Removing a Tick From a Pet

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Removing a tick from a pet requires grabbing the tick by the head, using fingers or tweezers, and pulling it out firmly, careful not to separate the body from the head. Treat a pet with flea and tick prevention, as ticks can spread to humans, with health information from a veterinarian in this free video on pet care.

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Hi, I'm Dr. Aimee Beger. I'm a veterinarian, and this is Mishka. And today, we're going to be talking about how to remove a tick that you find on your dog or cat. The best way to remove a tick from your pet is to gently grab the tick at the head and to give a firm pull. You don't want to use some of the misconceptions or wives' tales that you may have heard, such as lighting a match; of course you would blow it out first, but lighting a match and placing it on the tick to get them to back out. Other methods that have been tried are to take the tick and to twist the tick. You don't want to do that, because most likely you're going to just articulate the head from the body. You're going to get the body, but the head will stay into your dog's, in your dog's skin, and then you're going to have to remove that as well. Another way to remove ticks is to put oil on your pet, and to hopefully; it's almost like drowning the tick and having them back out of your dog's skin. Again, we don't recommend that, but the best way is to just gently grab the tick with your fingers or with a tweezers, and to pull firmly until the tick is completely removed from your pet. Once you do that you may notice that there is a an open wound on your pet. If you do see that there are several ticks on your dog you would definitely want to get them on a flea and tick prevention product, and also, to treat your environment. And also, please keep in mind that ticks could be transferred from your pet onto you, and that ticks do transmit diseases such as Lyme disease, Ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.

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