How to remove
ticks from your dog

how to remove a tick from a dog

If you find a tick on your dog it should be removed as soon as possible. If you are unsure as to whether it’s a paralysis tick or not, it’s best to assume the worst (just in case) and take steps to quickly remove it – or take your dog to your vet immediately and ask them to do it for you.


Use a tick removal tool, like tweezers or a tick fork, to remove the tick. Grab the tick adjacent to your pet’s skin (at the tick mouthparts), twist the tick, then pluck the tick away from the skin. Take care not to squeeze the tick’s body. Removed ticks may still be alive, so be sure they don’t escape to find another host to feed on!


It is possible for a dog to develop signs of tick paralysis even after a tick has been removed, so it is recommended to keep a close eye on your dog for a few days. If you have any concerns about your dog’s health you should seek veterinary attention.


How to prevent your dog coming in contact with ticks


Unfortunately, if your dog likes to spend time outdoors, there’s no way to prevent contact with ticks. But you can help protect against ticks by checking your dog daily and using a proven tick treatment like NexGard® or NexGard SPECTRA®. Just one monthly chew provides effective control of pre-existing paralysis ticks within 24 hours and provides protection for a full month against paralysis ticks, brown dog ticks and bush ticks.


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