How to remove a Tick

The image on the right is a tick that was found on one of our patients while they were camping. What do you do if you find a tick on your pet and there are no veterinary services near by ?

First start by collecting necessary materials such as tweezers and gloves. If you do not have gloves, use paper towel or tissue paper to protect your fingers.

You may need a second person to securely hold your pet. Place the tweezers on the tick's head as close to the pets skin as possible. Pull the tick out as straight as possible applying even pressure. DO NOT twist while pulling. It may take time for the tick to release the skin. Continue applying constant pressure until it detaches.

 Ticks can become quite large as they become engorged with blood.

Ticks can become quite large as they become engorged with blood.

You can refrigerate the tick in a container if you would like to have it identified or sent to a lab to test if it carries a disease.

If the site swells after removal this can be due to a normal reaction with the tick's saliva much like a mosquito bite. If it persists or there are any symptoms such as lethargy, decreased appetite, ect contact your veterinarian.

We do not recommend home remedies found online as they can cause the ticks to release saliva, increasing the risk of transmitting diseases. These remedies include holding a match to the end of the tick and using petroleum jelly/grease to suffocate the tick.