Do you know what to do if you discover a tick has latched onto your dog? With a few simple steps, the problem will be taken care of! Here, your Scottsdale, AZ vet tells you how to proceed.
First, put a small amount of rubbing alcohol in a jar. You’ll place the tick in the alcohol after you’ve removed it, effectively killing it and allowing you to save the tick in case your vet needs to examine it later.
Put on a pair of latex gloves and grab a pair of tweezers. Dab a small amount of rubbing alcohol directly onto the area around the tick, then pull straight out with even pressure to remove the tick. Don’t twist or jerk your tweezers, as this can leave the tick’s pincers embedded in your dog’s skin.
Drop the tick in the alcohol and disinfect the bite area on your dog’s skin with more fresh alcohol. Disinfect your tweezers with alcohol or a flame. Over the next few weeks, keep a close eye on the bite area, and let your veterinarian know if something looks unusual. For help with tick removal, call your pet clinic Scottsdale, AZ.