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Step-by step: Removing ticks from pets
Ticks are parasites that latch onto the skin of animals and humans and feed off their blood. They can spread diseases so it’s important to remove ticks as quickly as possible.
In most cases, you can remove ticks from your pet at home without going to a vet.
Be careful that you are not accidentally trying to removing anything else, like warts or nipples! Look for the tick’s legs to be sure that it is in fact a tick that you are dealing with.
Once you are sure it is a tick, follow the steps below to remove it from your pet safely:
What you’ll need:
- A tick twister
These are widely available and are the best way to ensure you’ve fully removed the tick and haven’t left anything behind. NEVER try to pull or scrape it off using your fingernails.
- Hand protection (tissue, gloves etc) to avoid touching the tick once removed.
- A sealed container for disposing of the tick.
1. Restrain your pet
Make sure that they can’t accidentally hurt you if you touch an area that is painful or uncomfortable. This is usually best done on the floor on a non-slip surface with an assistant to help you where possible.
2. Spread your pet’s fur to get a better look
Remember to look for legs.
3. Slide the “claw” of the tick twister under the tick’s body
4. Gently twist it until the tick lets go
5. Safely dispose of the tick
6. Examine your pet’s skin
7. Do regular tick checks
Find out more about the dangers of ticks here.