Removing a tick from your dog
Although removing a tick from your dog is not an emergency, it is better to remove the tick immediately. This prevents the potential transfer of dangerous conditions such as Lyme disease. The removal of ticks is fairly simple, the only thing you need is a drawing tweezer.
– Do not guess with the fingers or with normal tweezers. Often the head of the tick remains in the skin. This can lead to some reaction.
– The best way to remove the tick is to use a specially designed drawing tweezer. There are different variants.
– Do not anesthetize the tick with alcohol, they just broke their stomach contents in the skin of your dog.
– You pick the tick with the tweezers as close as possible to the skin of your dog, so that the head will not stay in place.
– Then turn the tweezers until the tick comes loose (left or right does not matter)
– Before disposing of the tick (eg in the sink), check whether you have also removed the head.
– If the head is still stuck, it will have to swell out just like a deep splinter. Often there is a bump on the spot where a tick has been. This is not serious, this hump will disappear automatically.
– In case of symptoms after having a tick (eg lethargy / fever / walking) it is important to consult a veterinarian quickly.