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Use Fine-Tipped Tweezers

To safely remove a tick from your dog, grasp it as close to the skin's surface as possible with fine-tipped tweezers.

Pull Slowly and Steadily

Gently pull the tick upward with steady pressure. Avoid jerking or twisting, as this can cause parts of the tick to break off and remain in the skin.

Don't Squeeze or Crush

Be careful not to squeeze the tick's body, as it can release disease-causing pathogens into your dog's bloodstream.

Wear Gloves

If possible, wear gloves to protect your hands from any potential pathogens the tick may carry.

Disinfect the Area

After removing the tick, disinfect the bite site and your hands with rubbing alcohol or an iodine scrub.

Save the Tick

It's a good idea to save the tick in a sealed container with a date in case your dog shows signs of illness later. This can assist veterinarians in diagnosis if needed.

Dispose of the Tick Properly

Dispose of the tick by flushing it down the toilet or placing it in alcohol. Do not crush it with your fingers.

Wash Your Hands

Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water after handling the tick.

Monitor Your Dog

Keep an eye on your dog for any signs of infection or illness after tick removal, such as lethargy, fever, or swelling at the bite site.

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