leaving the mouthparts of the tick behind on the dog's skin. Also, don't crush or squeeze the tick since their bodily fluids carry infectious material.
  • Kill it – Once you have removed the tick, kill it by dropping it in a container that has rubbing alcohol. Once it is dead, keep it shut in the container in case your dog displays any symptoms.
  • Disinfection – Use wipes or an antiseptic spray to disinfect the site where your pet was bit and watch out for any signs of an infection. If the site become inflamed or remains red even after disinfection, take your pet to the vet immediately, along with the jar with the dead tick in it.
  • Reward him – After you have removed the tick from the cat or dog, praise them for being cooperative. Reward them with a treat and give them extra playtime for some positive reinforcement.

Don't forget to keep a close watch on him for the next few days to make sure that there are no new signs or symptoms such as fatigue, fever, swollen lymph glands and appetite loss. If you notice any of these symptoms, take him to the vet immediately.

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