How Do I Remove A Tick From My Dog?

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How do I remove a tick from my dog?

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Should you find a tick on your pet- don’t panic! Ticks can easily be removed by parting your pet’s hair and grabbing the tick with a pair of tweezers. Grab the tick as close to your pet’s skin as possible, trying to remove the insect by its head. Never try to burn off a tick with matches, as this may burn your pet’s skin or hair.

Many people worry about leaving a part of the tick, such as the head or mouth parts, in the skin. If a portion remains, monitor the site closely in the following days. You may notice some redness, and this is expected.  However, if there is significant redness, swelling, or any abdominal discharge, your pet should be seen by a veterinarian.