Finding a tick on your dog, can be alarming at first. But’s there truly no need to panic, just grab the following supplies, as well as your pooch and get ready for removal.

First, find the following items.

  • Gloves
  • Clean tweezers or a tick remover (available at The Big Bad Woof)
  • Disinfectant or antiseptic cream
  • Isopropyl alcohol and a cup

Keep the gloves on at all times to avoid contact with your skin. If you decide to use tweezers:

  1.  Grasp the tick as close to your dog’s skin as possible. Do not grab your pet’s skin with tweezers, just clasp onto the tick as closely to the dog’s skin as you can.
  2. Pull out the tick in a straight, steady motion. Do not wrench, twist or pluck. Pull the tick out in one swift motion–up and out.
  3. Drop the tick in a cup of isopropyl alcohol and note the day you found it.

 

If using a tick remover:

  1. Gently press the remover against your pet’s skin near the tick.
  2. Slide the notch of the remover under the tick, pulling it free.
  3. Drop the tick in a cup of isopropyl alcohol and note the day you found it.

After this, keep a steady watch for any tick-bourne illnesses, like Lyme disease. Wash your hands and clean your dog’s wound with the antiseptic cream. Clean your tweezers or tick remover with isopropyl alcohol. Continue to check the wound for any infection, if the skin remains irritate or infected, seek veterinary assistance.

Take your dog to the vet immediately if you notice any of the following symptoms, which could mean a tick-bourne illness, like Lyme disease:

  • Fever.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Reduced energy.
  • Lameness (can be shifting, intermittent, and recurring)
  • Generalized stiffness, discomfort, or pain.
  • Swelling of joints.

In the case of ticks, prevention is key. If you and your dog spend hours outside in wooded, leafy, or grassy areas, check him each time he comes inside. The Big Bad Woof carries quite a few tick and flea prevention sprays that you can spray before and after your dog goes outside. We highly recommend them if your dog is spending much of his time outdoors.